Step Afrika!

  • About the Artist:

    Step Afrika! promotes an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational, and healthy tool for young people. The company accomplishes this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs, and performances around the world. Step Afrika! believes that the values of teamwork, discipline, and commitment are essential to success in stepping and throughout life. Performances and educational programs are structured to connect with audiences and create a positive influence on students’ lives.

    Over the past 20+ years, Step Afrika! has grown to become one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the U.S. and Washington DC’s largest African American arts organization. Step Afrika! tours nationally and internationally, presenting performances, residencies, and workshops worldwide. The company has performed in Israel, Oman, South Africa, Slovenia, the Caribbean, and even at The White House!

    Category:

    • Dance

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • workshop
    • assembly
    • virtual
    • Stepping with Step Afrika!

      Description:

      This highly interactive performance highlights the rhythm, physicality and history of stepping. Performers incorporate world traditions, demonstrated through lively South African gumboot dance, and introduce the concepts of teamwork, discipline and commitment. Students enjoy getting on their feet to learn basic step choreography and discover how dance brings people and cultures together.

      Virtual program options are available.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Dance, Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Step Afrika! Reads

      Description:

      Step Afrika! Reads is a performance designed to encourage young children of all cultural and economic backgrounds to be active. It emphasizes the importance of parents reading to their children on a daily basis. This is a 35-minute program.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK–2nd

      Curriculum Connections

      Combines reading, exercise, and creative movement

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Step Afrika! Workshops, Master Classes, & Residencies

      Description:

      Step Afrika! workshops cover stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, college life, and simple health and fitness. Students gain self-confidence and learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline. Residencies allow students to learn choreography and collaborate, develop skills in improvisation, listening, and creative thinking. Master classes are designed for students with previous stepping/dance experience and focus on learning choreography from Step Afrika! artists.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      4+

      Curriculum Connections

      Material can be adjusted for beginning to advanced students/dancers and tailored to the needs of dance groups and step teams.

      This program is offered as:

      • residency
      • workshop
      • virtual
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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Artivate, Inc.
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    (301) 588-7525
    State / County:
    Maryland

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