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Step Afrika dance troupe puts their best foot forward

Friday - 6/7/2013, 1:05pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Talk about putting your best foot forward.

Step Afrika is back and bold. The D.C.-based percussive dance troupe is using classical music to take the dance form developed by African-American college students in the early 1900s to new heights with "Symphony in Step."

In addition to a blending of musical styles, the first act features the history of a little known Afro-Polish violin virtuoso, George Bridgetower, who was a contemporary of Beethoven's.

For these performances, wunderkind Brian Joseph of D.C. mesmerizes the audience with his almost magical control of the bow and violin, creating enchantingly beautiful music.

The second act features a 15-piece chamber orchestra assembled especially for this project, with professional musicians from across the D.C. area and graduate students from Catholic University's Classical Music program.

Step Afrika! Symphony in Step will run at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE on the following days:

  • Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office (202- 399-7993, press 2) or on Step Afrika's website. Ticket prices range from $20 to $48.50.

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