Step Afrika! makes Jan. 28 appearance at Tarleton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 17, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Renowned dance company Step Afrika! will perform at 7 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the auditorium of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville.

Admission is free and area schools are invited to bring groups to the performance.

Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States.

The company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms.

Performances integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

The company holds workshops, residency programs and a variety of arts education activities for K-12 and college students in its home of Washington, D.C., and in cities around the world.

Step Afrika! performed at the White House for President Barack Obama, headlining the Presidential Black History Month reception in 2016, and is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive.

For more information contact Tarleton’s Lance Zimmerman Department of Student Involvement, Tradition and Family Relations at (254) 968-9490.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

Contact: Phil Riddle
817-484-4415
priddle@tarleton.edu

A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.