Shadaé Simpson | Staff Writer
Hampton University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) held its annual stroll off show Jan. 17 in the Student Center Atrium.
The show brought together Hampton University’s Black Greek-letter organizations to see who could execute their strolls and put on the most entertaining show for the student body. Students arrived almost an hour before the show began just to get a good seat.
HU student Ashaye Clarke, a junior pharmacy major from Maryland, was excited to gather with friends at the show to kick off the weekend.
“The stroll competitions on our campus are usually really interesting and fun to attend,” Clarke said. “I’m excited to see what the vibe is like tonight.”
Each organization stepped and danced in formation to their own themed routines. The theme for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was firefighters in training. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. had an Olympic-themed performance along with athletic clothes and equipment. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. gave a Men in Black theme. And, finally, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brought back some R&B and Soul throwbacks with their BET Awards-themed performance.
The performers from each organization were very dynamic. The synchronization and sharpness of each team showcased their individuality and dedication to their organization. The energy in the room was electrifying because the performers’ high energy throughout the night prompted the audience to stay in tune with the show, sing along to the music and dance around. This made the performers even more hype during their strolls.
As the DJ controlled the crowd for the last time, the judges of the competition tallied up the scores. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. walked away as the 2020 Stroll-Off Competition champions, bringing home the winning trophies. Although only two teams could be selected as champions, this year’s show featured an intense and competitive lineup of performances that were all very deserving.
HU student Paige-Monét Vosges, a senior journalism major, said her favorite part of the show was seeing the creativity of the performances, and she was surprised by all the work and effort that was put into creating the perfect show.
“I loved that everyone was so energized,” Vosges said. “Everyone enjoyed themselves. I love that we were all able to come together and really just enjoy everything about the moment.”
All in all, NPHC’s event was worth catching. It provided a night of free entertainment and an engaging experience. Attendees, who were mainly HU students, appeared to have a great time intermingling with each other and enjoying the music being played.