Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as 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. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.
Step Afrika! holds workshops, residency programs and a variety of arts education activities for K-12 and college students in its home of Washington, DC and in cities around the world.
Mayors Arts Awards
2005 Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
2008 Innovation in the Arts
2012 Excellence in an Artistic Discipline
Metro DC Dance Awards
2008 Outstanding New Work
2009 Named DC’s Cultural Ambassador
2010 Outstanding Group Performance
2011 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance
Step Afrika! recently performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and the First Lady, headlining their Presidential Black History Month Reception, and is also featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive.