Step Afrika! Performing at Iowa Wesleyan October 27

Written by Theresa Rose on October 14, 2016

Mount Pleasant, Iowa: October 3, 2016 − Step Afrika!, a professional percussive dance company will perform on stage in Iowa Wesleyan University’s Chapel on October 27th at 7 pm.  Percussive dance is when a dancers entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and handclaps.

The performance of this internationally known troupe is free to the public and is made possible by the Haselmayer Endowment and Iowa Wesleyan University, an institution that has long supported the arts. Since 2000, the Haselmayer Endowment has provided an annual gift from the Ciarco Family Foundation of Lyndhurst, New Jersey as a fitting memorial tribute to former IW president Dr. Louis Haselmayer and his contributions to literary studies on campus.

“The Haselmayer Endowment has been providing a wide array of diverse artistic programs for the Iowa Wesleyan community for over 15 years.” said DeWayne P. Frazier, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iowa Wesleyan.  “The Step Afrika Performance is an amazing program that will bring the campus and Mt. Pleasant community together to celebrate the arts.  Step Afrika is the first professional dance company dedicated to the art of stepping.  Stepping is a style of dancing that integrates Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.  Those that attend the event will experience a special night of high-energy celebration of dance and culture.  We expect this event will be well attended and we are encouraging students and community members to arrive early.”

The performance also meets Iowa Wesleyan’s Strategic Initiatives in Wesleyan 2020:  Igniting Our Passions.  Iowa Wesleyan is focused on positioning the university as a convener in the region and providing an outlet of entrepreneurial innovation, leadership and a commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

For more information to attend the event, visit Iowa Wesleyan’s community calendar at

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