Mfon Akpan has trained extensively in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, African dance and step. While attending the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she majored in biochemistry and cultivated her stepping skills as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mfon began her training at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center. Mfon toured with the off-Broadway show “Hoofin’ 2 Hittin,” where she was a featured stepper and dancer.
Christopher Brient, from Houston, Texas, performed in his first step show in the ninth grade, and has been addicted to the stage ever since. His love of dance began while attending Texas A&M University, where he taught hip hop classes, served as Step Master for the Potent Pi Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Journalism. Chris spent two seasons dancing with Team NRG, the dance team for the WNBA Houston Comets, and was a member of G Force, the step team for the NBA Houston Rockets. He joined Step Afrika! in 2009.
Jeeda Barrington is a native of Glenarden, MD. He first began stepping as a member of Dem Raider Boyz Male Step Squad. He graduated from Bowie State University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Music Technology and a Master’s degree in Human Resources. He served as the stepmaster for various traveling step teams as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He also led an undefeated partywalk team ranked number one throughout the nation in 2013. Outside of performing he continues his love for rhythms through disc jockeying.
Emanuel Chacon is a native of Wilmington, DE. He attended the University of Delaware where he studied Marketing and Interactive Media. His rhythmic background began with the Martial Art of Capoeira at the age of 14. In college he pledged Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. leading his team to a number of championships throughout the Northeast. His dedication to performance has allowed him to work and dance for recording artist, Telemundo, BET Music Matters, Vibe Magazine, Empire Season 2, and teach several workshops. His mission is to use his gift to spread positivity and mentor the younger generation.
Deatrice Clark was born in Los Angeles CA. She is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Deatrice began stepping with the Quad Step Team in her freshman year at Howard. She organized the QuaDrew Step Team and lead them in many showcases. Deatrice is passionate about teaching and arts education, she has taught various step classes, camps and residencies around the DC, MD and VA area for Step Afrika!, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Motion Express, and SEJBodyMusic.
Matthew Evans was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Clinton, NC. He attended Elizabeth City State University where he pursued a degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance and a minor in mass communications. In college, Matt became a member of the Lambda Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He took on the position of hop master for his chapter and lead them to a number of victories in step competitions throughout the east coast. He also competed in major singing competitions including, BET’s Sunday Best, Tank You’re My Star, Mary Mary Singing Spotlight, and Tasha Cobbs’ You’re Dream Is Out There.
Kiera Harley began training with Evangel Cathedral’s Pure Expressions Dance Ministry at eight years old. She performed in Evangel’s Broadway-style musical productions, where she shared the stage with gospel music legends. Throughout high school and college, she performed with Eudora Ballet, Dynamic Moves Dance Company, SOUL Dance Team and Pasión Latin Dance Team. Kiera attended Towson University, where she became a member of the Upsilon Mu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and graduated with a BS in Exercise Science. Kiera joined Step Afrika! in 2016.
Joe Murchison comes to Step Afrika! from Lawton, Oklahoma. He has had the opportunity to train at the Dallas Black Dance Academy, the official school of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Joe was a scholarship recipient at the Debbie Allen Hip Hop Intensive, led by Hip Hop great, Dave Scott. Joe began stepping in junior high school but it was not until he attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, that he bloomed as a performing artist. As President and Step Master of the Zeta Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Joe led his chapter to numerous step show competitions, earning both district and regional awards.
Anesia Sandifer is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a BBA in Finance and a minor in Dance. She also became a member of the Zeta Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, where she served as Step Master. Anesia was a full scholarship recipient at the 2015 Debbie Allen Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed on ESPN for the Special Olympics 2015 World Games as a dancer for O.A.R. and Siedah Garrett.
Brittny Smith is a native of Houston, Texas. She began vocal, hip hop, jazz and acting training at age 7. By high school she had filmed national TV commercials and signed her first recording contract. Brittny attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA where she was a “Dancing Doll”, before graduating from Texas Southern University. She obtained a BA in Radio, TV and Film and a MA in Education and became a member of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Brittny was a Houston Rockets Power Dancer, appeared in XXL magazine, Stomp The Yard 2 and opened for musical acts including Miguel, The Dream and Lyfe Jennings as lead singer of an R&B trio managed by Matthew Knowles.
Jordan Spry, from Philadelphia, PA, joined Step Afrika! in 2012. He was first introduced to stepping in high school, when he joined the Progressive African American Cultural Society. Jordan attended Howard University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing. While at Howard, he stepped with Drew Hall Step Team. Jordan served as a head coach for Drew, where he choreographed many 1st place winning pieces for the HU Homecoming Step Show. Jordan is also a freelance photographer, capturing moments from Step Afrika!’s tours around the world and personal work at home in the DC area, and an aspiring model.
Alan Stewart’s love of dance was born in his hometown Decatur, GA. During his freshman year at Howard University, Alan began stepping with the Drew Hall Step Team where he won his first step show. Alan pledged Iota Phi Theta and led his fraternity step team to victory in shows across the East coast. In addition to performing, Alan taught stepping to young people at various non-profit organizations and in several after-school programs in Washington DC and Maryland. After spending a year spreading the culture of stepping in China, Alan returned to the US to continue his career with Step Afrika!
Andrew Vinson, Jr. attended Elizabeth City State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design and Computer Science with a concentration in Business Administration. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – Lambda Gamma chapter, where he served as Basileus and Hop Master. Andrew began playing drums at an early age and has since mastered styles ranging from marching band to jazz. Andrew is a native of Enfield, N.C. He joined Step Afrika! in 2009.
Jerel L. Willliams, from Jacksonville, Florida, has been stepping for more than 18 years. Dance and theater became a part of his life when he joined the Florida A&M University STRIKERS in 2007, where he trained to be a professional performer. Jerel studied education at Tallahassee Community College. He served many years traveling to different communities as a student advocate, mentor, stepping and dance instructor; leading young people through love, unity and opportunity and to reach their full potential. Jerel joined Step Afrika! in September 2016.