For decades, Cal Performances has offered our community SchoolTime field trips as a way to engage K-12 students and broaden their understanding of all the performing arts can be. Through this program, thousands of local K-12 students each season have the opportunity to see a selection of special one-hour performances at free or highly discounted rates. These immersive, multi-layered performances connect easily to classroom curricula and are designed to offer a window into different cultures and perspectives, and to hopefully inspire a lifelong love of the performing arts. The energy and excitement that fills our auditorium anytime a SchoolTime performance is gearing up is unlike anything else. To give our patrons a peek into the program, as well as the eager and insightful students who make these performances such a joy, our Manager of Education and Community Programs, Rica Anderson, sat down with five children following a SchoolTime performance of Step Afrika! (a dance company based around African American traditions of stepping) earlier this spring.