OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Feb. 1, 2023) — Get ready to experience the magic of the outstanding national touring company of Step Afrika! on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. The event will be held in the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. This one-of-a-kind event will feature performances from some of the most talented step performers in the country.
Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The show blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities. There is also a combination of traditional African dances with an array of contemporary dance art forms that fuse together into a cohesive, compelling, and artistic experience. Step Afrika! performances are much more than a dance show: they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The mixture of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.
Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people by focusing on teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding.
“I am personally encouraging everyone to research the history of the art form of stepping and how it ties to the rich history of African dance and communication,” said Chris Snoddy, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. “I am really excited to engage in the experience. As a former step team member with the Zeta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, I have been eager to learn more about their company. I have been very impressed with their website (stepafrika.org) and their commentaries and videos which explain the art and history of stepping. I believe each viewing audience member will enjoy the performance.”
For more details on each show or to buy tickets, go to www.occc.edu/pas/ or call the OCCC Box Office at 405-682-7579.
About Oklahoma City Community College:
Celebrating 50 years of providing unique educational opportunities for students in 2022, Oklahoma City Community College serves students preparing for college, working toward a degree or certificate or taking classes for personal enrichment. Approximately 17,000 students take courses offering college credit in more than 60 associate degree or certificate programs that lead to continued education at a four-year institution or entry into the workforce upon graduation. For more information, visit www.occc.edu.
OCCC—Devon L. Shannon, firstname.lastname@example.org