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Dance the Tune: A Flatfooting Workshop with Becky Hill
July 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Handmade Music School presents Dance the Tune: A Flatfooting Workshop with Becky Hill at the Floyd Country Store on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 6:00-7:30pm. Cost is $30.
Dance the Tune: A Flatfooting Workshop will be a deep dive into Appalachian percussive dance forms such as flatfooting, clogging and buck dance. We will focus on musicality, syncopation, and improvisation; explore what it means to dance the tune, and dig into how to support a singer using footwork akin to a drum set. It is my hope that everyone will walk away with new tools and footwork vocabulary to use on the dance floor. This class will be accommodating for all levels, come as you are. Leather bottom shoes suggested.
Becky Hill is an accomplished and sought after percussive dancer, Appalachian square dance caller, and choreographer. Becky has worked with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Rhythm in Shoes, Good Foot Dance Company and studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries. She performs regularly with the T-Mart Rounders, directed her first full-length music and dance work inspired by Appalachian traditions, Shift in 2017 and in Fall 2018 she was selected as a fellow for OneBeat, a U.S. State Department Cultural Diplomacy Program. She just earned her MFA in Dance at University of Maryland College Park. As an avid organizer and teacher, Becky’s work is deeply rooted in the connections between music and community. She believes there is always more to learn and is dedicated to creating innovative choreography rooted in percussive and vernacular dance. Learn more at www.rebeccahill.org.