Stompfest, coordinated by Kappa Iota Theta, Lipscomb's mulit-cultural student organization, will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Collins Alumni Auditorium. Stompfest is Lipscomb's own version of a traditional step competition between social clubs and student-led groups.
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The third annual Stompfest will include eight student groups who will interpret this year’s theme — “The Underground” -- through their performances. Organizers are partnering with Lipscomb’s Department of Theatre to design sets that reflect the theme. Each group will present a five to seven minute show that includes step and creative movement. Judges will give each group a score based on creativity and execution of the choreography.
Stepping, or step-dancing, is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. The step movement started with the African American military as a call and response exercise. Step dancing and it's role in historically black colleges was highlighted in the 2007 film Stomp the Yard.
“Stompfest is a culture blast,” said Shawna Rayford, president of Kappa Iota Theta. “It has been amazing to see so many people on campus who want to learn about this type of creative expression.”
Teams will compete to win the "Boot" trophy and $250 that their club or group can use to further their goals.