Students from Morningside and Westchester High Schools recently showed off their stepping skills as part of the Black History Month celebration at West Los Angeles College.
Stepping is a long-standing tradition with the African American fraternities and sororities. Performers take on the percussive-style dance using their entire bodies to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word and hand claps.
The college’s Black Student Union sponsored the activity. The historically African American fraternities of Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi and the sorority Sigma Gamma Rho trained the high school student performers.