Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

MSAC Touring Artist Profile

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble conveys the joy and power of percussive dance while illuminating the culturally diverse roots and branches of American music and dance. Since 1979, Footworks has delighted audiences internationally with theater productions, festival performances, arts-integrated school assemblies and residencies, workshops, and youth and community outreach programming.

Footworks always performs with its own band of stellar musicians and Musical Director Mark Schatz has received numerous awards including the 2015 MSAC’s Individual Artist Award for Composition. Founding Director Eileen Carson is a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellow, a Certified Teaching Artist, and a recipient of MSAC’s Individual Artist Award for Choreography (1997, 2014).

INCREDIBLE FEETS celebrates music and percussive dances from many diverse cultures, and influences of these joyful traditions come together in original choreography.

DESTINATION BALTIMORE illuminates the multicultural history of Maryland and the vital role that music and dance plays in the shaping of our state and nation.

“…the Bolshoi of Barndance!” – The Washington Post

Complimentary Activities:

Footworks is dedicated to teaching and working with youth and the community and is recognized for over 35 years in Arts-In Education. Footworks presents Community Performances, School Assemblies and Residencies, Community Outreach, Workshops, Master Classes, and Professional Development for teachers. Footworks currently offers:

KEEPING THE BEAT: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance (Concert)


ROOTS AND RHYTHM: Exploring the Cultural Diversity of the United States (Residency)


BUSTIN’ LOOSE (Creative Movement Course)

MULTICULTURAL DANCE CLASSES (a wide range of styles)

Fees for these programs range from $200 to $2,000.

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