• You love good singing, songwriting, harmony, Appalachian Music, Clogging & Flatfooting, or some combination of them all!
• You love community and music, and the way they bring people together in a joyful way.
• You need more fun in your life, whether through listening to music, podcasts, or live shows, learning a few new dance steps, tunes, or ballads---- or all of the above! 

Or scroll on for a more candid look at my background and values...

You’re in the right place if…

Do you feel like the world would be a better place if we could all just slow down, pick and sing more, dance more, help our neighbors, and eat really good cornbread along the way?

I know I do, and I’m excited to help bring more yee-haw to your life through all those things! 

Calling all lovers of Appalachian music, dance, and culture!


Hey! I'm Carla

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I believe that during our time here on earth, we should have a little fun! I believe that expressing ourselves through music and dance makes the hard times bearable and the good times even better! (And we are DEFINITELY gonna have a good time together!)


I love passing on the abiding traditions of the place I was born while acknowledging ALL of the peoples who helped form the traditions. I celebrate the changing face of Appalachia, and it’s important to me to help create a community that acknowledges our evolving diversity and historical complexity.


A spirit of generosity is baked into Appalachian Culture, and I believe in sharing with my students and fans the beautiful heritage and community spirit that were gifted to me by my elders. 


What I Believe

When I’m not singing and dancing? 

I love to share what I know, in as many ways as I can think of.

I grew up in the tiny coal town of Whitesburg, Kentucky, and my family has lived in East Kentucky for 8 generations. Like most mountain kids, I struggled to reconcile all the stereotypical things I learned about “hillbillies” from TV, movies, and my cousins who had moved up north with what I knew of the wise, strong, and incredibly skilled elders in my life.

When I moved to Central Kentucky as a teenager, I got a lot of grief about my accent, my country ways, and the old-timey songs I liked to sing.

After realizing the futility of trying to hide who I was, I decided to embrace it, and since then, all the beautiful music, dance, and culture (not to mention cornbread recipes) I learned from my family and community have become what I’m known for! And I’m helping to craft a narrative about my home that DOESN’T come from mass media and outside stereotypes, which means a lot to me. 

It wasn’t always comfortable to grow up Appalachian 

Howdy! I’m Carla!

Dance Offerings

• Enjoy original songs, banjo tunes, and mountain ballad downloads 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 along with homey recipes from our family!

• Stay in touch about all things Appalachia with my fun weekly email, like a front-porch visit in your inbox!

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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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    A hearty helping of Appalachian goodness with lots of tools to help you stay happy and sane, including Kentucky songs and tunes, a Flatfooting & Clogging Video Class, our guide to making your own herbal tinctures, a creativity handbook, mountain recipes, and more!

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