Step Afrika!, the Washington, D.C.-based dance company, has named arts, education and culture leader Lamar Lovelace as its new executive director. Founder C. Brian Williams will assume the role of executive producer.

“Our mission at Step Afrika! is to preserve, expand and promote an appreciation for stepping through professional performances and to inspire young people through arts education programs,” said Williams. “This marks a unique shift for the organization to focus on strategic growth and long-term sustainability; I am honored to pass the baton to Lamar, whose training and understanding of the challenges and opportunities of arts administration, as well as his creativity and focus, will provide Step Afrika! with the expertise to realize our vision for the future.”