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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.
More info: www.stepafrika.org