Strolling is a tradition that traces back to the early 1900s to Black greek organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (the first historically black greek sorority), and is a tradition practiced by many organizations to this day.
Strolling functions by having members of a particular greek organization line up one after another. Similar to saluting, they begin to move forward in the same dance motions, or many times alternating dance moves.
Started in 1920 by the Divine 9, many have differing opinions as to who originally started strolling, though much historical respect is given to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for beginning the tradition.
Also the actual act of traditional dance and celebratory dances can be traced all the way back to the passing on of strong African-American roots in many Greek life organizations.
So as the many Greeks began to stroll and step, competitions and legacy strollers began to form. The culture of strolling is the strongest on HBCU campuses, where even first year students are allowed to stroll for their Residence Hall before they are allowed to pledge their sophomore year.
As of 2014, there are over 60 sororities and 50 fraternities with the highest rate of expansion happening with Latin American Greek Life organizations. Watch Abby Hall a residence hall at Spelman College perform and win the Stroll Off contest last year!
Strolling is also known as a “party walk.” Strolling combines dancing to music, spoken word and stepping.