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Kentucky Tour de Dance

Meet some of Kentucky's finest traditional musicians, soak up the culture, and learn to  flatfoot and clog like you were born in a holler in this unique virtual dance-class-meets-road-trip!

 

Have you ever wished you could learn Appalachian music and dancing right from the source?

Give yourself this fun and value-packed class where you'll learn more about improv and get a taste of traveling the hills and byways of Kentucky, completely at your own pace.

In addition to learning steps and becoming a smooth and confident dancer, you'll feel as if we're on a road trip together, hanging out on porches, chatting about tunes, jamming with the musicians, and hearing them tell about where they learned the music and how they got their start.
Then, you'll dive into the teaching videos where I break it down and show my process for coming up with steps and ideas for improvising with each tune!

In this program,

you will…

 

  • Virtually travel along to a different Kentucky locale each session.

    We'll visit Bath, Estill, Letcher, Knott, and other counties, and hear lots of fiddle and banjo tunes!
  • Listen to interviews with the musicians, telling about their background in the music, and how they learned the tunes they're going to share.

    Stories make life more interesting, and one of the beautiful things about learning Appalachian culture from actual mountain folks is the context they provide for the material!
  • Watch a video of Carla dancing along to the tune, improvising on the fly!

    This will just be me, doing whatever steps come to mind with a tune I may or may not know, so you can see one version of improvising from scratch!
  • Receive a video dance lesson to go with each tune, showing ideas, steps, and tips to improvise with that specific tune.

    This is when I'll get more specific about what steps will work best with the tune, address any idiosyncrasies in the music, and share my best tricks for improv.
  • And more!

    Spend some special time with some of Kentucky's amazing tradition-bearers, and get inspired for your dancing and your picking, too!

Dancer and musician Carla Gover brings 30 years of teaching, dancing AND musical experience to the class, and her clear and patient teaching style will help you master the steps and the ways they work together as an integral part of the old-time string band.

 
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Bruce B.

"Carla has a great teaching style! She makes steps easy to understand! She shares so much about her background, her influences, etc, that it made me more connected to this class than if it had been purely the steps.

You get more than your money's worth, because she doesn't just offer instruction. She enables us to be part of a community."

 

Enroll in The Kentucky Tour de Dance Today

The Complete Package

$127 USD

  • Six video sessions with travel footage and interviews with the musicians.

  • Six videos of the musicians playing the tune.

  • Six videos of me improvising with the musicians.

  • Six video lessons to accompany the tunes, digging into specifics about improvising to each individual piece.

    The first five modules will be available to you in the digital course platform for you immediately, to complete at your own pace, and reference as needed in the future! You'll receive the final module on June 1st, complete with an old-time dance-along section so you can put it all together!

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Still thinking about it? The Kentucky Tour de Dance PERFECT for… 

  • The person who would LOVE to travel through Kentucky living it up and meeting musicians, but can't swing it right now.
  • The person who has learned some steps here and there, but needs help putting it all together.
  • The person who has studied with me before and wants to continue the journey with a different twist.
  • The person who wants to work up to jamming more where live music is being played!!
  • The person who can't get enough of All Things Appalachian and maybe even wants to learn a tune or two along with the dancing!
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