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 Post subject: Step Afrika!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 11:50 pm 
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<B>Step Dancing's Great Strides Into the Mainstream</B> <BR>By Lisa Traiger in The Washington Post<P><BR>Step Afrika! may well be among the best-kept secrets on the local dance circuit.<P>The seven-year-old troupe appears regularly on a variety of showcase programs throughout the area and tours internationally, but it didn't make its full-evening debut here until this past weekend. What took so long? The nine performers and three guest artists filled the Dance Place stage with high-energy percussive stepping from the African American fraternity and sorority tradition as well as South African Zulu and gumboot styles. And the audience couldn't get enough of the lightning-fast stomps, claps, slaps, kicks and rhymes; the performers, equally adept at complex stepping, dancing and, most vital, acting, drove the crowd to whoops and hollers.<P><A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31306-2001Oct21.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:22 am 
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Africa Meets Appalachia With Joyful Grace
By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 15, 2003; Page C05
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Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and Step Afrika! share a focus on roots dance -- the folk traditions underlying contemporary American dance forms such as clogging, tap and the precision stepping of African American fraternities and sororities. It is natural, then, that the two local groups (Eileen Carson's Footworks from Annapolis, Brian Williams's Step Afrika! from the District) would team up. The fruit of their collaboration was a program called "SoleMates," performed this weekend at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
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Synchronicity Anniversary
By Lisa Traiger
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 24, 2003; Page C05
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You can step, but can you dance? That was the challenge a young viewer once threw down to the dancers of Washington's Step Afrika! They can dance indeed. They pound the stage in churning syncopated rhythms, they rock, they break, they flip, they roll, and best of all, they step -- the percussive art form made popular by the black fraternity and sorority movement at Howard University and now making its way to concert stages around the nation.
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Step Afrika! Hits the Mother Lode of Movement
Washington Post
Wednesday, January 19, 2005; Page C02
Clare Croft
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Impeccable timing rests at the center of all of Step Afrika's work. Whether a piece rides on comedic timing or the overlay of danced rhythms, the company melds it into a rhythmic machine.
In a Monday night Kennedy Center Education Department presentation targeted at families, Step Afrika!, under the direction of founder Brian Williams, put the machine into overdrive.
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Washington's Step Afrika! Brings the Rhythm Home
Washington Post
Friday, June 2, 2006; Page C08


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There's nothing understated about the dance or the dancers of Step Afrika!, the District-based troupe that brings step dancing, the percussive form created by African American fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, to the concert stage. Their animated programs place stepping in a historical and cultural context that includes tap, South African gumboot dancing, Zulu tribal dances, vogueing and hip-hop.

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