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Photo Story: University steps into Black History Month

Photo Story: University steps into Black History Month - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Robert Warnsley demonstrates the traditional African American dance known as “stepping” in the Auditorium of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Feb. 12, 2020. The performers are from a dance company called Step Afrika! The performance was held to celebrate Black History Month. Photo by Maegan Mendoza.

Students, faculty and staff celebrated Black History month Feb. 12 at the Step Afrika! performance in the Texas A&M University-San Antonio auditorium. The event was sponsored by the office of Student Involvement. 

Step Afrika! is a non-profit dance group that performs “stepping” routines, showcasing performers using their bodies as rhythmic instruments. Historically performed by African-American fraternities and sororities, stepping is based on routines integrating song, dance, storytelling and humor.

A non-profit dance company called Step Afrika! Dance troupe perform in the Auditorium of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Feb. 12, 2020 in celebration of Black History Month. Step Afrika! Is one of the top five African American dance companies in the country.

From left to right Emerald Holman and Valencia Springer demonstrate the African American traditional dance of “stepping” in the Auditorium of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Feb. 12, 2020. The performers are from a dance company called Step Afrika! The rhythmic dance was created by fraternities and sororities at African American colleges.

From left to right Pelham Warner Jr, Ajah Smith and Robert Warnsley performing the African American traditional dance of “stepping” in the Auditorium of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Feb. 12, 2020. The performers are from a dance company called Step Afrika!

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Maegan Mendoza
Maegan Mendoza
Multimedia Editor
Maegan Mendoza is a communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Born and raised in San Antonio, photography is her passion. She hopes to pursue a career in photo/video journalism or critical writing. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading books or watching old sitcoms and playing video games.

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