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I find it disconcerting that so many educated African-descended young people in America label dance, community, and other elements of their vibrant culture “Greek.” While this association could be completely harmless, it is comforting to know that Step Afrika! seeks to make a less misleading connection. The exhibition will explore the similarities between stepping, group dancing popularized by African-American fraternities and sororities, and the gum-boot dance, which originated in South Africa. This show is the stateside manifestation of the Step Afrika! Festival in Johannesburg that features the Soweto Dance Theatre and offers workshops and performances for disadvantaged South African children. At 6 p.m. today and Wednesday, as well as Aug. 30 & 31, in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 416-4600. (Neil Drumming)