EMILY CREWS - CO-DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL DANCER
Emily Crews graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1991 and moved to the DC area. Since then she has performed, choreographed, and taught various dance styles including tap, clogging, modern, and jazz, and since 2008 she has also been choreographing for musical theater. Emily has been a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble since 2000. Currently she also performs with Jane Franklin Dance and serves as the Financial Director at Dance Place.
MARK DELANEY - MUSICIAN
Mark Delaney was born in Minnesota but moved to Derwood, Maryland during his first year of life and has since then never live anywhere outside of Maryland. His musical career is almost wholly a product of living in the DC-Baltimore area. His mother, born in Kentucky, is the daughter of banjo player Garcia Killen and niece of country singer Ked Killen, both of whom were colleagues of Kenny Baker. His Father, born in Massachusetts, was at one time a jazz critic for Downbeat magazine. All of these influences combined in a rich and interesting fusion, and all can be discerned in Mark’s music. He began playing the banjo seriously at the age of eleven with some help from his grandfather; not long after, he was playing professionally in regional bands in the DC area including many years with Arnold Hobbs and Partners at the Partners Two club in Centreville, Virginia, where he met (and even played with) many of the bluegrass greats. He is a former member of Randy Waller and The Country Gentlemen, Darren Beachley and Legends of the Potomac, the Good Deale Band, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, The Travelers, The Patuxent Partners, and Badly Bent. He currently tours and records with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass.
CHRISTINE GALANTE - PRINCIPAL DANCER
Christine Galante is a principal dancer with Footworks and has been with the ensemble since 1997. Chrissy was immersed in the world of traditional music and dance from an early age - the third generation of her family to learn square, folk, round dancing, and clogging. As a youth, she expanded her love of the arts into theatre, dance, and vocal performance, and continued her studies as a Musical Theatre major at Catawba College in NC. Christine has been fortunate to showcase her performing versatility from theme parks to theatre stages as a singer, actress, dancer, and choreographer. She has also been a guest artist with Rhythm In Shoes artistic director, Sharon Leahy, The Duhks, and The Bumper Jacksons. A graduate of the Teaching Artist Institute with Young Audiences of Maryland, Christine’s passion for Arts-In-Education is shared with Footworks and in her collaborations with RC Dance Discovery. She has been a featured instructor at Ashokan Music and Dance Camp, Miles of Music Camp, and with the Wheatland Music Organization.
JON GLIK - MUSICIAN
A highly respected bluegrass fiddler, “Baltimore Johnny” has toured with such bluegrass legends as Frank Wakefield, Peter Rowan, Bob and Dan Paisley, Del McRoury, and David Grisman. His uniquely intense and driving style can be heard on many critically acclaimed recordings, including those of Dave Evans, Dan Paisley, The Hard Travelers, Frank Wakefield, Del McRoury, The Forbes Family, and an original soundtrack for Maryland Public Television. Jon has been with Footworks for over 18 years, touring extensively with the company as well as playing for most of Footworks’ arts-in-education programming. When not touring, Jon's home is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In addition to Footworks, he performs with The Forbes Family, a gospel group, Good Deale Bluegrass Band, Eastman String Band and The Hard Travelers, where as a member he has helped raise over one million dollars towards Cystic Fibrosis research.
AGI KOVACS - PRINCIPAL DANCER
Agnes (Agi) Kovacs was born and raised in Hungary and studied at the Hungarian National Ballet Institute. Her training was in classical ballet, Historical dances and Hungarian Folk dances. She moved to the USA 20 years ago and has been dancing with Footworks for the last 6 years. Agi also taught Sean Nos (Old Style) Irish dancing to all ages for 4 years and currently teaches tap, clogging and flatfooting at Knock On Wood Tap studio in Takoma Park.
PATRICK MCAVINUE - MUSICIAN
Patrick McAvinue, four-time Candidate for International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year, is regarded as one of the most innovative fiddlers in the industry, able to translate the traditions of Bluegrass into a fresh, eclectic, forward-thinking language of his own. Patrick’s CD release, Rutland’s Reel, is described as, “a roller coaster of pure uncut fiddle nirvana” (Joseph Scott, Country Music Pride). A highly in-demand sideman, he has performed and recorded with Bluegrass music icons Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury, Marty Stuart, Paul Williams and J.D. Crowe, to name a few. He and his fiddle have appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Country Ren-dez vous Festival in Crappone, FR, The U.S. Embassy in Quinto, EC, Die Dreikönigskirche in Dresden, DE, and The Koppernik Theatre in Prague, CZ. Currently, Patrick tours with the acclaimed Bluegrass super-group Audie Blaylock & Redline and is a featured recording artist for the Patuxent Music and Mountain Home record labels. When home from the road, he enjoys sharing his passion and love for music with his private students.
REBECCA POWERS - PRINCIPAL DANCER
Rebecca performs, teaches, and choreographs in various styles of percussive dance. She received extensive training under Eileen Carson-Schatz and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, becoming a principal dancer with the touring company. A trained ballet dancer, Rebecca is a seasoned performer and also performs with Fiddlekicks. Rebecca teaches clogging and flatfooting workshops and is a guest teacher for the weekly classes at the City Stompers in NYC.
KIM RIVERS - PRINCIPAL DANCER
Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Kim began her dance training at the age of two with Pam Newton and Mary Slater. In May 2003, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Dance/Choreography. She is a full-time instructor at Slater’s Dance studio in Edgewater, MD. In the spring of 2008, Kim founded a dance organization called Re-Formation Dance Company, and owns a studio in Annapolis, Maryland. Kim has explored many styles of dance, such as ballet, jazz, liturgical, and modern, and has studied tap with Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, and Brenda Buffalino, among others. Kim was a member of D’Feet, a tap ensemble based in Richmond VA, and has also performed in the National Tap Dance Festival, the yearly Kunte Kinte Festivals, touring across the country with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan Tour in 1998 as a Caravan Kid. Kim also loves to sing, act, and model.
MARSHA SEARLE - CO-DIRECTOR, SCHOOL SHOW DIRECTOR, REHEARSAL CAPTAIN, PRINCIPAL DANCER
Marsha Searle grew up studying ballet and Scottish Highland dancing. She studied at Brigham Young University earning BFA degrees in both Composite Dance and History, focusing on Modern and World Dance. During her time at BYU Marsha performed with the International Folk Dance ensemble for 4 years, touring the United States, British Isles, Canada, and Belgium and performing in the opening cerimonies of the 2002 Olympics. Shortly after moving to Maryland in 2004 she became a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. She has been dancing professionally with Footworks for 13 years.
JORDAN TICE - MUSICIAN
Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer from Annapolis, MD who currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. He released his first record of original music "No Place Better" at the age of 17, followed by the record "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice", both to rave reviews. In 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story", featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz. Jordan's third record "The Secret History" featured Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer.
In addition to his solo work, Jordan has worked with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. Jordan currently plays in the trio Haas Kowert Tice with fiddler Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert. Their new record, "You Got This" is currently garnering some positive press. He also performs with the fiddle/percussive dance group 4tet, in a duo with Hammered Dulcimer Player Simon Chrisman and as a sideman with many different artists around the US.