Step Afrika! is the first professional company worldwide dedicated to the African-American dance of stepping. Stepping is a form of percussive dance that involves the dancer’s entire body being used as an instrument (clapping, stomping, etc.) to produce complex rhythms and sounds. This dance was derived from African foot dances, such as Gumboot, which was used by miners in South Africa because authorities banned drums. Step Afrika! uses its performances to promote the art of stepping and its ways of being an educational, fun, and healthy tool for people. Step dancing is a great way to learn teamwork, discipline and commitment. Over the past twenty-one years, Step Afrika! has become one of the top 10 African-American Dance Companies in America and has become the largest African-American arts organization in Washington D.C.
If this dance company interests you and you would love to see one of their shows, you are in luck! Salem State University is fortunate enough to be able to host one of their performances.
On Monday, November 14 from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Step Afrika! will be performing some of its step dance pieces.
The performance will take place in the Ellison Campus Center on North Campus in Veterans Hall.
Come enjoy a wonderful dance performance that pays homage to African-American heritage!