from Washington, D.C.
School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.
All performances of Stono are canceled.
New Victory Education will be contacting Partner Schools with additional information and resources on Stono.
The safety of our audience members, staff and artists is of the utmost importance. Out of an abundance of caution given the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, New 42 and Step Afrika! have decided to cancel the run of Stono.
With beating drums and shouts of “Liberty!,” the Stono Rebellion spurred the Negro Act, which prohibited, among numerous rights, enslaved Africans’ use of drums. But the fight for freedom is never silent. A story of resistance, resilience and reclamation, Stono fills the stage with music and dance to honor the artistry and activism borne out of the body as a percussive instrument. From traditions of the ring shout to contemporary stepping, Step Afrika! reveals the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America.
Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.
C. Brian Williams
Creator and Director
Artistic Director of Step Afrika!
Curriculum and activities
Inspire creative thinking with ready-to-implement, grade-appropriate activities
Led by New Victory Teaching Artists
Explore art forms and themes in the show in a pre- or post-show workshop
Plan your visit
Review Covid-19 safety guidelines, field trip information and ticketing policies.