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FOOTWORKZ ALL NEW CLASSES AT STAGEWORKZ!
For more information on these exciting new classes, contact www.footworks.org
Eileen Carson Schatz, Footworks Director
Eileen Carson Schatz, Founding Director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble since 1979, has toured internationally including as a guest choreographer and performer in Riverdance in London, and with the Smithsonian Institute in Japan. 

As Artistic Director, choreographer, dancer and lead vocalist for Footworks, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, an “Annie” Award for Performing Artist from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, MD, won the national Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, and was selected Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Maryland. 

Considered a master teacher, Eileen is a Certified Teaching Artist in the Maryland Schools, has performed and taught internationally for over 35 years and has twice received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Choreography (1997, 2014)
Marsha Searle, Footworks Instructor

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, 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 10 years and is currently Footworks' Company Manager and Rehearsal Captain. 
Southern Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging
Wednesdays, 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Southern Appalachian music and dance developed when Native American, Irish, Scottish, English, and African music and dance met in those mountains.  Flatfooting is the older form of making rhythm with the feet, not for performance, but found in social settings and done for pure enjoyment with individuals improvising. Clogging steps are more structured and sequences are most often danced with others. 

Footworks' classes will include both styles along with steps and stories from the many masters who influenced them over the company's 36 years. If you like tap dance, you will love it's close relative clogging, and this class will help all dancers with their rhythm and timing skills. This class plus the Roots and Rhythm class that follows is the beginning of Footworks' plan to start a Student Company at Stageworkz with auditions in the Spring of 2016. 

Please visit the website at: www.footworks.org to learn more about this internationally recognized company. 


Roots and Rhythm
Wednesdays, 745 pm - 8:45 pm

Come and learn all about the world of multicultural percussive dance, where the dancer not only moves but is also a musician by making percussive sounds as they move. Class material will include some traditional Irish dance, South African Boot Dance, Hamboning (African American body percussion), Cherokee dance, American tap, Canadian step dance, Steppin', dances that include singing and many more throughout both semesters. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures coming together here and the roots and branches of American music and dance and see dance as a deeply meaningful expression of cultures and the vital role it has played in the shaping of our communities and nation. 

This class plus the preceding Clogging class is the beginning of Footworks' plan to start a Student Company at Stageworkz with auditions in the Spring of 2016. Please visit the website at: www.footworks.org to learn more about this internationally recognized company.