Like a band without instruments, stepping is a percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps and chants to create visually and musically exciting rhythms that enthrall audiences. As the world’s first professional dance company devoted to stepping, Step Afrika! is a high energy performance with roots in African dance and military marching. The performance includes a South African gumboot dance, a South African Zulu dance, and routines in collegiate step traditions practiced by men and women all across the United States. First developed by college groups in the mid 1900’s, today stepping can be found in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as in churches and community-based organizations. Based in Washington, D.C., the company has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the White House and as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department at events throughout the world.