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Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble to Rock the Stage at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 3, 2000

(Mahwah) – Footworks Dance Ensemble’s unique fusion of live music, comedy, singing and dazzling array of percussive dance rooted in different cultures, will fill the stage of the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey Sunday, November 26 at 3 p.m. Combining elements of clog, step and tap, Footworks has entertained audiences of all ages across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including appearances at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.

A full-time company since 1979, Footworks appeared as guest artists in the original London run of the hit show Riverdance and sold out its own five-week tour of the UK. They drew rave reviews on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution as one of eight groups chosen to represent American culture in Japan. Artistic Director Eileen Carson received a two-year National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship for her creative, original work. “Their imaginative choreography combined elements of clog, step and tap dance into one breathlessly kinetic and vibrantly percussive performance,” wrote Mike Joyce in the Washington Post.

Footworks has become renowned for respecting the integrity of traditional dance while staging it to meet professional performance standards. In search of the origins and relatives of their first love, Southern Appalachian clogging and flatfooting, Footworks went on to study with masters of many forms of traditional percussive dance including Irish, Scottish, English, Canadian, African and African American. The company is dedicated to bringing live music and the power and joy of percussive dance to audiences the world over.
General admission tickets are $12; students are $5. For more information, please call (201) 684-7888.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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