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Dance, Heritage arts, Music
Foreign language, Language Arts, Physical Education/Health, Social studies
Step Afrika's intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. They are celebrating stepping, a uniquely American dance style created by African-American college students. Highlighting stepping's deep ties to academic achievement, the energetic five-member ensemble of college graduates mixes the power of stepping with universal lessons of teamwork, discipline and commitment. Combining chants, footsteps and claps, they also incorporate African traditions, demonstrated through a lively South African gumboot dance. Students enjoy learning basic step choreography and discover how dance unites people and cultures. As the first professional company dedicated to stepping, Step Afrika performs worldwide and won the D.C. Mayor's Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Award in 2006.
"This was a tremendous assembly that introduced students to a "new" way of dancing....students learned the historical, cultural, and social context of life in South Africa as well as college life in America."
- ASSEMBLY COORDINATOR, SAINTS PETER AND PAUL SCHOOL
$975 single show / $1300 back-to-back shows
Fees above are for school daytime programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and northern Virginia only. Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ - please contact us.
*Travel fees are additional
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Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, a unique dance style whose roots lie in the African-American fraternity and sorority system. Founded in 1994, the company is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Step Afrika! serves as a cultural ambassador for the United States, representing the nation at events around the world through special invitations from American embassies. Its signature event, the annual Step Afrika! International Cultural Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the fruit of a ten-year collaboration with the Soweto Dance Theatre that unites artists from around the world. The company is a model for the use of stepping in educational settings, espousing themes such as teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. Other performance highlights include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and Washington Performing Arts Society, in addition to an annual 50-city tour of American colleges and universities.
Step Afrika! is a 2006 recipient of the Mayor's Art Award for Outstanding Contribution to Art Education, the highest designation for arts organizations in the District of Colombia.
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Step Afrika! presents the highly percussive rhythms of stepping and its unique roots in the African-American fraternity and sorority system.
This highly interactive story time presented by two dancers from Step Afrika! is designed for children ages preK – 2nd grade. Two storybooks are read with the children, and then all audience members (including adults) are invited to get up on their feet to participate in a mini- workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!
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