Both the Thu, Oct 12 and Fri, Oct 13 In-person Student Matinees are sold out.
To be added to the waitlist for the Oct 12 or Oct 13 In-person events, please fill out the form below.
Homeschools who would like to purchase tickets, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org before buying to ensure availability.
Tickets for 1-20 classrooms to the Livestream and On-demand performances of the Thu, Oct 12 show, can be purchased online. For groups of more than 20, please complete the form below.
Recommended for grades 3-12
In 1739, Africans enslaved in South Carolina used their drums to start a revolt—a little-known event that forever transformed African American life and culture. When the Stono Rebellion cost Africans the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people—the Drumfolk. This led to some of our country’s most distinct traditions like the ring shout, tap, and stepping. Step Afrika!’s highly interactive and energetic performances for students are both educational and unforgettable!
Reviews and More
“Drumfolks … reclaims vital strands of American culture and anchors them in African bodies.”
“When the drums vanished from enslaved Africans’ hands, the beat leaped into the body — and into American culture.”
"The steppers moved in perfect unison, their feet pounding the stage in a mesmerizing display of precision and skill. Each step was carefully choreographed and executed brilliantly, showcasing the incredible athleticism of the performers."
Know Before You Go
- Thu, Oct 12 * & Fri, Oct 13, 10:30 am CT
In-person / Livestream
On-demand through Oct 20
- This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
- Detailed Event Information and Streaming Access: Education contacts, check your email for detailed information the week prior to the event.
If you have questions, contact email@example.com. If you need assistance with your tickets, please call the box office at 612-624-2345.
Sensory Friendly Lounge
A Sensory Friendly Lounge equipped with sensory supports and staffed by trained volunteers will be available to all guests who are seeking a safe and soothing atmosphere during this and other select performances. Learn more on the Accessibility Services page.
Lesson Plan and Worksheets for Step Afrika!
Pre-event Slideshow for the In-person Audience
Pre-event Slideshow for the On-demand audience
Write a Review
Use this writing activity for students to evaluate the performance in a review format.
Ask students to imagine that they are an arts critic for the school newspaper. They are going to write a review of the performance to inform others about what they experienced. They should describe with detail and accuracy:
- What they saw
- What they heard
- What the performance was about (in their opinion) or the story it conveyed
- How the performance made them feel
- What the performance reminded them of
- What their favorite part was and why
- Would they recommend it and why
Remind the students that they must paint a picture of the experience with their words so that others who did not see the performance can imagine it as vividly as possible.