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‘Step’ to this Toe-tapping Campus Tradition

Published: February 19, 2013 | Category: Special Events

Dance groups from Las Vegas, Nev., as well as St. George, Cedar City, Salt Lake City and Logan, Utah, will all come together to kick up their knees and step in precision at Southern Utah University’s ninth annual step showcase on February 22. This popular event is a campus and community favorite year after year and is sure to entertain all.

In general, step dancing refers to any form of dance where the footwork is the most important part of the dance; the production at SUU originates from African American fraternities and sororities in a percussive form of dance with origins in military drills and African foot dances.

If this year’s show is anything like years past, the not just talented but absolutely entertaining dancers coming together on SUU’s stage will have the entire audience on their feet and smiling before the night’s end.

SUU’s own Delta Psi Omega will represent Cedar City in the family-friendly show, which is open to all and will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday in the SUU Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Southern Utah University’s Black Student Union (BSU) and the SUU Student Association will be sponsoring this year’s step show, one of many events slated on campus to commemorate Black History Month.

According to this year’s BSU president, Meskerem Tadesse, the Black Student Union is excited to share this experience with the whole of the community, a chance for all to appreciate the different cultures and diversity in the area.

Tickets to this year’s step show are available at the door and are $3 for SUU students with ID, $5 for adults, $3 for children under 18, and free for children under 5.

An after party and dance for all SUU students will follow this year’s step show, hosted by SUU's Orchesis Dance Company. Admission to the dance is $2 with student ID. Students may receive a $1 admission discount if they have attended the step show and bring their ticket.

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