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“Hot,” “Cool,” and “Getting Down”: African American Style and Aesthetics in Stepping

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Stepping is an African American dance and performance tradition unique to African American Greek communities. Dating back to the 1930s, it developed from pledges marching in line as part of their initiation into the Greek organizations. Creating step routines parallels the important African American feature of songs, which is lyric sampling. Like lyric sampling, new stepping pieces are created by borrowing pieces of other routines and making improvisations.