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Step Afrika to Perform at Doane College

Step AfrikaAs part of the activities honoring Black History month, Doane College will host the step dance group Step Afrika on Wednesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium on the Crete campus.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Step Afrika celebrates stepping, an art form born at African American fraternities in the early 1900s and based in African traditions. As the first professional company dedicated to stepping, Step Afrika mixes intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms with spoken word.

Based in Washington D.C., the company has been featured on ABC, CNN, PBS and NPR as well as numerous books, documentaries and articles. Step Afrika serves as a cultural ambassador for the United States, representing the nation at events around the world through special invitations from American embassies.

The group, founded in 1994, travels annually to more than 150 events in 50 cities and foreign countries, performing in venues ranging from school auditoriums and college campuses to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Support Services. For more information, contact MSS director Wilma Jackson at 402.826.8620.