Arts - in - Education

Footworks is a leader in the field of Arts-In-Education and has been dedicated to youth and family audiences since the inception of the Company over 35 years ago.

Footworks presents live music and authentic American traditional dance in an energetic, engaging performance with plenty of audience participation. 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.

Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance

ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

Grade Levels: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Curriculum Connectors: Multi-Cultural, History/Social Studies, Music, Dance, and Physical Education

ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

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 Maryland, the United States, and American culture.

Grade Levels: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Curriculum Connectors: Multi-Cultural, History/Social Studies, American History, Music, Dance and Movement

ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

Build A Better World

Award winning Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble presents "Build A Better World", a family-friendly show for all ages that includes live music, dancing, audience participation, and lots of fun that will inspire students and audiences of all ages to do their part to build a better world.  Come join world class artists as they perform an interactive and uplifting show that promotes civic competence and inspires audiences to be active and engaged participants in public life and is sure to get everyone smiling, toe tapping, singing, and clapping! 

Grade Levels: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Curriculum Connectors: Social Studies, United States History, Maryland History, World History, Music, Dance

PROGRAM PLUS WORKSHOP 
Follow the assembly program “Keeping the Beat” or "Irish Roots and American Branches" with up to four 45-minute workshops, giving classes a chance to try out the dance steps they've just seen. Classes will work with Footworks dancers on age-appropriate dance steps. This is a wonderful activity for P.E. or dance classes. (2 artists) 
Grade Level: K-12

Curriculum Connectors: Multi-Cultural, History/Social Studies, Music, Dance, and Physical Education

RESIDENCY PROGRAM 

Roots and Rhythm 
Traditional music and dance is an activity that Footworks presents in a way that makes participation accessible and fun with an approach that brings students together in a positive, constructive, and participatory way, building community and connecting the participants to each other and to their culture. The learning sequences develop motor skills and communication skills, teaching how to focus, follow directions, and work with others. Every individual understands that they are an important part of the whole. Workshops include percussive dance, singing, “hamboning” and improvisational exercises. (2-3 artists) 
Grade Level: K-12 
Curriculum Connectors: Multi-Cultural, History/Social Studies, Music, Dance, and Physical Education

ARTS INTEGRATION
Footworks’ founding director Eileen Carson Schatz is a Certified Teaching Artist in Maryland. Her arts integrated residencies include working closely with the classroom teacher to custom design a series of classes that use music and dance to help teach the social studies and dance units of the Maryland State Curriculum. Click the links below for details on her current offerings:I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

 

Exploring Cultural Diversity through Dance (PDF)

 
 
 
 

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