"Step Afrika!” is one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the United States and will be stomping across the Popejoy stage at The University of New Mexico.

The group will perform at Popejoy Hall on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through unmtickets.com, and the ticket office at the UNM Bookstore. Tickets for the show have sold fast in previous years. Lees than 50 tickets remain as of Monday, Feb. 20.

Founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, the company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, with African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

“Step Afrika!” began as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, and has expanded to become a national and international touring company presenting performance, residencies and workshops worldwide. 

The event is produced by the UNM Student Activities Center and co-sponsored by African American Student Services, Department of Africana Studies, Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Student Fee Review Board. 

“This is one of my favorite events to bring to UNM. Step Afrika! is pure energy, educational, and a great way to gain some cross-cultural awareness. This is a do-not-miss event,” said Ryan Lindquist, Director of the Student Activities Center.  

For more information about Step Afrika! visit http://www.stepafrika.org or watch this video. For more information about Step Afrika! contact the Student Activities Center at 505-277-4706 or sac@unm.edu.