Step Afrika

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. | Pollak Theatre
*Workshop: April 11, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. | Anacon Hall
Cost: $42/$32 (Workshop FREE with concert admission) 

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From our nation’s capital comes the troupe known as “the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping” — and if that bears further explanation, you should know that stepping is a century-long dance tradition that was developed and perfected by the members of African American college fraternities and sororities. It’s a form that drew from traditional African disciplines to create a mode of expression that uses the whole body — in all of its tapping, clapping, spoken-word yapping versatility — to convey a sense of community through sound and movement.

Traveling the world as official cultural ambassadors of the United States — and riding a resurgent wave of interest in this exciting “new” dance form — the nonprofit Step Afrika! company conducts an annual tour of colleges and universities across the country. The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University is proud to host the young dancers of Step Afrika! as part of the 2012-2013 Performing Arts series.

Workshop: Learn the ins and outs of "stepping," the percussive dance style created by African American college students, with a lesson by dance troupe Step Afrika. No experience needed. Please call 732.263.5715 to reserve your space.

More info: www.stepafrika.org