D.C.-based dance company Step Afrika! has named Lamar Lovelace as its new executive director.
Lovelace will succeed founder C. Brian Williams, overseeing strategy and operations, the company announced in a statement. Williams will become the company’s executive producer and will focus on curating and expanding Step Afrika’s! artistic and educational outreach globally.
Lovelace joined Step Afrika! in September 2017 as deputy executive director, where he managed communications and marketing strategy, fundraising and financial operations. The news release said Lovelace has increased the board membership and added corporate partnerships by nearly 400% during the past four years.
Conrad Woody, the incoming chairman of the Step Afrika! board, enthusiastically welcomed Lovelace in his new role.
“His leadership and resolve during the pandemic have prepared him to further elevate the company, our strategic direction and our impact here and abroad,” Woody said. “We are grateful to our pioneering founder C. Brian Williams for his creative genius and dynamic leadership over the last 28 years.”
Lovelace has worked at Columbia University as the director of public programs and events and assistant director in the Office of Community Outreach and Education and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he served as the director of cultural affairs and student engagement.
“I’m humbled and honored to continue my partnership with Brian to chronicle untold stories of the African-American experience as Step Afrika! approaches its 30th anniversary season,” Lovelace said. “I am thrilled to explore opportunities for expansion in our Stepping into Schools arts education portfolio and would love to have each and every child in the District of Columbia experience the tradition of stepping as a tool that reinforces teamwork, discipline and commitment as important life skills whether they are on or off the stage.”