The U.S. Embassy is proud to present:
Step Afrika! Dance Company:
Bringing Communities Together
April 9-14, 2016
Step Afrika! promotes dance as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding. They have reached tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres, and perform globally as U.S. cultural ambassadors. Next week, Step Afrika! will bring together diverse communities in Jerusalem, Haifa, Akko, Taibeh, Kibbutz Mizra, and Kfar Yassif, in a series of engaging master classes and workshops, as well as full-fledged performances.
Free Performances Open to the Public:
- ·First Station Compound, Jerusalem
April 11, 5:00 PM
In cooperation with Machol Shalem, Step Afrika! will provide an outdoor demonstration of American “stepping,” and discuss the origins of this unique dance style, while engaging the audience and passersby in the art of turning one’s body into a percussive instrument.
- ·Krieger Center, Haifa
April 12, 7:30 PM
In partnership with the Haifa Municipality, Step Afrika! will give a full, on-stage performance. Students, performers, and the general public are welcome.
Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. 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.