Introduction to Flatfooting
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 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.
No prior experience necessary. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Students should wear smooth-soled shoes that make a sound on the floor. Options include boots, tap shoes without the taps installed, character shoes, leather-bottom wingtips, or any other shoe that is comfortable and resonant, and allows for sliding. (Taps are not recommended at this level, although they are sometimes worn for performance)