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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. 

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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.

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Allyson Neal, 11, of Washington, D.C., smiles at a fellow camper during a break at the camp.

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Instructor Jordan Spry, 24, of Step Afrika! organizes students for a practice run-through.

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Camryn Mix, 10, of Bowie, Md., and Cameron Reeder, 13, of Silver Spring, Md., demonstrate West African dance steps they learned during the camp.

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Tatiana Jones, 10, of Arlington, Va., performs a practice run-through at camp.

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Nile Speight-Leggett, 12, of Clinton, Md., smiles at a fellow camper during a practice run-through.

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Troi Prophet (center), 10, of Bowie, Md., and fellow campers perform a practice run-through.

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Darias Allen, 12, of White Plains, Md., listens as fellow campers answer dance-related questions during a break from dance practice.

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Emma Clarke (center), 12, of New Rochelle, N.Y., raises her hand to answer a dance-related question during a break from dance practice.

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