Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Multi-cultural and Percussive Dance and Music Ensemble
Dance, History, Music
Culture Studies, World History, US History, Physical Education, Music, Dance
Founded in 1979, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble is an internationally recognized, roots-based music and dance company showcasing the cultural diversity of percussive dance. The company has become one of the leading American exponents of these specialized, intricate and energetic dance forms. Footworks maintains a reputation for exceptional performances, bringing the joy and energy of percussive dance and music to audiences all over the world. The ensemble always performs with its own band of highly accomplished, award-winning musicians. The company is dedicated to teaching and working with youth and is recognized for over 35 years in Arts-In-Education. Founding Director Eileen Carson Schatz is a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellow, a Certified Teaching Artist, and recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award and performs and records with some of the very best in acoustic music. All of Footworks programming is a celebration of the cultural diversity found in the United States.
Irish Roots and American Branches Performing live Irish music and dance with their descendant American styles, Footworks illuminates the American story of traditions coming from the Old World and meeting others here, resulting in new traditions. Students learn the powerful role the Irish played in the shaping of the United States, and American culture.
Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance Footworks conveys the power and joy of percussive dance while illuminating the multicultural roots of American music and dance, including African, European, and Native American traditions. Live music and an exciting array of percussive dances are performed, including step dance, gumboot dance, tap, clogging, and hamboning, along with inspiring audience participation.
Roots and Rhythm: Exploring the Cultural Diversity of the United States Through Traditional Dance This arts-integrated residency explores the diversity and commonality of the people of the United States. Dances and their histories from different cultures are taught in a fun and inviting way, bringing students together in rhythms and songs that build community and connect participants to each other and to their shared American heritage.