Marsha and Augie of Footworks dancing with tap shoes on stage at Maryland City Elementary

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Art Form(s)
Dance, Music
Artist Credentials
MSAC Teaching Artist Roster
Teaching Artist Institute Graduate
About this Artist

Celebrating over 40 years, 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 dance and music to audiences worldwide. All of Footworks programming is a celebration of cultural diversity!

Artist Statement

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble is internationally renowned for their theatre and festival productions. Late Artistic Director Eileen Carson was an NEA Choreography Fellow and two-time Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award recipient. Committed to arts in education for over 35 years, Footworks brings a wealth of experience and skill to programming in Maryland Schools.


"Footworks combined top-notch performances with in-depth cultural connections and audience participation. Our students were engaged and wanted to dance their way out of the cafeteria!"

Jessica, Teacher, Oakdale Elementary

"A thousand thanks to you all for the extraordinary program yesterday at St. Michael's Auditorium for the kindergarten through fifth-graders. I loved your description of the show commemorating the Star Spangled Banner, Eileen! You are ever the master visionary and orchestrator."

Busy, St. Michael’s Elementary

"Eileen Carson of Footworks is amazing! We are so grateful to have had her back! The kids were AWESOME this afternoon. Eileen brings content, skills, and ideas that the kids enjoy, learn, and are excited about! We were certainly sad to see her go! If there was some way we could keep her forever we would!"

Nikki, Teacher, Willards Elementary