FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016

The BARDAVON presents
STEP AFRIKA!

Dedicated to the tradition of "stepping" practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities!

(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon is pleased to present Step Afrika! at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Friday, May 6 at 7pm.

Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in 1994 in partnership with the Soweto Dance Theatre, Step Afrika is one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States today.

Step Afrika! blends stepping, a percussive dance style practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, South African Gumboot, and traditional Zulu dance with influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. The Company integrates songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation into its performance. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador. Step Afrika! holds workshops, residency programs and a variety of arts education activities for K-12 and college students in its home of Washington, DC and in cities around the world.

Tickets are $10 all seats and are available at:

Bardavon Box Office
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
845.473.2072

Upac Box Office
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY
845.339.6088

Tickets are also available at Ticket Master, by calling 800.745.3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com. (Member benefits are not available through Ticket Master.)


The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1515-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (the HVP). It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with area schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy.

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