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Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble


Since 1979, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble has delighted audiences in the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. Footworks performed as guest artists in the London run of Riverdance and was one of eight groups chosen to represent American culture in Japan with the Smithsonian Institution. The company is also 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 2014 Individual Artist Award for Choreography. Musical Director, Mark Schatz, has also received numerous awards, performing and recording with some of the very best in acoustic music. In 2011 both Directors received a Grammy Nomination for their work on "Memories of John" on the Compass Records label. Footworks remains true to traditional American music and percussive dance and presents connected roots and branches from many cultures. All of Footworks programming is a celebration of the cultural diversity found in the United States. The Washington Post declares, "The eruptive joy of Footworks dancers is as contagious as laughter!"  

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Video 8/28/2014: Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

The Maryland-based dance company blends traditional Americana music and percussive dance.