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"Fusing gospel music with tap, stepping and georgeous gumboot dancing - this movement as a communal celebration"

THE NEW YORK TIMES

What Makes Step Afrika! Unique

The Company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

Step Afrika! holds workshops, residency programs and a variety of arts education activities for K-12 and college students in its home of Washington, DC and in cities around the world.

Trailer short

Dancers
 

Emanuel Chacon |Deatrice Clark|Matthew Evans|Kiera Harley|Jabari Jones
|Conrad Kelly|Vincent Montgomery|Joe Murchison| Ronnique Murray | Olabode “Buddie” Oladeinde | Anesia Sandifer | Brittny Smith | Jordan Spry | Ta’Quez Whitted | Jerel L. Williams

  

STEP AFRIKA! Artistic Director: Mfoniso Akpan

DANCING THE ROOTS

Step Afrika! pays homage to the African American step show, introduces audiences to Zulu and South African Gumboot Dance, shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony that brings audiences to their feet.

 

What is Stepping?

Stepping is a rising art form and an important part of America’s artistic and cultural heritage. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word.

Origin of Stepping

Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. It draws movements from African foot dances, such as Gumboot, originally conceived by miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming, which was banned by authorities.

The stepping tradition in the United States grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s.

 

 

“The performance that this phenomenally accomplished Washington–based company gave Thursday evening at the Cutler Majestic Theatre turned body language into body music. The kind that makes you want to get up and dance.”   
The Boston Globe 

STEPPING TODAY

Today stepping can also be found in schools, competitions on college campuses, churches and community organizations around the country.

The brand new film documentation STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

 

Dokumentation: STEP | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

The Performance “not only deepens our understanding of artistic innovation but also connects with varied audiences. It’s for people who enjoy athletic and virtuosic dancing, those who understand the history of stepping and its codes, those who are curious about American history, and it’s for anyone who’s seeking a life-affirming evening of theater.” DC Theatre Scene

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