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Step Your Way Into the Schauer Center With Step Afrika!

March 6, 2014 – Hartford, WI – Discover the world’s first professional stepping dance company, Step Afrika, at the Schauer Arts & Activities Center on Sunday, April 6 at 3:00 pm. Intricate sounds and rhythms created by the use of footsteps, claps, and spoken word demand the attention of every audience with its unique and exhilarating dance style.

Stepping is based on a long and rich history in African-based communities that use movement, words, and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. Drawing from the movements of African foot dances, stepping was originally conceived by miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming, which was banned by the authorities. The stepping tradition continued to grow throughout historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s.

Like a tap dance without shoes, or a band without instruments, stepping is percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps, and chants. Today, step shows and competitions may be found on college campuses, schools, churches, and community organizations around the country. More recently, stepping has been highlighted in motion pictures such as Stomp The Yard, School Daze, Mac and Me, Drumline, and How She Move. Based out of Washington, DC, Step Afrika brings the high-energy performance to the stage, creating a feast for both the eyes and ears.

The performance will be preceded by a free SoundBites from 2:00-2:30 pm. Advance reservations recommended to guarantee seating.

Tickets to see Step Afrika are $31 or $27 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Schauer Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at 147 N. Rural Street in Hartford, charge by phone at 262-670-0560, ext. 3 or online at SchauerCenter.org.

A part of the First National Bank of Hartford Mainstage, Step Afrika is sponsored by the Hartford Rotary Club. Media support is provided by The Booster and Cruisin’ 1540 AM. Additional support provided by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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