Step Afrika! stomps Shafer stage


Yutong Wang

Stepping dance company, Step Afrika!, performed on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. Step Afrika! is one of the events during Black History Month that is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Black Culture.

Step Afrika!, a dance company from Washington D.C., visited Allegheny’s campus Feb. 28, 2015 to perform for Black History Month.

Step Afrika! is one of the only dance companies in the world that focuses only on  the  art of stepping and, according to their website, they are listed in the top ten African-American dance companies in the U.S.

Their performance and other events for Black History Month were sposored by the Association for the Advancement of Black Culture.

First appearing in hoodies and jeans, dancers performed a modern styled dance. After several dances, men and women dancers competed against each other for two rounds. The applause of the audience decided the winning team.

Afterwards, the dancers invited students to  join them on stage and learn basic dance moves.

The mood changed as the lights dimmed and the performers left the stage.  They reappeared,  dressed in traditional African clothing.

Whistles and drums started playing in the background while  the performers   stepped.  Before the   performance was over, the dancers changed back into T-shirts and pants clothes.

The last event is scheduled in celebration of Black History Month is the Ebony Ball on March 7.