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Roots and Rhythm

Roots and Rhythm

Footworks teaches traditional music and dance in a way that makes participation accessible and fun, creating an atmosphere where students can express their own creativity, encouraging self-expression and heightening self-esteem. Residency workshops include learning a multicultural array of percussive dances that illuminate the diversity of American culture, history, and social studies lessons. Singing, hamboning, and improvisational exercises are also included and the residency brings students together in an interactive way that connects them to each other and to their culture. The learning sequences develop communication and motor skills and better ability to focus, and teach how to work with others to create something together. Students will learn the vital role that music and dance play in history and human experience. The residency is custom designed to fit the needs of your school. 1-2 artists. Curriculum Connections: Multicultural, History/Social Studies, Music, Dance, P.E.

Artist Background

Footworks is internationally renowned for its theater, festival, and Arts-In-Education performances. Having toured internationally since 1979, Footworks brings a wealth of experience and skill to programming in North Carolina schools. The company is dedicated to teaching and working with youth and is recognized for over 38 years in Arts-In-Education. Founding Director Eileen Carson Schatz is a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellow and a Certified Teaching Artist. 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.

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