The ultimate step-off


    Get ready to set it off, steppin’ style, with six Greek-letter organizations battling to be the best.
    Rainforest Films, who brought you the hit film Stomp the Yard, has partnered with Sprite and MTV2 to bring you “Get Ready to Stomp,” a docu-series hosted by Ludacris following the Sprite Step-Off competition. The show features six talented step teams that will get the opportunity to show off their skills and rep their fraternity or sorority.
    Shot on location at various college campuses, "Get Ready To Stomp" spotlights Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha,  Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Tau Alpha. ZTA recently began stepping and broke out of the mold when they came in first place in their area, winning a spot on the show, which predominantly features historically Black Greek-letter organizations.
    The teams will be going hard—or going home—for a shot at a combined prize pool of $1.5 million in scholarships, not to mention bragging rights as the top steppers in the land.
    Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films, along with his partner Will Packard, are both members of A Phi A. Rob felt that gave them a certain amount of sensitivity towards the extensive effort and intensity that these teams put into everything they do—from juggling school, friends, family, work and any other commitments, to almost constant practice and preparation—as they compete to be the best of the best.
    According to Rob, this project is about more than just talent. “We wanted to show how big of a deal it is to be able to compete at this level,” he said. “It’s about commitment and determination. It’s about learning how to sacrifice and prioritize and being able to play through the pain to reach your goal.”
    Rob and Will’s goal was to make sure they created a good, solid portrayal of Greek life, from the fundamental basis of brotherhood and sisterhood bonding, to community outreach services, which was actually a part of the competition itself. At the regional level of the competition, teams participated in the Sprite Service Challenge and spent time at a local Boys and Girls Club, giving back to the community.
    Rob has high hopes for the success of his latest project. “When this is successful—and, yes, I’m claiming it—I think the competition will be even more fierce next year.”
    "Get Ready To Stomp" marches on the scene starting this Sunday, January 31, at 3 p.m. EST on MTV2. 



    — Ariana Gordon




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