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Step Afrika!


Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It now ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States.

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. We accomplish this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs and performances world-wide. Step Afrika! has earned Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (2005); Innovation in the Arts (2008); and Excellence in an Artistic Discipline (2012); and most recently served as the featured artist at the White House’s African-American History Month Reception in February 2016.

Summer Steps with Step Afrika! is the company's flagship arts education program. Led by the award-winning and multi-talented artists of Step Afrika!, the week-long summer camp combines core values of teamwork, commitment, discipline and academic achievement with excellent performance and artistic training. the camp culminates with a “step show” performance for family, friends and the public.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/11/2018: Target Family Night: Step Afrika!

Target Family Night: Clap, slap, stomp, and step to the beat as students from Summer Steps—Step Afrika!’s flagship arts education program—take the stage with an exhilarating performance that culminates their week-long camp. Watch as they blend technique, agility, and pure energy in a step show that is sure to leave the audience with their hearts pounding.

 Step Afrika!