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Step Afrika! Brings Percussive Dance to Rock the Mic

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017

Step Afrika! will present an energetic and electrifying performance during North Carolina Central University’s Rock The Mic Lecture Series on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Established in 1994 as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The event is free and open to the public.

Based in Washington, D.C., the company is widely known for blending percussive dance styles practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities and African traditional dance with influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Their performances also integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

“We are excited to bring Step Afrika! to NCCU and expose this great tradition of stepping and African culture to our students and community,” said Gary Brown, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

When they are not on tour, Step Afrika! hosts workshops for K-12 students that focus on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. The troupe reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters, and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

The lecture series, hosted by the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.), will continue throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Other speakers include:

• February 10 - Dr. Cornel West, philosopher, author and social activist
• March 1 - Ilyasah Shabazz, social activist, and daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24. For more information, contact S.E.A.L. at (919) 530-5436.

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