C. Brian Williams is a graduate of Howard University and a DC resident for over 25 years. He first learned to step as a member of, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Beta Chapter, in 1989. While living in Africa, he began to research stepping, exploring the many sides of this exciting, yet under-recognized American art form and founded Step Afrika! in 1994. Brian has performed, lectured and taught extensively in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. He is co-founder of the historic Step Afrika! International Cultural Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Brian has been cited as a "Civic/Community Visionary" by NV Magazine and "Nation Builder" by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. He is featured prominently in Soulstepping, the first book to document the history of stepping and in 2010, Washington Life Magazine designated Brian as one of DC’s leading arts innovators. He is also the recipient of the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance.
Under Brian’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s newest cultural exports and inspired the designation of Step Afrika! as Washington, DC’s official Cultural Ambassador.