Precision. Style. Chanting. The thudding rhythm of a dozen or more boots hitting the stage at the same time. The slap of hands on chests, thighs and upper arms. Singing and storytelling through the body.
Six teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana make it all go down Saturday night at Waco Hall at the 14th annual Battle on the Burning Sands Step Show.
The show, hosted by the Tau Alpha chapter of the black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha at Baylor University, is one of the largest collegiate step shows in the Southwest and comes as part of this week’s Big 12 Conference On Black Student Government held at Baylor.
Teams will compete for $4,000 in prize money with social media and video producer Mark Philips hosting the evening. The long-running step show is expected to draw more than 1,200 fans, said Reggie Singletary, one of the show’s organizers.
The show raises funds for Tau Alpha’s scholarships and community service projects, including Tribute to a Black Woman, the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship and the Boys and Girls Club of Waco, Singletary said.
Over the last three years, Tau Alpha has awarded approximately $12,000 in scholarships, he added.