Like its cousin, clogging, Appalachian flatfoot dancing is a percussive dance style that evolved in the mountains as musical and dance traditions from Europe and Africa blended to create new forms. The style is highly individual and varies between regions and dancers, and is frequently a solo style of social dancing perfect for square dances, jam sessions, and those occasions where a fiddle tune is so good that it moves the spirit to dance! In this class, students will: -learn a variety of basic flatfooting (and a few) steps that will allow them to dance along to fiddle tunes and old-time string band music. -explore some of the nuances that define the style -come away with a series of moves to practice and play with -begin to develop a basic tool kit of flatfoot dance moves and rhythms.
This class will cover content to bring new dancers up to speed on some of the basic steps, and will add a few extra tricks for those who have some experience. This class will also be a good pace for those who may have danced in other styles before but want to get some exposure to the form.
Smooth-soled shoes, character shoes, and plain taps are all suitable. For this style we don't recommend jingle taps (white shoe clogs). Cost will be $120 in advance, or $20 per class pay-as-you-go. Email me directly to register at firstname.lastname@example.org