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February 2004

Release Date: February 5, 2004

Step Afrika! to Perform at ASU Feb. 12

The touring dance troupe Step Afrika!, which specializes in step and African folk dancing, will bring its exciting stage production to Angelo State University on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Included in the troupe's repertoire are tap, hip-hop, house, freestyle, modern and step dancing as well as a variety of South African dances including Zulu and gumboot. Step dancing, which was made popular by African-American fraternities and sororities, borrows heavily from the native folk dances from throughout the African continent but most especially from South Africa. Step Afrika! demonstrates both forms of dancing and the connections between them in an invigorating and colorful performance.

Step Afrika! will go on stage of the University Auditorium, 2601 W. Avenue N, on the ASU campus at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. The performance, sponsored by the University Center Program Council's (UCPC) Cultural and Arts Committees, is open to the public.

Tickets cost $1 for ASU students, $2 for ASU faculty and staff as well as children under 12 and $3 for the general public. Tickets are on sale at the Houston Harte University Center Information Desk. Ticket information is available by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting the UCPC Web site at

In collaboration with the Soweto Dance Theatre from Johannesburg, South Africa, the company recently performed a new children's production to 11 sold-out performances for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Step Afrika! also completed a 60-city tour of American colleges and universities from Maine to Mississippi.

In addition to its performing function, Step Afrika! serves as a leader in the field of arts education, specializing in the history, development and performance of stepping. The company conducts step residencies and clinics for the Kennedy Center and other cultural institutions as well as for schools and community-based organizations across the United States.

For more information on Step Afrika!, visit on the Web.