INDIANAPOLIS—The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Tau Chapter at Indiana University are making national headlines days after an all white sorority from the University of Arkansas stepped their way into the number one spot at the Sprite Step Off competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Who do you think it is? That's right! It's the Zetas, Zetas, Zetas! First place," said celebrity presenter rapper Ludacris.
Stepping--the military style of rhythmic dancing and drill routines; a decades old tradition, dominant among historically black sororities and fraternities, until now.
On February 20, Zeta Tau Alpha's matrix-themed performance stunned the audience of nearly five thousand people.
Comedian and emcee Ryan Cameron said, "I saw you, I saw you you were like Stepping is for everybody!"
The all white sorority received rave reviews, until the winning ensemble was posted for the world to see on YOUTUBE. Once posted on the internet site, the comments began to pour in, some called in "cultural theft."
One week later, a surprise announcement from the Sprite Step Off competition organizers saying,
"After the competition, we conducted a post-competition review and discovered a scoring discrepancy. There is no conclusive interpretation, nor definitive resolution for the discrepancy. Sprite is committed to upholding the honesty and integrity of the competition. Because the scoring discrepancy cannot be resolved and due to the extremely narrow margin between the first and second place winning sororities, we believe that the appropriate course of action is to name both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter and Zeta Tau Alpha, Epsilon Chapter, co-first place winners of the Sprite Step Off. Accordingly, we will increase Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter's scholarship prize to $100,000, consistent with first prize winnings. Sprite Step Off was created for the primary purpose of awarding scholarships and supporting talented college students in their quest for higher education."
Jasmine Starks, President of Indiana University's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated says, "I understand that they're saying that the art of stepping is culturally African American and it's been in the Greek sororities and fraternities, but Sprite wanted to put on a multi-cultural step show and I think that they did what they went out for."
According to Alexandra Kosmitis President of The University of Arkansas' Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, "On our campus, the Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter holds an annual unity step show and this started about 16 years ago and we began stepping then so it's been something we've been doing for a while, but this past year we decided to take it to a different level and enter into the sprite competition."
Deandre Clark attended the step show and says, "A lot of people might feel someone who does not have this background, how could they truly understand what it means to be out there stepping? On the other hand it could make you happy that stepping is going farther than just African Americans."
CNN contributed reporting.