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According to Isaac Henderson, step master of Iota Beta and fourth-year Education student, the Alphas incorporate movements in their performances intended to resemble that of an ape or cobra by bending their arms and knees into different poses that mimic the animals.
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Step by step, Iota Beta discovers brotherhood through dance

Dating back to the mid-1900s, step dancing — or “stepping” — and strolling have become an integral part of Black fraternities and sororities across the United States. This is no exception to the Iota Beta chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., as they introduce their first-ever Stroll Like An Alpha competition to the greater University community this December.