It’s an afternoon of dance, song, storytelling, humor, and audience participation when Step Afrika! comes to the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The group will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, on the Mainstage as part of the Mendel Center’s Discovery Series.

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe and ranking as one of the top 10 African-American Dance Companies in the US.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding. The Company reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters and performs globally as Washington, DC’s one and only Cultural Ambassador.

Step Afrika! has earned Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Innovation in the Arts, Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and was inducted into the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Hall of Fame, the first Dance Company to earn this honor. Step Afrika! headlined President Barack Obama’s Black History Month Reception and performed at the first-ever Juneteenth Celebration at the White House. The Company is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive exhibit.

To learn more about Step Afrika!, visit

Tickets for Step Afrika! start at $35 and are on sale now. They may be purchased online 24/7 at, by calling 269-927-8700 option 1, or one hour before show time at the Mendel Center box office in the Mainstage lobby.

This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.