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African American step dance is a rich art form that began at historically Black colleges and universities and has connections to South Africa and other parts of the African Diaspora.

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BENNINGTON — Soul Steps, from New York City, is thrilled to bring African American step dance to the Bennington Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

All are welcome to learn about the history of step and get a taste of high-energy body percussion in this interactive, one-hour presentation. The evening will include a sneak peek of material from a new production in development, "Step Show: The Musical." The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, curated by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant, Mya Fisher from Yale University. This performance is a fundraiser for the development of new work by Soul Steps.

African American step dance is a rich art form that began at historically Black colleges and universities and has connections to South Africa and other parts of the African Diaspora. All are invited to journey with the artists through this captivating history and clap along as they celebrate this electrifying dance.

Get tickets at bpacvt.org/tickets. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and $25 for an additional donation to Soul Steps.

Soul Steps also is teaching free introductory workshops on Dec. 12. There will be two sessions: one from 11 a.m. to noon and the second from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Participants will use their bodies to create hip-hop infused rhythms through call and response patterns and foundational step choreography. They will also examine step’s early roots in the mines of South Africa, through South African gumboot dance. No prior experience is required. All ages are welcome. This is a drop-in event, no ticket needed.

Events are at Bennington Performing Arts Center, 331 Main St., Bennington. For more information, visit bpacvt.org or call 802-447-0564.

All events require proof of vaccination. Masks must be worn in theater.

Soul Steps is brought to you by these community partners: Bennington Performing Arts Center, Bennington Museum (fiscal sponsor), Vermont Arts Exchange, Better Bennington Corporation, Karin’s Place, Town of Bennington, Bennington Area Arts Council.

Bennington Museum recently received $3,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark Connecting Community grant program, and an additional $1,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation's Landmann Family Fund in support of this project.


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