Step Afrika! Step Xplosion
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4pm
The Music Center
$35 - $75
Step Afrika!’s third annual showcase at Strathmore is a celebration of Black History Month, and it’s going to be big! Percussive dance styles historically practiced by African American fraternities and sororities plus African traditional dance and art forms from around the world come together as Step Afrika! integrates songs, storytelling, and humor into a highly entertaining, interactive show. Watch as the top step teams from across the country showcase the kind of technique and agility that inspires audiences everywhere, and see how Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, promoting teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding.
- Founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States.
- Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres; the troupe also performs globally and serves as a cultural ambassador.
- Students in K–12 as well as college participate in Step Afrika! workshops, residency programs, and a variety of arts education activities in the Washington, DC area, and in cities around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc-Beta Chapter
Dem Raider Boyz Step Squad
HYPE 3G Step Team
The Lady Raiders
QuaDrew Step Team
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
This concert will run approximately 120 minutes with an informal intermission.
Preconcert lecture: A Celebration of African-American History & Culture
Sunday, February 12, 2:30pm
A conversation highlighting the role of the performing and visual arts in the African-American community since the late 1700s. With Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, Ph.D., a Museum Curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). C. Brian Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Step Afrika!, will also participate in the discussion. Moderated by Janice Ferebee, MSW (NMAAHC Docent & long-time Step Afrika! supporter). Free with concert ticket.
Go green! As part of Strathmore’s ongoing effort to conserve natural resources, we’re providing a digital version of the concert program in advance. Help us save paper by using this e-program instead of taking a hard copy at the door. Download the program.
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