The dance troupe celebrates its 25th anniversary.
On him: CHICHI FASHIONS African print white shirt (0), Chichi Fashions 2241 Bel Pre Road, Aspen Hill, Md. 20906, chichi fashions.co. ZAWADI African mud cloth scarf (); Zawadi 1524 U St. NW, zawadiarts.com.
On her: STUDIO D'MAXSI Tribal panel two piece reversible skirt and wrap top (0), studiodmaxsi.com; shoes and earrings (stylist's own).
Above: African print shirt and pants (stylist's own); Nigerian coral beaded necklace and bracelets (stylist's own).
On right: ZAWADI African chief's necklace from the Congo (5) Zawadi, 1524 U St. NW, zawadiarts.com. African print pants (stylist's own).
On him: ZAWADI two piece dashiki (5); Zawadi, 1524 U St. NW, CHICHI FASHIONS African chief's hat (); ChiChi Fashions 2241 Bel Pre Road, Aspen Hill, Md. 20906, chichi fashions.co.
On her: SUN GODS OFFICIAL The Kuti kimono duster (0) sungodsofficial.com; ZAWADI African mudcloth scarf (); Zawadi, 1524 U St.,NW.
SUN GODS OFFICIAL African record print matching sets (5), sungodofficial.com. Necklace and shoes (stylist and model's own).
From Left: STUDIO D'MAXSI Two-piece long wrap skirt with African print cape (0); STUDIO D'MAXSI sheer puff sleeve high neck top (0); STUDIO D'MAXSI gown with weaved top (0); studiodmaxsi.com.
PRODUCTION/ CREATIVE DIRECTION: Kingsley Model + Talent Management
PHOTOGRAPHY: Drew Xeron | www.drewxeron.com | ASSISTED BY: Bruce Allen
LEAD STYLIST: Joy Kingsley-Ibeh | ASSISTED BY: Curtis Barnes and Dwayne Brice
HAIR STYLISTS: Charlene Brown (Key), Melanie Williams and Kennedi Norman
MAKEUP ARTISTS: Akura Robinson (Key), Lauretta McCoy and Michelle Brooks
MODELS: Step Afrika! Dancers
EDITORIAL DIRECTION: Catherine Trifiletti
Photographed at Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street, NW; tudorplace.org
Washington’s largest African American arts organization, Step Afrika! is celebrating its 25th anniversary and rich history asa one of the preeminent dance companies of its kind across the United States. Each year the company’s 14 full-time dancers tour more than 50 cities around the globe performing a combination of step, South African traditional dance, gumboot and more. Howard University-graduate C. Brian Williams founded the dance group in 1994 after returning from a life-chaning trip to South Africa. Visit www.stepafrika.org
From our June 2019 issue.