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The Phi Beta Sigma Step Show Competition winners—The Alpha Eta Chapter at FAMU in Tallahassee, Fla.

Thousands of Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta members, as well as their guests, attended the fraternity’s national Centennial Step Show Competition July 17 to watch seven teams representing each of Phi Beta Sigma’s regions battle for the most coveted title of being crowned as the step team of the century.

The show took place in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C. during the fraternity’s Centennial Celebration – One Century of Service festivities.

The first place winner of the competition was the most excellent Alpha Eta Chapter Step Team from FAMU in Tallahassee, Fla.; second place winner was the mighty Blue Assassins Step Squad comprised of members from Howard University, Bowie Sate, and the University of Maryland; and, the third place winner was the No Mercy Step Team consisting of an all star group of members from New Jersey.

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The Phi Beta Sigma Step Show Competition crowd.

Sigma brother and comedian, Joey Wells emceed the event, donning a blue cap and white T-shirt with the Sigma emblem.

Amid cheers of encouragement and the traditional Sigma call and response, brothers performed creative but calculated routines, featuring a wide array of acrobatic stunts and the fraternity’s signature movement, the Nut Cracker, to pay homage to the organization’s ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.

They also looked the part, dressed in a myriad of costumes from Sunday-best attire to camouflage, SWAT safety vests, and their enigmatic Sigma emblem and gear.

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Phi Beta Sigma International President teaching some ‘Old School’ steps at the Step Show Competition.

After the winners were announced, the crowd erupted in excitement as Jonathan A. Mason, international president, taught the young brothers a thing or two by showing them some ‘old school’ stepping.

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LaTrina Antoine

Special to the AFRO