Soul Steps to bring African-American step dance to Bennington | Arts and culture


BENNINGTON – Soul Steps, from New York, is excited to bring African-American step dance to the Bennington Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on December 11.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the history of step and get a taste of high-energy body percussion in this hour-long interactive presentation. The evening will include a preview of material from a new production in development, “Step Show: The Musical”. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artists, hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant Mya Fisher of Yale University. This performance is a fundraiser for the development of new works by Soul Steps.

African-American step dance is a rich art form that began in historically black colleges and universities and has connections to South Africa and other parts of the African diaspora. All are invited to travel with the artists through this captivating story and to applaud to celebrate this electrifying dance.

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

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

Participants will use their bodies to create hip-hop-infused rhythms through call-and-response patterns and fundamental step choreography. They will also examine the first roots of step in the mines of South Africa, through the dance of the South African gumboot. No previous experience is required. All ages are welcome. This is a walk-in event, no tickets are required.

The events take place at the 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 the theater.

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

The 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 to support this project.

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