What we lacked in form we made up for in enthusiasm.
I’d bought the Rebecca Stout Buck Dance lessons for myself at Christmas, but I’d still not carved out the time to watch the CD. But I am quite serious about finally properly learning this native dance of my beloved Southwest Virginia mountains, which we always called Flatfoot*. So when we found ourselves in the mountains, a long, gorgeous summer afternoon stretching before us, I thought these fun gals might be game. And were they! We moved the furniture right on out of the way, and we took to that wood floor like nobody’s business.
Lordy it was fun. And by the end of the afternoon? Why, we girls could Flatfoot a respectable step or two!
(If you’re not familiar with Flatfoot or Buck Dance, click here to see Rebecca Stout give a very fine demonstration. Your heart will be so happy you did.)
*I am sure my Wise County friends can speak to the difference between Buck Dance and Flatfooting. I’d love to know if you’d care to send me an email (email@example.com. Or comment below!
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I have heard tell another Wise Woman named Suzann is good at this!
That looks a lot like clogging ~ maybe it’s the same thing. I’m not coordinated enough to do it ~ two left feet and no rhythm… and now, too old! Knowing that, I actually tried once ~ even took lessons! It looks like so much fun !! (FAIL)
It is similar to clogging, Joan. I am no expert (!) but I believe the big difference is that clogging is considered a group dance while flatfoot and buck dancing is largely individual, typically with your feet staying in closer contact with the ground. (Expert commentary invited and encouraged!)
Yeah we could! Soldier march on sistah!
What a relief it was to always start with the Soldier March!