Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show 2021

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CELEBRATING

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF 10HOLIDAY YEARS JOY OF HOLIDAY JOY

Live at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of Step Afrika!’s

Magical Musical

Holiday Step Show December 9-19, 2021 stepafrika.org


Dear Friends, Welcome to the 10th Annual Step Afrika!’s

Magical Musical Holiday Step Show After more than a year away from the stage, we are excited to perform live and bring this joyous annual tradition back to the Atlas. The return of the Holiday Show marks the first of many live performances to continue in 2022. Step Afrika! will hit the road with a national tour of our latest production, Drumfolk, with local stops at Strathmore and Arena Stage. Our artists will travel to Poland and Bolivia for international exchange projects and engage more than 20,000 DC-area students with our enriching arts education programs. And after a two-year hiatus, our annual Summer Steps with Step Afrika! camp will return in August to train a new crop of young people in the art form of stepping. Step Afrika! never tires in serving the community, and we are glad to have you with us! Our company of talented artists created this year’s Holiday Show with the hope that you will sing, dance, shout, and step with Step Afrika! throughout the entire performance. Please…feel free!! They are joined by the great DJ Nutcracker, who is sure to have you on the floor with The Nutcracker Slide. And please don’t forget to take a picture with our furry friends from the Arctic Circle. It just wouldn’t be a Step Afrika! Holiday Show without them. Thank you so much for choosing to share your holidays with us. We wish you a joyful holiday season filled with all of your favorite things.

Best wishes, C. Brian Williams Founder & Executive Producer P.S. Next, Step Afrika! returns to the DMV in March 2022 with Drumfolk at Strathmore. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get all the details. You don’t want to miss this performance!


Magical Musical Holiday Step Show Directed by MFONISO AKPAN PROGRAM Twelve Drummer’s Drumming Jabulani! The March of the Nutcrackers The Arctic Step Challenge DJ Nutcracker’s Yuletide Step Workshop Christopher’s Gift Home for the Holidays

CAST Jeeda Barrington

Dustin Praylow

Emanuel Chacon

Anesia Sandifer

Dionne Eleby

Valencia Springer

Kayshon Hawkins

Jordan Spry

Akievia Hickman

Pelham Warner Jr.

Jabari Jones

Robert Warnsley

Conrad Kelly II Misha Michel

Mascots: Robert Hamilton, Samuel D. Standard

CREATIVE TEAM Production Manager: Simone Baskerville, M.A.

Audio Assistant (A2): Louis E. Davis

Stage Manager: Kendall Arin Claxton

Lighting Board Operator: Kiman Mickens

Assistant Stage Managers: Kaylin Luces and Zenna Jones

Costume Designer: Paris Ford

Scenic Consultant: Michael Stepowany Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows Lighting Supervisor/Programmer: Yannick Godts Sound Engineer (A1): Danielle McBride

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Board of Directors Brady Birdsong, Chair

Beverly Burke

Latrena Owens

Conrad Woody, Vice Chair

David Canada

Troy L. Patterson

Ran Borgersen, Treasurer

John W. Hill

Glenn Eric Singleton

Natasha Watkins, Secretary

Jeffery D. Kennerly

Kebharu Smith

Lamont Akins

Kymber Lovett-Menkiti

Kym Taylor

Marc K. Battle

Janel Merritt

Melanie Trottman

Ann Belkov

Christopher Montgomery

C. Brian Williams

Dyonicia Brown

Allen Orr

Administrative Staff C. Brian Williams

Joe Murchison

Founder and Executive Producer

Arts Education and Special Projects Manager

Lamar Lovelace

Kristen L. Taylor

Executive Director

Company and Communications Manager

Connie L. Perez Director of Institutional Relations



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Upcoming Events Drumfolk at Strathmore March 3-4, 2022

Stono at New Victory Theater April 20 - May 8, 2022

Drumfolk at Arena Stage May 31 to June 26, 2022

1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-399-7993 (ext.110) info@stepafrika.org www.stepafrika.org Stay connected with us:

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2020-2021 Donor Listing $50,000 and above

Ethel Lee Kaye

National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

$15,000 to $49,999 The Howell Foundation

Reginald Brown and Tiffeny Sanchez *

Share Fund

Tom Mounteer and Bobby Zeliger

$5,000 to $14,999 Anonymous AARP Boeing* Beverly Burke* Capital One Corina Higginson Trust

John W. Hill*

Stefanie J. Reiser

Christie Johnson

Ramon and Erica Richards

Katherine Kane

Kaiti Saunders and Rob Colenso

Latino Economic Development Corporation of Washington, DC

Kebharu and Mignon Smith*

Phillip Randall

Kym Taylor*

Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin O. Watkins III*

Melanie Trottman*

C. Brian Williams*

Vanguard*

Mr. and Mrs. Connie B. Williams

Angela Wiggins

CoStar Group Daimler Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts

$1,000 to $2,499

$500 to $999

DC Housing and Finance Agency

Anonymous

DC Lottery

Yvette Murphy Aidara

Anonymous (2)

Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation

Neil Albert

Mandie Aubrey

The Menkiti Group*

Lynn Arnaiz and David Watts

Cristal Baron and Carey McKenzie

The Nora Roberts Foundation

Ann Belkov*

Bart and Catherine Barre

Octane Public Relations

City First Bank of DC

Linda Baum and Leland Powell

United Way of the National Capital Region

John Davis

Andrew Clarke and Chip Sherrill

The Venable Foundation

Dimick Foundation

Maria Corrales

Verizon

Jendayi E. Frazer

Michael Deal

Washington Gas

Freddie Mac*

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Naomi and Teddy Drew Gill

Richard Gardner and Sheila Gardner

$2,500 to $4,999

Corey Griffin

Kim and Anthony Goins

Kay Kendall and Jack Davies

Cisselon Nichols Hurd

Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation

The Kennedy Center

Charles Jean-Pierre

Brady Birdsong*

Jeffery Kennerly and Erica Green*

Andrea Haynes Johnson

Ran Borgersen*

Ed and Ann Lorson

Gerald Kunde

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

Mayor Bowser Constituent Service Fund

Louise B. Lloyd

Downtown Business Improvement District

Sean J. McIntosh and Alandra N. Ellington-McIntosh

Tyra Mariani

Jacqueline N. Francis, MD

Christopher Montgomery*

Brian McCollum


Laura W. Muhammad

$100 to $249

Michael and Elizabeth Foley

Kimberly A. O’Neill

Cheryl Walters

Louise Forte

Kupenda I. Olusegun

Lauren Watkins

Anonymous (16)

Dwight Franklin

Lisa M. Ong

Shayla Weatherby

Corliss V. Adams

Julie Furt

Heidi Onkst

Ellen Weiss

Jose and Audrey Albertini

Shiron Gaines

Allen Orr*

Barbara Wells

Lisa Alexander

Nadia Garnett

Latrena Owens*

Jeff Werner

Felicia Allen

Mary Jo Garrett

Bonnie Pabon

Zakkiyyah White

Sylvan Alleyne

Sandra Gaston

Christopher Padilla

Terri Wiggins

Monica Almond

Michael Green

Maureen Page

Melissa Wiley

Kim Alton-Calhoun

Daniell Griffin

Carla Perlo and Richard Pilkinton

Lori Wilkerson

Judith Arbacher

Carolyn W. Gullatt

Regina Porter

Irving Williams

$250 to $499

Jacqueline M. Baker

Janet Hailes

Stephen Powell

Kimberly Williams

Carissa and Rouse Barker

Laura Hamilton

Manon Prevost-Mullane

Wydell Williams

Anonymous (7)

Kenna Baudin

Kathaleen F. Hempstone

Elizabeth Prince

L. Marie Wills

Jacquelyn Alton

Elena Bell

Eve Henderson

Karen Proudford

Laura Wilson

Jesse Barba

Deon Woods Bell

Rhonda Henderson

Zack Ramadan

Norma Wilson

Leanna Beaber

Meredith Benedict

Julie Herwig

Gayle C. Rankine

Nancy Wolcott

David C. Bowers

Cristi Benefield

Justin L. Hill

Melissa Rhodes

Xi Zeta Omega Chapter,

Judith Bunnell and Joseph Olchefske

Brenda Bethea

Celestine Hinnant

Eisa Ulen Richardson

Alix Burns

Louise Bickman

Alesha Holliday

Jaret Riddick

David Canada*

Nyerere Billups

Candise Holmes

Stephen Riddick

Wendy and Ralph Carter

Michael Bittrick

Jack and Jill of America

Brittney Robinson

Jean Cibuzar

Catherine Blair

Carla Jackson

Theresa Robinson

Rose Ann Cleveland

Amanda Boyd

Shawn Jackson

Emily Roderer

Bernadette Duffy

Nicole Boynes

Anna Jacobs

Jacabed Rodríguez-Coss

Tanya and Jay Emmanuel

Candice Bryant

Michelle S. Jacobs

Aviva Rosenthal

Karen Facen

Kathryn John Bull

Holly Johnson

Marilyn S. Rouvelas

Renee Kurimski Favo

Norma Bullock

Jeffrey Johnson

Shannon Ryan

Harriet Moncure Fellows

Ruth Butler

Karen Johnson

Chase Rynd

Leila and Benjamin Fitzpatrick

Amber Cabral

John Jones

Clayton Salter

N. Elois Burrell Frederick

Julia Cain

Paula Lima Jones

Patricia Schechter

Annie Goshay

Sheri Frierson-Chenier

Marlene Kelley

Betty Scott

Lorraine Green

Heide Clark

Jennifer A. Kelly

Maurice Scott

Joseph and Merna Guttentag Fund

LaTonya E. Clark

JoAnn Kester

Carolyn and Jeff Serfass

Linnea Hegarty

Susan and Sig Cohen

Julie Khani

Curtis B. Shearin

The Holemans

Charellise Coleman

Tijuanna Knox

Kathryn Sheehan

Debbie M. Jackson

Linda Coleman

Lori Krishnan

Brandon and Janine Slade

Shannan E. Johnson

Anne Colligan

Claudia Lamphere

Janine Smith

Ryan Jones

Elliott Crigger

Barbara Lang

Karine Smith

Leah Kaplan

Lekisha Daniel-Robinson

Andrea LaRue

Leila A. Young Smith

Robert Kapp

Anuja Dass

Sharee Lawler

Benjamin M. Soto

Kimberly Katzenbarger

Mary Pat Dean

Brenna Leahy

Thomara Speight

Scott Kenison

Anna Greene Dell’Era

Vernon Lee

Jill Spiker

Anita Laury

Crystal Derrick

Persis Levy

Monet Stanford

Leadership Greater Washington

Lia Dorsey

George Lewis

Kelly Starnes

Katherine and Alexander Macleod

Jean, Leslie, and Dimitri Dorsinville

Leslie Lewis

Anne Stauffer

Sarah McLain

Laura Douglas

Jati and Schwanda Lindsay

Will Stephens and Trina Dutta

Microsoft

Meghan Duffy

Shari Eason Ludlam

Linda Klieger Stillman

Claudia J. Morris

Minnettia Durant

Kathy Makos

Susan Strauss

Sandra Moscoso

Latoya Edwards

Audra Marshall

Scott Stroud

Patrick Moulding and Jessica Kronstadt

Tanille Edwards

Tuere Anne Marshall

Janusz Sulanowski

The Nicholson Project

Carolyn Ellington

Bernice McIntyre

Wendy P. Sussman

Alexia Peebles

Henri Elliott-Cooper

Heather McPhail

Cheryl Taylor

Janis Reed and Jack Requa

Sue Keith Elverston

Dorothy McSweeny

Jean Thomas

Jillian Rose

Exelon

Kevin and Julie Meredith

Pat Thomas

Michael Rosenberg

Janice Ferebee

Linda Michel

Nneka Ukpai

Dr. Aisha Lord Ryan

Destination DC

Afrika Afeni Mills

Lauren Van Wazer

Danielle Turnipseed

William Ferrell

Melody Johnson Morales, Ph.D.

Kathleen Vijh

Cathy Van Way

Susan Fetter

Rachel Mumford

Yvonne Wade

Trista Wagoner

Nelly Feze

Cecelia Cooper Nelson

Rebecca Wagner

George B. Walker Jr.

Shannon Fischer

Doris Newton

Kiersten Walker

Warren Williams

Amy Fitzgibbons

Peggy O’Brien

Bridget Walsh

Odgers Berndtson Constance Povich Angela Pratt Felicia Sanders Emmy Shacter Martin Skea Linda Thomas-Greenfield Teresa Washington, Ph.D. Tamarie Watson

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Harvey R. Yancey

Step Afrika! is supported through the Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI) | Managing Organizational Vitality and Endurance, a program of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. *Board of Directors Donor listing from August 1, 2020, to November 23, 2021. Step Afrika! makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of this list. If we have missed you or you prefer to be listed differently, please accept our apologies and contact us at 202.399.7993, ext. 145 so that we can make the correction. Thank you for your generous support of Step Afrika!


Support ‘Tis the season for giving. Please consider showing your support of Step Afrika! with a fully tax-deductible gift. Your generous contribution will help our talented company of artists share the tradition and cultural heritage of stepping with audiences in Washington, DC, and across the country. Thank you for your support of Step Afrika!

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$500

Support Step Afrika!’s national tour of Drumfolk in 2022!

$1000

Underwrite Step Afrika!’s year-round arts education programs to 20,000 students in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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