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Step Afrika! Brings Dance, Body Percussion and Spoken Word to Door Community Auditorium

On Jan. 20 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present an evening with Step Afrika!, a Washington, D.C., dance troupe that performs a riveting mix of dance, body percussion, and spoken word.

Step Afrika!, founded in 1994, is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, a unique art form created at African-American fraternities and based in African dance traditions. Incorporating intricate rhythmic patterns of kicks, stomps, claps, and chants, the dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments. Step Afrika! was created as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa and has since expanded to become an international touring company presenting performances, residencies, and workshops worldwide.

During the troupe’s time in Fish Creek, they will present workshops and matinee performances for students. Also on Jan. 18, there will also be a stepping demo and screening of On Tiptoe, Gentle Steps to Freedom: The Music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, featuring a question-and-answer session with director Eric Simonson. The demo and film screening will be open to the public.

Before Step Afrika’s performance on Jan. 20, DCA’s Link Gallery of Children’s Art will host a reception at 6 pm for its new exhibit, The Rhythm of Communication: Visual Depictions of Music.

Tickets range from $24 to $48, with a limited number of $10 tickets available for students. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open 12-5 pm, Monday through Friday. For tickets, call 920.868.2728, visit dcauditorium.org or stop by the box office.

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