Performers

Conrad Kelly

Conrad Kelly

Assistant Artistic Director

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 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.

Conrad Kelly Headshot, Performer, 2022

Conrad’s performance highlights 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.

Ariel Dykes

Ariel Dykes

Company Member

Ariel Dykes is from Gainesville, Florida. She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Santa Fe College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida. She has trained in traditional and post-modern dance, jazz, voice, and acting and worked with such artists as Ailey Dancers Nathaniel Hunt and Samantha Barriento, Tony Award-winner Scott Coulter, and world-renowned choreographer and performer Galen Hooks. She was introduced to stepping and strolling as a member of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she choreographed step routines for the chapter and UF’s National Panhellenic Council.

Akievia Hickman

Akievia Hickman

Company Member

Akievia Hickman is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She holds an MBA from Florida A&M University. She is a member of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Trained in hip-hop and jazz, Akievia also studied modern contemporary dance under the direction of Shepiro Hardemon as a member of Mahogany Dance Theatre.

Akievia Hickman, Headshot, Performer, 2022

She created her own dance company, Killer Heels, which has helped build her into a great choreographer. Akievia was introduced to stepping in high school when she joined the Code Red Step team and furthered her experience in college as a member of the Rampage Step Team.

Isaiah O’Connor

Isaiah O’Connor

Company Member

Isaiah O’Connor is from Miami, Florida. He received a BS in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. In college, Isaiah joined the Strikers Dance Troupe under the direction of Shepiro Hardemon and studied hip-hop, modern, and urban soul. He aspires to use his talents to learn about performing while also giving back to those who helped him.

Valencia Springer

Valencia Springer

Company Member

Valencia Odeyka Emonni Springer is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Valencia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and served as the first “Stand Queen” (captain) with the Ambassadors of Sound Marching band at Virginia Union University. She studied ballet, jazz, African, hip-hop, and contemporary dance at Restoration Youth Arts Academy.

Valencia has performed with Forces of Nature, Dance Africa (Brooklyn), and as part of a live installation entitled “A Primordial Place”. Valencia also worked as a social studies and science teacher, dance teacher/coach, guest choreographer for local New York/Virginia majorette teams, and as a model for New York and Richmond, Virginia, fashion weeks. Valencia is a proud member of the Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Eta Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary band sorority.

Kayshon Hawkins

Kayshon Hawkins

Company Member

Kayshon Hawkins Headshot Performer 2022

Kayshon Hawkins is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Henderson, North Carolina. He has been teaching dance for four years, teaching all ages, specializing in hip-hop. He taught at The Pointe! Dance Studio in Greensboro, NC, for two years. Kayshon graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre in 2018, with a profession in audio and sound.

Na’imah Ray

Na’imah Ray

Company Member

Na’imah Ray is a native New Yorker. She received a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She learned from dancer Dwana Smallwood throughout her youth. Na’imah was first introduced to stepping in middle school. She joined a step team at age 11 and began competing around New York City. She trained with artists Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, and Beatrice Capote in college.

Na’imah Ray Performer, 2022, Headshot

In between semesters, she attended training programs held at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, where she performed works by Antonio Brown, Nathaniel Hunt, and Levi Marsman. Na’imah performed as a Centennial Stepper with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jabari “Solo” Jones is a Detroit, MI native who began dancing at the age of 8, inspired by recording artist Usher’s “You Don’t Have To Call” music video. A self taught dancer, his first ever taste of performing was dancing in the 79th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Prior to Step Afrika!, Jabari 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, and has since performed with and alongside Missy Elliot, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Quality Control, Lil Baby, City Girls, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, and Lil Yachty.

Jabari Jones, Headshot, Performer 2022

In addition to his extraordinary dance credits, Jabari has also acted in the productions of College Boyfriends, Mooz-Lum, Will Packer’s Bigger, Nick Cannon’s WildNOut, BET’s American Soul, and Sophia Nahli Allison‘s  Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground.

Jabari studied English at Morehouse College where he stepped with Du Beta Psi, and received additional instruction with both the Marygrove College in Detroit, MI and the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. He is a proud member of The Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc where he served as Stroll Master, and first joined Step Afrika! upon graduating Morehouse College in 2017.

Jabari’s favorite experience with Step Afrika! has been performing “Off Trane” in the work The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, and he aspires to be a very respected, and known, actor and director. 

Ericka Still

Ericka Still

Company Member

Ericka Still is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been dancing since a young age at SADA under the direction of Paulette W. Johnson, where she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, African, and contemporary dance. Ericka discovered the art form of stepping in middle school as a part of the AKAdemy Exquisite Gems program.

Ericka Still Headshot, Performer, 2022

Ericka received a BA in Health Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy and she minored in Rehabilitation Management from Florida A&M University. Throughout college, she studied under the direction of Shepiro Hardemon as a member and Co-Assistant Artistic Director of Mahogany Dance Theatre

Brie Turner

Brie Turner

Company Member

Brie Turner is from Lithonia, Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a BA in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications. Brie began her formal dance training in 2015, which prepared her to serve as the co-captain (2020-2021) and captain (2021-2022) of the Howard university Bisonettes Dance Ensemble.

Brie Turner, Performer, 2022 Headshot

She is a spring 20 initiate of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Quintessential Alpha chapter, where she served as chapter president and stroll mistress.

Joseph Vasquez

Joseph Vasquez

Company Member

Joseph Vasquez Headshot, Performer, 2022

Joseph Vasquez grew up in Guttenberg, New Jersey. Joseph received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In college, he performed with the Bachata Performance Team, where he choreographed and led the team for four years. Joseph is a member of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Incorporated and the stroll team, The Revels, led by Francisco Pozo and Carlos Zapata.

Pelham Warner Jr.

Pelham Warner Jr.

Company Member

Pelham Warner is from The Bronx, New York and attended Dutchess Community College. A self-taught dancer of Dancehall and student of Afro Street styles, his true passion can be found in the rhythm and beats of his percussive stepping style. As a teenager, Pelham was a member of The Players Club Steppers. He then found his home stepping with the Harlem, New York-based group, The Order of the Feather Fraternity, where he served as the team’s Step Master and captain for five years.

Pelham Warner Jr. Headshot, Performer, 2022

Previously, he was a teaching artist teaching step to students in the greater New York City area. Pelham recently performed in the a capella musical, The Movement by Kathy D. Harrison, at The National Black Theater Festival. He is blessed to have the opportunity to continue his passion for stepping, performing, and teaching during his fourth season with Step Afrika!

Kamala Hargrove

Kamala Hargrove

Company Member

Kamala Hargrove was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and started dancing at the age of four. She trained professionally in ballet, Horton, Graham, West African, jazz, and hip hop at the Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theater of Harlem until she was 18. She received her BA in Mathematics and Theater and Dance with a concentration in Dance and Choreography at Trinity College.

Kamala Hargrove Headshot, Performer, 2022

Since graduating from Trinity College, Kamala has appeared in various music videos and live performances. She has performed with artists including Estelle, Mr. Vegas, Wizkid, and French Montana and served as a guest artist on tour with Step Afrika! Kamala also worked as a Teaching Artist in New York City, teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

Robert Warnsley

Robert Warnsley

Company Member

Robert Warnsley Performer, Headshot, 2022

Robert Warnsley is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Information Technology. Robert learned to step and stroll as a member of the Eta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In addition to stepping, he practices hip-hop and Chicago-style footworking. This is Robert’s first season with Step Afrika!