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Date: November 22, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Gallauresi (Class Acts Arts), 301-439-5100; Elizabeth Homan (Montgomery College), 301-251-7970

Step Afrika! to Perform at Montgomery College
Professional Step Company at Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Dec. 3

The Arts Alive Series at Montgomery College kicks off the 2005-2006 season on Saturday, December 3, with two one-hour performances by Step Afrika!, a professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping.  The shows will take place at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, located at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.  The theatre is at the corner of Philadelphia and Chicago Avenues, Takoma Park, Md.

Stepping is a unique dance tradition created by African American college students.  In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word.  The tradition grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s.

Combining chants, songs, footsteps and claps, Step Afrika! incorporates African traditions, including the South African gumboot dance, into this highly percussive and rhythmic American dance style.  Founded in December 1994, the company promotes an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational and motivational tool for young people worldwide.  Stepping comes from a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that uses movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group.   

Tickets for the Step Afrika! performances are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and children (ages 8 and older), and $5 for Montgomery College students and faculty.  To order tickets, call 301-588-4475 or log on to:  Production support for the Arts Alive Series at Montgomery College is provided by Class Acts Arts, Inc.

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