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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Warfield Music Festival to feature rhythm of Step Afrika

  • Transforming dance stepping into an intense art form, Step Afrika will take to the stage Saturday, May 4, as the Warfield Music Festival continues to unfold in Helena-West Helena.
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  • Transforming dance stepping into an intense art form, Step Afrika will take to the stage Saturday, May 4, as the Warfield Music Festival continues to unfold in Helena-West Helena. Performing an electrifying style of stomping and clapping, the Step Afrika steppers will not only showcase their talents but also share them with local school children as part of the spring Music Festival offering. The Delta Cultural Center and Entergy are sponsoring these events. The main performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Lily Peter Auditorium at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA). The Step Afrika style combines exciting contemporary American dance moves with African dance traditions resulting in a spectacular display of spirit and rhythm. Performing with no musical accompaniment besides the stomping of their feet, the group was founded in 1994. Its members serve as ambassadors for the United States as they carry their education and enjoyment of stepping worldwide. The company manages a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters each year. Prior to their main performance, Step Afrika will demonstrate their culturally inspired dance moves to Phillips County students when the performers conduct a total of four workshops at KIPP, Miller, Central and Marvell Schools. Free tickets to this concert may be downloaded at www.warfieldconcerts.com. They are also available at the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourist Welcome Center - or by sending a SASE to P.O. Box 81, Helena, AR 72342 (four tickets honored per request). The same ticket may be used for every regular season concert. No children under the age of six will be admitted.
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