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Soul Steps Performance and Free Workshops

Soul Steps, from New York City, is thrilled to bring African American step dance to the Bennington Performing Arts Center on Sat., Dec. 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

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 their 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 this exciting 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. We
invite you 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 if you want to Step It Up to help Soul Steps get their full musical ready for production.

Soul Steps Teaches Intro to Step Workshops on Sun., Dec. 12

Join Soul Steps for a FREE Intro to Step workshop on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11 am–12 noon or from 1–2 p.m. Soul Steps invites you to experience the stomps, claps, and dynamic rhythms of the rich African American cultural tradition known as step in this beginner workshop. 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 FREE drop-in event, no ticket needed.

Location: 
Bennington Performing Arts Center
331 Main Street, Bennington
bpacvt.org or 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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