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      Step Afrika! Coming to Kearney

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      Step Afrika! will perform at theUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney at 8 p.m. April 9 at the Health and SportsCenter.

      Sponsored by the LopersProgramming and Activities Council, Step Afrika! is one of the firstprofessional companies in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Theperformance is free to UNK students with a valid ID and $3 for generaladmission.

      Stepping is a dance that uses thebody as an instrument, and combines footsteps, claps and spoken word to producecomplex rhythms. Stepping has roots in African dance and military marching.Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! has performed in North and South America, Europe,Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

      The company has been featured onCNN, BET, PBS and NPR as well as in numerous books, documentaries and articlesthat seek to explore the tradition of stepping. Step Afrika! serves as acultural ambassador for the United States, representing the nation at eventsaround the world through special invitations from American embassies.

      "I, along with other members ofLPAC, had the opportunity to attend the National Association for CampusActivities conference in North Carolina last year," said Rachel Svoboda, chairfor programming arts in LPAC. "At the conference, we had the opportunity to seea performance by Step Afrika!. We thought their performance was amazing, andthought it would be something well received at UNK."

      For more information about StepAfrika!, go to: http://www.stepafrika.org/home.htm.

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