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Husson University's Gracie Theatre Presents Step Afrika!

Husson University's Gracie Theatre Presents Step Afrika!

Date of Release: March 2, 2012

Step Afrika!, a professional step-dancing troupe based in Washington, D.C., will perform at the Gracie Theatre on March 14th at 8:00 pm. This event is sponsored by Husson University's Student Activities committee and is open to the public. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for students under 18 years, and can be ordered online at gracietheatre.com.

"Step Afrika!'s work stems from both traditional African dance, and stepping, a competitive dance practiced on college campuses among black fraternities and sororities. The group, founded in 1994 by Alpha Phi Alpha stepper Brian Williams of Howard University was struck by the similarities between stepping and what he saw on his travels through Africa," Washington Post reporter Sarah Kaufman writes.

Ultimately, Williams created an ensemble of fast, smooth dancers and musicians who take a fun-filled past time and turn it into art. The Chicago Tribune describes this dance form as a, "modernized Zula dance, comprised of sustained leg extensions and deep rolling of the torso, feet pounding, spoken word and playful audience involvement." It is a form of self-expression that uniquely uses the whole body as an instrument."

The company tours annually in a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters from Maine to Mississippi as well as on stages in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. As Cultural Ambassadors, their group espouses themes such as teamwork and cross-cultural understanding. It is an experience that appeals to people of all ages and moves an audience with its jubilant rhythm and spirit. For more information, please go to stepafrika.org or call the Gracie box office at 941-7051.

For more information regarding this release, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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