Stepping into Black History

The Sarah Wise Wooten Young Ladies Academy (SWWYLA) definitely brought the rhythm and the noise to the Ivy Youth and Family Center on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. The theme was Black History Month featuring the dynamic world-renowned professional dance company, Step Afrika. The girls began the workshop with a brief icebreaker activity where they were encouraged to connect with a girl they didn’t know and complete a story detailing personal traits about her. At the end of the story, they expressed what Black History Month meant to them.Afterwards, the instructors gave the young ladies a brief introduction to Step Afrika. They explained the cultural origins of the art of stepping to include various forms of African traditional dance to African American fraternities and sororities.The girls and even the committee members all joined together to learn the essential arm and step formations and then brilliantly put together a powerful, entertaining step routine. We even drew a crowd from parents and engaged in friendly “challenge” steps against each other.Everyone truly enjoyed the heart-pounding, highly interactive cultural activity and even inspired a few girls to learn more about the Step Afrika summer program