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.
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.
Jabari Jones aka 6_Solo is a native of Detroit, Michigan who started dancing at the age of 8 – inspired by the performances of recording artist, Usher. Prior to Step Afrika!, he was a featured performer for artists such as Aloe Blacc, Detroit 1-8-7, Elijah J, Jacob Latimore, K Jay Music, and The Music Factory. In addition to dancing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, he has also been an actor in productions of College Boyfriends and Mooz-Lum. Jabari studied English at Morehouse College and immediately joined Step Afrika! upon graduating in 2017. He is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Conrad R. Kelly II is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he attended Dillard High School of the Visual and Performing Arts. While attending Florida A & M University he became a member of the Marching 100 and the Strikers. After college, Conrad became a soloist for The Rolle Project in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as a dance instructor with Studio 305 where he regularly taught classes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz dance. He has won numerous awards as a choreographer and dancer, with performance highlights that include The Disney Christmas Parade, season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, Steve Harvey’s Dreamers Academy, Super Bowl XLIV, Dance Africa Atlanta, Scream Tour, Ruby Diamond’s Rock the Diamond and World Ballet, Inc’s., Rock the Ballet. Conrad plans to use his performing and teaching experiences to open a mentoring program for young male dancers.
Vincent Montgomery, Jr. is an actor/entertainer hailing from Orlando, Florida and is very much excited to be in his inaugural season with Step Afrika! While attending Florida A & M University, he was an active member in the world renowned Marching 100 Band, Attack Dance Crew and Rampage Step Team. Vincent’s performance highlights include Dreamgirls, Shuffle Along, Why Mosquitoes Buzz, and Once on This Island! Vincent has recurring roles on web-based projects such as The Undergrad Chronicles and College Boyfriends. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and continues to advocate for holistic living as well as men’s mental health awareness.
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.
Ronnique Murray is a native of Washington, D.C. and this is her first season with Step Afrika! Ronnique received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and began her professional teaching career as dance educator at Fairmont High School (Fairmont, NC) and Columbia Heights Education Center (Washington, D.C.). She has performed with Snoop Dogg, Daniel Gwirtzman, Scott Putman, Roger Lee Dance Company, Maverick Lemon Dance Project, Kyoko Ruch, and Judith Steel. In 2010, Ronnique was featured in a reconstruction of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s work, Shelter, in a featured PBS documentary about The Urban Bush Women. She is extremely proud to be a member of the Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Olabode Oladeinde aka Buddie O is a native of Chicago, Illinois who recently co-created a clothing line to celebrate his love of fashion. Olabode received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with a concentration in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to stepping, he continues to study and perform West African, Hip-Hop and Chicago-style Footworking. This is Olabode’s first season with Step Afrika! and he is a proud member of the Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Durham, NC, this is Ta’Quez Whitted’s fourth season with Step Afrika! Ta’Quez started stepping in high school where he founded Mu Omega Psi step team during his Junior year to promote brotherhood and academic excellence. While an undergraduate, he captained the university step team while successfully completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabeth City State University. His passion and enthusiasm for stepping has lead him to teach a wide array of classes, camps, and residencies both domestically and abroad.
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.