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Monday, April 23, 2001

"Step Afrika Highlights African Dance Styles May 1"

SALISBURY, MD -- The nationally acclaimed American group Step Afrika, which highlights native African dance styles, performs at Salisbury State University Tuesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center as part of Multicultural Festival Week. The event is free and the public is invited.

Step Afrika Poster"Step Afrika is an enormously powerful ensemble of dancers who wear boots instead of tap shoes . . . their energy, physical strength and coordination are phenomenal," said Terri Goldman for The Review of Washington D.C.

Highlighted is the African-American fraternity and sorority art form of stepping, a type of dance imported from Africa that has been incorporated to the rituals of traditionally black fraternities and sororities.

Step Afrika recently performed at the Kennedy Center.

"Offstage whooping and catcalls may have set the tone for the concert but it was Step Afrika that stole the show with 'Shhhh!!!,' a skillfully arranged rhythmical combination of clapping, body slapping, stomping and shouting inspired by schoolyard games," said Kristen Bodensteiner of the Washington Post.

In the event of bad weather, the performance will be held in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

For more information call 410-548-4503 or visit the University's Web site at www.salisbury.edu. /


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