Step Afrika!: University Musical Society.
This Washington D.C.-based dance company was founded in 1994 by dancers from the U.S. and the Soweto Dance Theater of Johannesburg, South Africa. It blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional West and Southern African dances, and an array of contemporary dance forms to create a unique, complex, polyrhythmic dance style. Also, on Mar. 8 (6–7:30 p.m., Cahoots, 206 E. Huron St.), local dancers TBA lead a participatory introduction ($15) to step dancing; preregistration required at ums.org/performance/ums-101-stepping. On Mar. 13 (11 a.m., Hill Auditorium), a school day performance recommended for grades K–12 is sold out. 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14–$56 (students, $12–$61) at tickets.UMS.org. 764–2538.