Fiery fancy footwork sets the stage ablaze when the aptly named company, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, returns to Maryland Hall for a performance on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and $15 for members. Footworks is delighted to include special guest artists for this show: The Claire Lynch Band and Teelin Irish Dance Company.
Celebrating their 36th year touring internationally, Footworks takes you on a journey that conveys the roots and branches of American music and dance, integrating live music, song, and dance to illuminate connections between cultures. Founding Director Eileen Carson received the 2014 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for Choreography, and Musical Director Mark Schatz received the 2015 MSAC Individual Artist Award for Composition. With a dazzling and diverse array of traditional and original music and choreography, Footworks’ performances reach all ages and backgrounds and “pack as much skill, pizzazz, energy, imagination and artistry as any audience could ask for.” (The Washington Post)
The Claire Lynch Band delivers a personable, high-energy performance including tender country ballads, hard driving bluegrass, and swing with a band of some of the best acoustic instrumentalists in the country. Grammy nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch’s soulful songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless and Kathy Mattea and others. Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”
Teelin Irish Dance Company’s innovative style fuses traditional Irish step dance with contemporary dance, and is the reason that their Director, Maureen Berry, won the 2009 Individual Artist award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. Maureen was a principal dancer with Footworks for over ten years and will join Footworks in the creation and performance of new choreography to debut on April 30.
You don’t want to miss this special concert of world-class singing, hot strings and flying feet!
Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Additional support comes from sponsors including: The Helena Foundation, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo, RPH Architecture, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Towne Transport, Manis Canning & Associates, Annapolis Hyundai, BB&T, Black Turtle Services, Kure, RBC Wealth Management, The RC Group, Double Tree Annapolis, Maryland Eye Associates and Ziger/Snead.
For more information or to order tickets, contact the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or visit www.marylandhall.org. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 5 pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.