Washington and Lee University: STEP AFRIKA!
January 16, 2020
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Washington and Lee University
Lenfest Center for the Arts
Lexington, VA 24450
Box Office 540-458-8000
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Lenfest Hall/Keller Theatre
Ticket sales begin Friday, November 15.
“The performance that this phenomenally accomplished Washington–based company gave…turned body language into body music. The kind that makes you want to get up and dance.” – The Boston Globe
WHAT MAKES STEP AFRIKA! UNIQUE!
Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping and introduces audiences to Zulu and South African gumboot dance. It now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States.
The company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.
Under founder Brian William’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s newest cultural exports and inspired the designation of Step Afrika! as Washington DC’s official Cultural Ambassador. He has been cited as a “Civic/Community Visionary” by NV Magazine and “Nation Builder” by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.
Sponsored in part by the Class of '64 Performing Arts Fund.
Tickets are required.
W & L Faculty & Staff $20
W & L Student/Student $5
Call the box office at 540-458-8000 for more ticket information. Ticket sales begin Friday, November 15.
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