MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will present a dance performance by Step Afrika at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Forest Roberts Theater.
Founded in December of 1994, Step Afrika is a collaboration between artists from the United States and the South Africa-based Soweto Dance Theatre. It the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to stepping, a tradition created by African American students.
Stepping involves using the body as an instrument to create rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. Typically associated with college fraternities, stepping has been adopted by elementary, middle and high schools across the country as well as churches and other organizations.
“We wanted to bring Step Afrika to Northern because it’s something different,” said Natasha Garcia, vice president of the Black Student Union. “We’re trying to put on more cultural events, and this one appealed to us right away.”
Sponsored by the Black Student Union, Northern Arts and Entertainment, and the student activity fee, this event is open to the public. Tickets are available at any EZ ticket outlet, and will also be available at the door. The cost is $2 for NMU students with ID and $5 for the general public. Children under the age of four get in for free.For more information, contact Garcia at 227-4568 or Chantia Vann at 227-4999.