Step Afrika! is delighted to give students in grades 6-8 from across DC the chance to experience Step Afrika!’s 25th Anniversary performance at The Hartke Theatre on June 4, 5, or 11, 2019. More than 1,000 students will enjoy a retrospective performance of prominent works created during Step Afrika!’s 25-year history. Paying homage to the tradition of stepping, its history and influences, the interactive experience will introduce students to another aspect of African American history.
CLICK HERE to apply for this all-expense paid trip for your middle school students to see Step Afrika! in June.
Step Afrika!’s matinee performances are sponsored in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
We also bring the energy and excitement of stepping to your school. We offer a variety of programs with curriculum based on the students’ age group.
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 to reading to their children on a daily basis. The 35-minute program is structured for PreK-2nd grade students and combines reading, exercise and creative movement.
A highly interactive 45-minute performance for K-12 students that highlights the rhythm, physicality and history of stepping, and culminates in a group activity to get students on their feet.
The program introduces the ties between stepping, college life and academic achievement. It introduces the concepts of teamwork, discipline and commitment. Performers incorporate world traditions, demonstrated through the lively South African gumboot dance. Students enjoy learning basic step choreography and discover how dance brings people and cultures together. Check out our Stepping with Step Afrika! program guide.
A weekly residency program (in school or after school) for 4-12 grade students. The curriculum covers stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, preparation for college life and simple health and fitness. Participating students receive an age-appropriate activity journal that will supplement these in-class discussions:
Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment and discipline as a part of their own “step team” by working together to create choreography and seeing how every member of the team adds value to their performance. Students also gain self-confidence through creating their own steps and performing at a culminating performance for family and friends.
A 90-minute workshop that emphasizes creativity in the art form of stepping. Two – three artists engage a maximum of twenty students in a series of exercises that encourage them to create percussive sounds. Once they learn the basic elements of stepping, they ultimately collaborate with each other to create a step routine. Students will develop improvisation skills, listening, creative thinking and cognitive skills as they also learn the cultural history and relevance of stepping.
A 75-minute workshop catered for students who have previous stepping/dance experience. One – two artists teach a maximum of twenty students choreography that is appropriate for their skill level. A 15-minute talk back concludes the session, where students can ask dancers about their experience as a professional dancer, life on tour, greek and college life.
This masterclass will help any grade school step team prepare for a upcoming performance. Step Afrika! will review the choreographed show, suggest edits, and train the students on performance elements such as stage presence, precision, voice projection, and staging.
Presentation on the history and development of stepping as an American art form, including an inside look at the historical timeline of the tradition.