Shimmy with the Kappas on March 22

Many people have seen the signature shimmy of the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., also known as the Kappas. It’s always exciting for spectators to watch the brothers step and shimmy along with the music.

On March 22, a group of lucky girls gets to learn how to perform this special move during Shimmy Like A Kappa, a friendly competition hosted by the Kappa brothers. Women on campus get to sign up on a team, be taught different moves by the brothers, and then get to perform them in a competition setting.

Davon Sawyer, President of the Lambda Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said “the main purpose of Shimmy Like A Kappa is to give the ladies on campus a chance to participate in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Many ladies see us shimmy, but this gives them the chance to show off in front of a crowd for one day.”

Sawyer describes the competition process. “Each team creates routines for two rounds, normally between 4-5 minutes each round,” he said. “The day of the competition each team will perform their first round, then intermission and after they perform their second round. We normally have the crowd decide the winner or we will get judges.”

Shimmy Like a Kappa, in its third year, is becoming a fun tradition for the brothers of the Lambda Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Though we all like to see the brothers shimmy, stepping and shimmying is deeply rooted in their brotherhood. Sawyer says “Stepping is really important to our brotherhood because it is something the fraternity has been doing for a number of years.”

The tradition of stepping has been evident in all of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) fraternities and sororities.  Coming up soon is the Party Walk, a step competition for all NPHC organizations on campus, hosted by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Tickets for the Party Walk go on sale February 22, at the Lane Box Office.

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