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2006.10.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: - Amelia Dorsey
phone: 402.706.8540 - email: ajdorsey@mail.unomaha.edu

Step Afrika Visits UNO to Promote Diversity with Two Performances

Omaha - Omahans will have an opportunity to learn traditional African dance and aspects of African culture during an audience participation performance by a Washington, D.C. dance troupe.

Performances will be Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  All performances will be in room 231 of the Health, Physical, Education and Recreation (HPER) building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event is free and open to the public.

"Step Afrika shows are not just entertaining because they require audience participation, but they are an educational experience as well." says Sharif Liawru, director of Cultural Awareness Programs on campus. The troupe of six dancers will perform in traditional African tribal attire. Dancers will also discuss the origin and cultural role of dances in relation to present times.

Step Afrika started as a cultural dance exchange program between Africans in Johannesburg, South Africa and African Americans in 1994 by founder C. Brian Williams, who is now the executive director. 

The Step Afrika performance is sponsored by Cultural Awareness Programs and Josie Metal–Corbin the director of the Moving Company, in conjunction with Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP) and Student Program Organization (SPO). For more information about Step Afrika visit: www.StepAfrika.org. For more information about the event call 554-3884.

NOTE: This press release was written by a student for Dr. David Ogden's Media Relations class. The student listed at the top of this release is available to answer questions or call Tim Kaldahl, 402.554.3052

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