I am delighted with the robust participation of American entertainers at this year’s 50th Independence Day celebrations in Samoa. I am particularly happy that we were able to arrange for Step Afrika, a critically acclaimed group of step dancers from the United States, to perform at a number of venues in Samoa during the anniversary week.
Step Afrika has already performed to several large, enthusiastic crowds here. If you are in Samoa and would like to see a show – and I certainly encourage you to – take a look at the remainder of the schedule below:
Tuesday May 29:
2pm – 4pm: Performance at the Le Papaigalagala Fale, NUS
Wednesday May 30:
10am – 12 pm: Performance/workshop at Sataoa EFKS Hall
1:30pm – 3.30 pm: Performance/workshop at Poutasi village
9:30pm – Performance at Samoa Fa’afafine Association’s Annual Beauty Pageant at Gym 1, Tuanaimato
Thursday May 31:
7.30pm – 10pm: Performance at Moata’a EFKS Hall
Friday June 1:
12 pm – 2pm: Performance at Government Building stage
7:30 pm – 10 pm: Performance at Government Building stage
Saturday June 2:
7pm: Performance at Government Building stage
Monday June 4:
6pm – 10 pm: Perform at the ‘I Love Samoa Concert’, Government Building Stage
Yes, we are working the steppers hard, but that’s because we want as many people as possible to see this dynamic American cultural expression. So do come by. I hope to see you at one or more of the performances. I’ll be at most of them, so say hello when you see me in the audience.
I’m saving up the best photos and will run a special Step Afrika performance post after the celebrations end. In the meantime, for more information about Step Afrika or stepping in general, check out the group’s website: www.stepafrika.org.