Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Footworks has toured nationally and internationally since 1979, including taking part in a Smithsonian Institution tour of Japan, and performing as guest artists with “Riverdance” in London. The company has performed and taught in schools throughout Maryland and the United States since 1980.

Founder and Artistic Director Eileen Carson is an NEA Choreography Fellow, a recipient of the “Annie” Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and the 2006 Young Audiences of Maryland’s Artist of the Year. The Washington Post declares, “The eruptive joy of Footworks dancers is as contagious as laughter.”

Footworks’ Arts in Education programming includes the 45-minute assembly program, “Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance,”; workshops; the residencies, “Roots and Rhythm,” “Exploring the Cultural Diversity of the United States Through Traditional Dance,” and “Understanding the Star-Spangled Banner Through Dance.”


  PO Box 1760

Anne Arundel



Understanding the Star Spangled Banner through Dance

Program description

Arts Integrated Residency: Understanding the Star Spangled Banner Through Dance
This residency may be custom designed to address your program goals:
The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore on September 14, 1814, and the upcoming 200th anniversary is a great oppor­tunity to celebrate our heritage. This residency explores some of the events leading up to the writ­ing of our national anthem and the meaning of the words through movement and dance. Students will learn the basic elements of dance and some fun choreography to the song. Using improvisation, students will learn how dance can communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings and will have the op­portunity to choreograph their own dance moves.
Grade levels: 3 – 5
4 – 6 sessions recommended
4 sessions minimum

Students will:
• Demonstrate knowledge of how Elements of Dance are used to communicate meaning: identify and describe some Elements of Dance used in movement that communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings
• Develop the ability to improvise dance: communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings using improvisation and improvise dance studies individually and with a team
• Explain the political, cultural, economic, and social changes in Maryland during the early 1800s: describe Maryland’s role in the war of 1812

Booking / scheduling contact

Marsha Searle


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Music
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Dance, Music, Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year round, contingent on a block booking of 2 days.

Available times:


Space / technical requirements:

Gym, music room or classroom space cleared of desks and chairs for enough room for dance.



Fees / Ticketing:

Determined by the final residency schedule.


NC Standard Course of Study:


R7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.



SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.



L3 – Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

NC Essential Standards:


From the K-2 Social Studies Essential Standards:



This program connects to Social Studies for all grades and promotes understanding of the diversity of people in the local community (1.C.1).



From the Arts Education, Dance K-8 Standards:



The program connects to many of the NC Essential Standards for Dance, and especially fosters understanding of cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections. Additionally, the program encourages students to use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance (K-8.C.1, K-8.R.1).


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

FOOTWORKS views every performance as a commitment; however, if the need arises to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, injury, inclement weather, FOOTWORKS will make every effort to give as much advance notice as possible. FOOTWORKS will reschedule when possible, and in a timely way, and will appreciate the same effort from the school.  Neither FOOTWORKS nor any representative of FOOTWORKS shall be liable for the FOOTWORKS’ failure to appear, present, or perform if such failure is caused or due to the physical disability or illness of more than 25% of  FOOTWORKS’ performers, acts or regulations of public authorities, labor difficulties, civil tumult, strike, epidemic, interruption or delay of transportation service, acts of God, or any cause beyond the control of FOOTWORKS or the school.