Multi-cultural and Percussive Dance Ensemble
Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies, Workshops
Culture Studies, Folktales, Music, Physical Education, Theatre Arts, US History, World History
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble has been performing for and teaching audiences since 1979. Performing to live music by traditional musicians, the dance troupe?s repertoire includes a variety of stepdancing, hambone, clogging, and Scottish dance. School programs are designed to enrich education through exposure to dance and the celebration of cross-cultural similarities of percussive dance.
Roots and Rhythm (4-12) This residency program is designed to teach students an appreciation of the richness and diversity that is found in American music and dance due to the amazing tapestry of cultures found in the United States. The performance includes audience participation in song and rhythm, clogging, African boot dance, Irish, English or Scottish dance, and hambone. Workshops can include percussive dance, tap, clogging, step dance and African boot dance. Improvisational exercises that tap the students' creativity are also a part of the workshops that can be integrated with aspects of the curriculum. This residency emphasizes ensemble work as a model for community: nurturing individual expression while fostering respect and support of others.
Steps around the World (K-12) The stepdancing traditions of Irish, Scottish and English immigrants are demonstrated in this school performance. The melting pot influences of African and Native American dancing and drumming are demonstrated in American clogging and tap dancing. The program includes original choreography and traditional clogging, step dancing, hoofing, hamboning, and African boot dancing. Active audience participation includes learning how to hambone.