Arts Education

Arts Education

Step Afrika! has been dedicated to youth and family audiences since its inception. We bring the art and energy of stepping to K-12 and college students of all backgrounds. We have become a model for the use of stepping as an educational tool. Our artists are college graduates who tailor their teaching to the appropriate age and setting.

Our curriculum

Our programs are based on proven educational practices, developed through partnerships with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Education Department, Washington Performing Arts’ Concert-in-Schools Program, and the Arts for Every Student program, run by the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

  • For younger audiences we integrate the energy and appeal of stepping with language and social studies content and we use stepping as a tool to demonstrate life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and commitment.
  • For older students we also delve into the history of stepping and its ties with percussive dance traditions in Africa, as well as its place in the long line of African American cultural traditions, including hambone, ring shout, and tap dance.

Arts Education – Mid Atlantic Region

We offer programs year-round for students of all ages in the Washington, DC area with a variety of scheduling options, including one-time workshops, ongoing weekly sessions, and summer experiences.

Arts Education – North America

We also offer arts education opportunities in communities that are hosting a Step Afrika! performance. If you are interested in having Step Afrika! come to a school in your area, please check our touring calendar – we may be near you sometime soon!

NEA artworks logo


Step Afrika!’s Arts Education programs are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment from the Arts. Art Works.