Kids can learn Appalachian Dance, its melodic and mesmerizing flow, at Folkmoot in January!
Folkmoot is offering Appalachian Dance Class 101 beginning January 5 for kids in the 6th grade or younger at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.
Classes feature flat-foot dancing, buck dancing, clogging and square dance styles unique to the Haywood County mountains.
Kim Ross of the J. Creek Cloggers is the instructor and classes will be structured for children. The classes will be held Jan. 5, Jan. 12th, Jan 19th and Jan. 26nd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants should register by telephone: 828-452-2997. The cost is $40 for all four classes.
Kim Campbell Ross-Woody was born and raised in Scott County Virginia in the tiny community of Snowflake, a few miles from the home of A.P. and Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family. Kim grew up in a family of dancers and learned at a young age traditional flat-foot dancing. The famous Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia was – and still is – Kim’s favorite “hoedown place” to perfect her various steps in buck, flatfoot, clogging, and free-style while meeting up with her dancing friends in her hometown.
She moved to Haywood County North Carolina in 1992, where she met and married her husband and raised two boys, Zeb and Levi Ross, who today, make up The Ross Brothers & Terry Woody Bluegrass/Old Time Band. Kim’s boys inherited her love for dance and music and when Kim formed her own clogging team, the J. Creek Cloggers, her boys naturally became a part of the group.
The J. Creek Cloggers are busy fufilling their obligations at various events during the year, as well as being the regular attraction from May to October at the well-known Stompin’ Grounds in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. J. Creek Cloggers have performed in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and are honored to adhere to the ‘old style’ square dancing, keeping it alive for the next generation.
The January classes will be held in the multipurpose room of The Folkmoot Friendship Center. No taps will be needed, slick soft soled shoes are preferred.
Folkmoot thanks the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for supporting Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives.
The J. Creek Cloggers: