Step Afrika! set to tour Egypt
by Sarah Kaufman
Step Afrika!, the Washington-based company that specializes in the dance style known as stepping, will tour Egypt at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo beginning Oct. 6, the troupe has announced.
While in Egypt, Step Afrika! will perform at the Cairo Opera House and visit Alexandria. The company will conduct childrens workshops in its percussive dance style, traditionally a competitive art among African American fraternities and sororities. The dancers also plan to learn Egyptian drumming styles, Tahteeb and Tanoura dance. With this trip, the company "will seek to build connections between people and to highlight similarities in not only our dance form but our lives and communities as well," said Step Afrika! Founder and Executive Director C. Brian Williams.