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Image: Students display the African-American tradition of stepping at Stompfest.
Students display the African-American tradition of "stepping" at Stompfest. (Archive photo)
Image: Comic Co Coa Brown Image: Rodney Johnson
Comics Co Coa Brown and Rodney Johnson

Teams from southeastern universities will display the African-American tradition of “stepping” on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Stompfest 2006, part of Homecoming activities at Western Carolina University.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western.

Stepping originated with the “boot-dances” of workers in the coal and diamond mines of South Africa who performed precision step routines to pass away the time as they worked in the mines. African-American fraternities and sororities adapted the evolving art form in the 1920s, and the tradition has expanded through the history of those Greek-lettered organizations.

Stompfest 2006 will feature teams from universities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Comics at Stompfest will be Rodney Johnson, who has made appearances on television programs including "The Fresh Prince" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and Co Coa Brown, who is described as a combination of Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Monroe and Whoopi Goldberg.

The event is sponsored by Western's Organization of Ebony Students, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Residential Living and Last Minute Productions.

Tickets for Stompfest are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  For tickets or more information, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (828) 227-2276.

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