Discovery: Five Days With Step Afrika! Streaming
Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping — a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. Based on Step Afrika!’s award-winning arts education programs and more than 25 years of performing and teaching students, the Company has created FIVE DAYS WITH STEP AFRIKA! to support the academic environment as well as the challenges of virtual learning.
FIVE DAYS WITH STEP AFRIKA! is made up of five videos for you to watch with your students between November 30 and December 13, 2020. The best experience will be to watch them in order, but you can actually watch them in whatever order you like!
Videos will be posted on November 30, 2020 and include:
- Day One: “What is Stepping?” introductory video and educational guide highlighting the history of stepping.
- Day Two: “The Performance, Act 1” condensed first half of standard Step Afrika! performance for viewing in classroom setting.
- Day Three: “The Performance, Act 2” condensed second half of standard Step Afrika! performance for viewing in classroom setting.
- Day Four: “Stepping with Step Afrika!” stepping tutorial.
- Day Five: “Meet the Artists of Step Afrika!” for students. This pre-recorded session will feature the artists answering pre-selected questions that allow students to learn more about their lives as college graduates and artists who travel across the globe.
Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional West and Southern African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. 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.
Step Afrika! is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive. In 2017, Step Afrika! made its Off-Broadway debut with the critically-acclaimed production, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.
To learn more about Step Afrika!, visit www.stepafrika.org.
Resource Guide coming soon!
Best for grades K-12.
You are registering for access to streaming videos from Step Afrika! You can click any registration link to register. Once registered, you will have access to all five videos starting November 30, 2020, regardless of which day’s registration you clicked on. You can watch them anytime until December 13, 2020. Detailed information about accessing the videos will be sent to you after you register.
Plus service fees. Prices subject to change.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.