Class Overview

Learn the art of creating rhythms with your feet in Appalachian flatfooting! This dance originates as a way to accompany old time fiddle music from the cultural region of the Appalachian mountains in the eastern United States.

Appalachian Flatfooting - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Photo from Charmaine Slaven and Squirrel Butter

In this workshop, we will start by learning the basic rhythm steps, and learn accent steps as we go.

Flatfooting is an excellent way to improve your rhythm, which is especially useful for dancers and musicians. Learn to let your entire body "hear" the music. Develop the ability to dance and move with good musicianship.

Appalachian flatfooting is also an excellent workout. You'll be so entrenched in the music, you won't even realize you're working up a sweat! It's good for strengthening, circulation, reflexes and balance.

This class is physical, so be cautious if you’re prone to any joint concerns. Wear comfortable workout clothing and low-heeled leather-soled shoes appropriate for dancing and have a full water bottle close by. Ideally you will have a smooth wood dance surface at least 3x3 feet. It can be a wood floor or a piece of wood.

This class is suitable for all levels. We'll start with the basics and build up, learning more advanced steps towards the latter half of class. 

Enjoy learning from a talented local professional musician and dancer. Get ready for a fun and rewarding whole body musical experience!

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to keep a steady percussive rhythm with your feet
  • Accompany a moderate-tempo tune flatfooting
  • Develop the ability to add ornaments to the basic rhythm


Videos of Charmaine Dancing

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who is interested in traditional step dance
  • People looking for a great solo dance workout at home
  • Anyone who wants to do weight-bearing exercise
  • Musicians, dancers or anyone wanting to improve their rhythm
  • Anyone who wants to have fun!


Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Charmaine Slaven
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $59