Paramount Presents: Step Afrika!

Tuesday, November 15 - 7:00 PM


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The Story of Step Afrika!

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 50 countries across the globe. Step Afrika! is one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the world. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as a contemporary dance genre through critically acclaimed performances and arts education programs. Creatively engaging audiences in this nascent art form, the Company creates full-length productions that expand on stepping’s unique American history.

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! has earned Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts EducationInnovation in the ArtsExcellence in an Artistic Discipline and headlined President Barack Obama’s Black History Month Reception at The White House.

Critically acclaimed works, such as The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence and Drumfolk, tour to major U.S. cities. Step Afrika! is prominently featured at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture with an interactive exhibit on the art form of stepping.



Location

215 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Event Type
Theatre / Dance

Organization

The Paramount Theater

Date / Time

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact

Name:
Paramount Theater Box Office
Phone:
(434) 979-1333
Email:
boxoffice@theparamount.net
More Info:
https://www.theparamount.net/event/paramount-presents-step-afrika/