The Howard University Step Team recently earned its first win of the 2019-20 academic year at the ninth annual “Hit ‘Em With the Beats Step” competition at Princeton University.
In the defeat of the Ladies of Elegance of Temple University, UConn All Stars of University of Connecticut, and Cadence Step Team of Stonybrook University, the team secured its fourth victory at the competition — hosted by the Princeton High Steppers — with an average score of 86/100.
“I’m glad that so many new members were able to have this experience,” Chidera Onwunaka, junior and vice president of the Howard University Step Team, said in a statement. “The process of creating and learning a show was new to most of the members competing, so the fact that we were able to secure a win is a testament of how hard the team worked over the last four weeks. It was an amazing bonding experience for all of us, and something that we will always remember.”
The competition team of 17 steppers, including 12 first-year members, performed an 8-minute show inspired by the 2000 comedy movie “Bring It On.” Practices began in mid-October, giving participants four weeks to learn and perfect the show.
“I’m new to the team and have never done a step show before, so I was very nervous about how it would go,” said freshman Alaycia Whitacker. “My teammates and I put in a lot of work over the past month to get ready. I’m proud of that the fact that we were able to represent Howard in the way we did, especially at a school as prestigious as Princeton.”
Howard’s latest participation marked the team’s sixth time competing at Princeton University.