Step Afrika!: High-Energy Percussive Dances

Step Afrika!, the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, brings a unique energy that will shake the floor and fill the air. Step Afrika! artists use their bodies as instruments and combine footsteps, claps, and spoken words to produce complex rhythms. Stepping is an American art form created by African-American college students, and Step Afrika! tells this story while also teaching universal lessons of teamwork, discipline and commitment. Students enjoy learning the history and culture of stepping, while also discovering how dance unites people and cultures. Step Afrika! performs nationally, internationally, and all over the DC area. The company performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House in February 2016 and won the D.C. Mayor’s Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Award in 2006.

Besides being amazing, talented dancers, the performers also had the perfect level of engagement and tone for the middle school students. The performance EXCEEDED our expectations!!

– PTA Cultural Arts, Ridgeview Middle School (MCPS)

Our students and staff absolutely LOVED having Step Afrika! visit us… Our staff loved the connections to teamwork, discipline, and academic achievement… This was an incredibly engaging, exciting, and enriching experience for everyone!!

– Assistant Principal, Thomson Estates Elementary School (Cecil County Public Schools)

The performance left an indelible mark and my principal is looking forward to bringing Step Afrika back next year. I loved the interactive format of the show. The step club at my school had looks on their faces as if it was Christmas day. Thank you for sharing your art with us!

– World Language Dept. Chairperson, Step Club Advisor, Patterson Mill High School (HCPS)

We really enjoyed having Step Afrika! at our library and received a strong audience turn-out and a great response from our community. The show was well-designed for a younger audience and the books that they selected to read were popular age-appropriate choices. The four members arrived early to set up and stayed late to speak with children and parents. We would definitely book Step Afrika! again in the future.

– Youth Services Manager, Beatley Central Library, Alexandria Library

There are no words to describe what an AMAZING event the Step Afrika event was today.  The dancers were so personable, relatable and of course, so professional. I believe the students were able to understand Step from a historical standpoint as the dancers not only performed the art form of Step, but explained the many facets of Step. They also involved the students in the audience by teaching them how to Step, so it was a very interactive event.

– PTSA Vice President, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (MCPS)

This was a tremendous assembly that introduced students to a “new” way of dancing….students learned the historical, cultural, and social context of life in South Africa as well as college life in America.

– Assembly Coordinator, Saints Peter And Paul School

Step Afrika! promotes an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. The company accomplishes this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs and performances world-wide.

Step Afrika! believes that the values of teamwork, discipline and commitment are essential to success in stepping and throughout life. Performances and educational programs are structured to connect intimately with audiences and create a positive influence on students’ lives.

Over the past 21 years Step Afrika! has grown to become one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the US and Washington DC’s largest African American arts organization. Step Afrika! began as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, and has expanded to become a national and international touring company presenting performance, residencies and workshops worldwide. The company has performed in Israel, Oman, South Africa, Slovenia, the Caribbean, and even at The White House!

Artist’s website: Step Afrika!

Virtual program options available – contact us for more information.


Stepping with Step Afrika!

This highly interactive 45-minute performance highlights the rhythm, physicality, and history of stepping, and culminates in a group activity that gets students on their feet. The program highlights the ties between stepping, college life, and academic achievement, and introduces the concepts of teamwork, discipline, and commitment. The artists 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. (Children K-12)!

Single $995/Back-to-Back $1400

Larger ensemble available – contact us for pricing and information.

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 reading to their children on a daily basis. The 35-minute program is structured for PreK – 2nd grade and combines reading, exercise and creative movement.

$475 per Program


Step Afrika! Workshops & Master Classes (grades 4-adult)
Step Afrika! workshops cover stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, college life, and simple health and fitness. Students gain self-confidence and learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline.

Step Up To College: A residency program or workshop (in school or after school) that allows student to be a part of their own “step team” by working together to learn choreography and create a performance. As they prepare for a culminating showcase, they also receive an age-appropriate activity journal that supplements learning: Step Afrika! Elementary School Activity Journal, Step Afrika! Middle School Activity Journal, Step Afrika! High School Activity Journal

Standard Workshop $350

Step Afrika! Step Shop: a 60-90-minute Creativity Workshop (grades 5-12), students collaborate to create choreography and develop skills in improvisation, listening, and creative thinking.

Creativity Workshop $525

Master Classes: a 90 minute workshop designed for students with previous stepping/dance experience and focus on learning choreography from Step Afrika! artists. Material can be adjusted for beginning to advanced students/dancers and tailored to the needs of dance groups and step teams.

Master Class $525

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults

Art Forms, Dance, Music

Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

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