Step Afrika! is offering a FREE performance
for D.C. students in grades 6-8!
Middle school students in D.C. will experience a field trip opportunity to see Step Afrika!’s brand-new production of Drumfolk at The University of the District of Columbia on June 17, 2020. Inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, Drumfolk explores this little-known event in history that would forever transform African American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk. New percussive forms took root leading to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions like ring shout, tap, and stepping.
This project is supported by:
Step Afrika! Reads
Step Afrika! Reads is a performance 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 45-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 introduces 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 Afrika! program guide.
Step Up to College
A weekly residency program (in school or after school) for 4-12 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:
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.
Step Afrika! Performance Training
This masterclass will help any grade school step team prepare for a upcoming performance. Step Afrika! will review the choreographed show, suggest edits, and train the students on performance elements such as stage presence, precision, voice projection, and staging.
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.