I'm a Kentucky Dancer & Musician with cornbread in my skillet and a song in my heart! I share flatfooting, ballads, and banjo with lovers of Appalachian Culture everywhere. Let me help you find your yee-haw!

• Connecting with like-minded folks and using modern technology to explore age-old folkways.

• Giving yourself the gift of finally learning some brand-new old-time steps, tunes, or songs, or catching a live show (in person or online!)

• Cutting loose and celebrating culture and creativity through music, dancing, and stories!

Imagine...

Welcome to our front porch, our picking parlor, and our one-room schoolhouse.

I’m a multi-passionate mountain gal who believes that living a simple and creative life has the power to change the world, and I’ll bet you feel the same!

Whether you want to learn some dance steps or ballads, connect with the skills and wisdom of a mountain mama, or just to listen to some dang good music, I’ve got you covered! Stay for a spell, have a bite of cornbread and a sup of sassafras tea, and while the fiddler rosins up her bow, let’s get to know each other!

I'm a gung-ho flatfooter and clogger, evangelist of mountain music and culture, social-justice activist, change-making artist, and besotted partner to my Greek-hillbilly true love (more on him later). I'm SO glad our paths have crossed!

Modern life stressin’ you out?

My 1925 Bacon banjo...

Howdy! I'm Carla!

- Annie B. Alaska

"I like how, as a dancer and string-band musician, you understand how to adjust steps for improvisational settings and to perform with a band. And you’re just such a nice and accessible teacher!

Your dance classes have seriously brought me so much joy! I can't wait until we can gather again and I can show off my new moves--I'm going to tear up every bar from Juneau to Fairbanks!"

'Carla's dance classes have brought me so much joy!'

- Arthel "Doc" Watson

“God, that girl can sing.” 

I’m part of some great ensembles including the CornMaiz Kentucky Stringband, folk group Zoe Speaks, and the Cornbread & Tortillas Bilingual Folk Opera. We offer a variety of online and in-person programming for kids and adults. Click the image above for more information.  

Workshops & Performances

I write songs for folks who want to commemorate a special life event, relationship, or even a place. I’ll take you through the whole process to write a completely custom song, then record and deliver it to you. It makes a tender and touching gift for the ones you love the most. 

Custom Songwriting

I’m pleased and proud to offer the world’s first online Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging Academy. It runs twice per year and you can read all about it and all of my current lessons and courses by clicking the image above. 

Courses & Lessons

Services

The elders I learned these rich folkways from were generous above all, and I want to be generous, too. I LIVE to help you be more creative, dance and sing more, and feel more joy and connection. Let me help you FIND YOUR YEE-HAW!

With beauty, dignity, and lots of fun!

Uplifting Appalachia

• Enjoy 5 free original songs, banjo tunes, and mountain ballads from the hills of East Kentucky

• Learn the basics of mountain percussive dance in my free instructional video “3 Essential Steps for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging”

• Snag our video guide to making your own herbal tinctures

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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.

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