Arts Education

In-School Programs

Step Afrika! is offering a FREE performance to
DCPS and DCPCS middle school students!

Thanks to the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Step Afrika! is delighted to give students in grades 6-8 from across DC the chance to experience Step Afrika!’s production of The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence at The Hartke Theatre on June 5 or 6, 2018 at 10am. More than 1,300 students will enjoy an educational performance based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic painting series that tells the story of African-American migrants moving from the south to the north in the early 1900’s.

Both performances are now at capacity. Schools are still being accepted for the waiting list.

Click here to apply to be added to the waiting list.

Click Here for some educational background on The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

For questions, email or call 202-399-7993 ext. 103


Step Afrika!’s The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence student matinees are funded 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.

Stepping into Schools

Step Afrika! Reads

Step Afrika! Reads is a program 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.




Stepping with Step Afrika!

A highly interactive 50-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 highlights 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 Afrikaprogram guide.

Step Up to College

A 7 to 9 week residency program (in school or after school) for 5-12 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:


Step Afrika! Elementary School Activity Journal
Step Afrika! Middle School Activity Journal
Step Afrika! High School Activity Journal

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.

Step Shop Workshop

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.

Step Afrika! Masterclass

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.


Lectures and Discussions on Stepping

Presentation on the history and development of stepping as an American art form, including an inside look at the historical timeline of the tradition.





Youth Conference

This day-long intensive program is perfect for a Saturday afternoon. It walks new and experienced steppers through a series of workshops designed to give students in grades three to 12 critical information on the form and function of collegiate stepping. Tailor-made for the youth step team member or energetic student, the conference ends with a mini-exhibition where participants highlight lessons and choreography learned. A community service project is integrated into the program. The conference can be coupled with a Step Afrika! performance for added excitement.