This summer CHAW hosts a two-week Step Dance intensive class for students in 3rd through 8th grades. The class is led by teaching artist Briana Stuart, a full time company member of Step Afrika, the first and only professional stepping company in the world.
We asked Briana to share more about the class:
For two weeks students will engage in the highly energetic and dynamic art form of stepping. Stepping is percussive dance form that uses the body to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. It serves as a fun and energetic tool to promote the importance of education and college to young people of all ages. Students will learn more about its origin, three key principles of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline, and basic movements and techniques in stepping.
The class also seeks to foster leadership skills within the participants in order to utilize their gifts and talents. Stepping serves as a tool to connect and transform young people into the best they can be individually and within a group. In addition to the important educational aspects, students are able to have fun and harness their energy into an enjoyable activity that allows them to make music and express themselves. At the end of the two week session, students will present what they learned in a demonstration for friends and family at the final class.
“I enjoy teaching step to students because it allows them to have fun and be kids while developing into strong leaders,”says Briana. “The environment of a step class requires students to be team players and positive contributors to our community. When the students notice their contribution to the orchestra of sound, they realize that their positive individual actions creates a stronger and confident group of steppers. Plus, who doesn’t want the opportunity to literally be the music and use their outside voice, inside!”
Step Dance runs from July 14-24, 2014 on Mondays through Thursdays (eight classes) from:
4:00-5:00 p.m. for 3rd-5th graders
5:00-6:00 p.m. for 6th-8th graders
For more information or to register, click here or call (202) 547-6839.