Appalachian dance classes for teens!

Our dance classes for young children were so successful Folkmoot will offer, beginning February 16, Appalachian dance classes for teens!

(And adults will be welcome, too!)

Appalachian Dance Class 101 will feature instruction in flat-foot dancing, buck dancing, clogging and square dance styles unique to the Haywood County mountains.  Winter term classes will be focused on teenagers in the 7th through 12th grade and held Tuesdays in February – 16th & 23rd – and in March – 1st & 8th. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. Participants should register by telephone: 828-452-2997.

The classes will be held in the multipurpose room of The Folkmoot Friendship Center and will cost $40 for all four sessions.  No taps will be needed, slick soft soled shoes are preferred.

Kim Ross, Appalachian Dance Classes at Folkmoot
Kim Ross

As she was for our children’s sessions, Kim Ross of the J. Creek Cloggers is the instructor for these classes.  Kim 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 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 fulfilling 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.  They were recently honored with the 2015 Bill Nichols Heritage Traditional Dance Award.

Folkmoot thanks the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for supporting Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives.

The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Again, call (828) 452-2997 to register or request more information by clicking here

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