SATURDAY & SUNDAY

For the past 10 years Dance Africa DC has brought Washington communities together for a celebration of family, rhythm, and culture. Featuring a marketplace filled with food and hand-crafted artwork, free outdoor performances, dance classes and a gala performance at the Lincoln Theatre, this two-day festival reminds us of the lasting ties between African culture and black culture throughout the diaspora. At last year’s gala we were treated to a metaphorical journey through dance from Africa’s original steps to the capoeira of Brazil to the breakdance of modern black America. This year the journey will take us from South Africa to America with performances by DC Coalition Step Team and the Howard University Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Step Dancers. In addition to the steppers, the Smooth and EZ Hand Dancers will partner up to showcase another African-American form. Joining them will be the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers (West African, pictured), Coyaba Dance Theatre (Mandingue) and the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (Brazil). As always, festival griot Chuck Davis, keeper of the history, will let us know how we got from there to here. Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $5, indoor performances; Free, outdoor performances. Gala performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $16. (202) 269-1600. (Holly Bass)