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Sumaan Davenport, 11, of Washington, D.C., and fellow campers practice a step dance during the Summer Steps With Step Afrika! camp at Anacostia Senior High School Aug. 7, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Summer Steps With Step Afrika! is a weeklong summer-camp program for students grades four to 12. Washington Performing Arts sponsored the camp for the eighth year. Read more about the camp here.
Instructor Briana Stuart, 24, of the D.C.-based professional stepping troupe Step Afrika! straightens students for a practice run-through at the Summer Steps With Step Afrika! camp.
Allyson Neal, 11, of Washington, D.C., smiles at a fellow camper during a break at the camp.
Instructor Jordan Spry, 24, of Step Afrika! organizes students for a practice run-through.
Camryn Mix, 10, of Bowie, Md., and Cameron Reeder, 13, of Silver Spring, Md., demonstrate West African dance steps they learned during the camp.
Tatiana Jones, 10, of Arlington, Va., performs a practice run-through at camp.
Nile Speight-Leggett, 12, of Clinton, Md., smiles at a fellow camper during a practice run-through.
Troi Prophet (center), 10, of Bowie, Md., and fellow campers perform a practice run-through.
Darias Allen, 12, of White Plains, Md., listens as fellow campers answer dance-related questions during a break from dance practice.
Emma Clarke (center), 12, of New Rochelle, N.Y., raises her hand to answer a dance-related question during a break from dance practice.