Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance

Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance

Footworks conveys the power and joy of percussive dance while illuminating the historical and multicultural roots of American music and dance. The program includes live music, American clogging and hamboning, Irish step dance, African dance, call-and-answer songs and more. Footworks specializes in performing the music and dance that developed across the continent, stemming from African-American, Celtic, and Native American cultural traditions. Students will learn about the diversity and commonality of the people of North Carolina, the United States, and the world. Students will gain an understanding of music and dance as an essential aspect of history and human experience in an entertaining performance that includes lots of audience participation and fun and will keep students on the edge of their seats. Curriculum Connections: Multicultural, History/Social Studies, Music, Dance, and PE.

Artist Background

Celebrating 40 years as a performing arts ensemble, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble is an internationally recognized, roots-based music and dance company showcasing the cultural diversity of percussive dance. Footworks has a reputation for exceptional performances, bringing the joy and energy of percussive dance and music to audiences worldwide. The ensemble always performs with its own highly accomplished award-winning musicians and is dedicated to teaching and working with youth, recognized for over 40 years in Arts-In-Education. Footworks offers a wide range of services including theater productions, festival performances, workshops, arts-integrated school assemblies and residencies, and youth and community outreach programming. 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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