Songwriter, Dancer, Educator, Activist

God, that girl can sing.”

— Doc Watson

Carla Gover is a flatfoot dancer and clogger, a banjo player, a singer-songwriter, an educator, and a community organizer. She is an eighth-generation Kentuckian who hails from a small coal town in Eastern Kentucky, and her rural sensibilities permeate the work that she does and the art that she creates.  

She is the artistic director for the Appalachian/Latinx collective Cornbread & Tortillas and also performs with CornMaiz String Band and Zoe Speaks original roots music band. She offers residencies, workshops, and educational outreach to schools and universities, as well as private instruction.  

Carla is offering a range of choice for online instruction during this season of event cancellation and uncertainty. Read more about classes here.

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What Now? 

This is a screen shot of some of my recent online classes. Like all touring and teaching artists, I have grappled with what to do with my time now that all concerts and events and camps are shut down. So, in addition to working on some recording projects and original music, I have chosen to develop online courses, turning what I would normally teach in real life into weekly Zoom sessions. It feels good to be connecting with people, albeit virtually, and to be sharing the beautiful traditions of music and dance from my community with students from Alaska to Maine! I've been happily surprised by how many different locales my students have come from after a bit of Instagram advertising, and now I am working with a videographer to take it one step further to make online teaching videos. Classes so far include Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains, Beginning Flatfooting and Clogging, and Intermediate Flatfooting with Musicians.  With the stay-at-home orders and everything that's going on in the world, it's all about finding the silver linings!

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