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SEVEN STEP & STROLL SUBJECTS EVERY STEP MISTRESS SHOULD KNOW

22 Nov 2018 12:42 AM | Anonymous


SEVEN STEP & STROLL SUBJECTS EVERY STEP MISTRESS SHOULD KNOW

By: Stephanie Brinkley, Esq., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Southeastern Region Legal Advisor

From the “Greek Sings” of the early 1900’s to the modern day stroll-off, step and stroll exhibitions have become centerpieces of the Greek landscape. Although many Latin, multicultural and non-traditional dance teams have adopted forms of step in their routines, the National Pan-Hellenic Council continues to be the leader in advancing and protecting this cultural art form.

Here in the Southeastern Region of Sigma Gamma Rho, we have found great success in using step and stroll shows as a platform to highlight our unique style, talents and history.  More specifically, our teams have confidently secured “Ws” (and notoriety) all over the country by ensuring the following elements are in their performances.

  1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
    When your team hits the stage, it should be clear from your appearance that Sigma Gamma Rho is about to dominate!

  • Embrace the gold in your costuming.

  • Wear shoes with a safe, but loud heel and sole (i.e. no combat boots…not only are they not aesthetically pleasing, but rubber soled flat boots are not loud on any stage).

  • Wear breathable, but controlling undergarments that keep everything in place.

  • Make-up and hair should be neat (if wigs are worn, make sure they are secured).

  • If performing in a large stage show, consider brightly colored make-up and accessories.

  1. A/V WORKING FOR, NOT AGAINST YOU
    Nothing loses an audience’s attention faster than a video that does not connect with the theme or is poorly executed.  And every step mistress dreads the possibility that when her team hits the stage the music won’t play. Avoid audio-visual missteps.

  • Do not over rely on a video to make your theme make sense.

  • Make sure your music and video are high quality. If budget and time permit, use a professional videographer or music studio

  • Be sure to have multiple copies of your video and music on multiple mediums (e.g. saved on a flash drive, stored in a cloud-based tool and saved on a DVD).

  • Select songs that will connect with your audience, and that do not include profanity, racial slurs, or degrading or sexually suggestive lyrics (I am told that we make somewhat of an exception for Shake That Monkey…however, this officer is still reviewing the lyrics. #SideEye)

  1. CONFIDENCE WINS SHOWS
    Remember, this is a performance! Showmanship counts. Seize the opportunity to be (reasonably) over the top and sell Sigma to the crowd (haters included).

  • Work on facial expressions and talking parts as a team. Consider practicing in front of a mirror.

  • Remind team members that if they mess up, they must smile and keep going.

  • Perform for the people in the very back of the room – make sure your movements are large, your words are clear. Represent Sigma boldly!

  • If a stunt is not coming together, a chant is lackluster or a cane routine is sloppy, take it out of the show! Only present show elements that are of high Sigma quality. If in doubt, take it out. Either the step/stroll mistress can make the call, or decide as a team.

  1. U-N-I-T-Y

  • When you get on stage, you should look the same in costume and in movements.

  • Step and stroll shows can be stressful on even the most experienced teams. If there is a conflict, work through it. Your team will be made stronger by your ability to bounce back from a moment of tension.

  1. THEMED TO WIN

  • Do include the overall theme of the show in your presentation (e.g. if the show’s theme is “Embracing the Legacy” think of a unique way to add this to your presentation).

  • Do include history about the Sorority.

  • Do not use the show as a place to degrade (or even mention, for that matter) any other organization. It’s not about them…it’s all about the Royal Blue and Gold.

  • We are well known for The Sigma Lean. If your team can execute this confidently, safely and precisely, help us strengthen our brand by putting The Sigma Lean in your next show.

  1. (PERFECT) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

  • Avoid practice distractions – do not invite inactive sorors or special guests to your practices.

  • Set reasonable practice dates and times, and avoid last minute date and/or time changes.

  • If someone cannot make it to multiple practices, consider whether or not they will be show ready in time and make adjustments as needed.

  • Run your step or stroll performance full-out several times (e.g. full energy, doing all moves as you will on show day). This will test your team’s endurance to get through the entire show without stopping.

  • A few days before the big show, do a full dress rehearsal where all costume pieces are worn, music and videos are used, and props are in place.

  1. BE SAFE…AND HAVE FUN!

Building a step team is a great way to boost Chapter morale and build lasting Sigma relationships. No matter what the outcome of the show is, keep your team members close and use this as an opportunity to connect.

  • Plan to eat together before and after practices and shows. And uplift each other through the sometimes long and challenging practices.

  • Only practice in secure places with appropriate lighting and security (e.g. on-campus rooms). Practicing on public streets or garages where this is heavy traffic is not recommended.

  • Undergraduate teams – Invite your grad chapter members to your final dress rehearsal to watch your show.

  • Invite Sorors to the performance. Give ample notice and details on how to buy tickets. Always thank Sorors for their support and invite non-financial Sorors to reactivate and come home to Sigma.

** REMEMBER, STEP SHOWS NEED REGIONAL LEGAL ADVISOR APPROVAL. YARD SHOWS AND NEW MEMBER PRESENTATIONS REQUIRE APPROVAL FROM THE GRADUATE CHAPTER ADVISOR.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT STEP SHOW APPROVALS?
E-MAIL SOUTHEASTLEGAL@SGRHO1922.ORG.


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