Charmaine Slaven

flatfooting

 

INSTRUCTIONAL DVD NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!


















“Charmaine Slaven is rapidly gaining renown as an invigorating presence in the West Coast old-time music & dance scene. Here, she shares her personal flatfoot style, drawing on Appalachian percussive dance combined with her own singular creativity and musicianship. Throughout this cozy instructional DVD, Charmaine leads us, woodstove-side, through the basic rudiments of freestyle old-time solo dance. Along the way, she shares helpful tips and insight, making this project an invaluable tool for anyone seeking a glimpse inside the structures and style of American mountain dance.”

- Nic Gareiss, percussive dancer and ethnochoreologist



My first instrument was my feet.


I got my start with flatfooting when my good friend, Sara Cory, suggested that I give it a try.  Sara was teaching a workshop at the 2005 Portland Old Time Music Gathering, and invited me to come with her and check out the festival and her workshop.


Much to my delight, agreeing to go on this adventure proved to not only introduce me to flatfooting, but to a whole culture of music and dance that is now my passion, and my beloved community.


I love sharing my interest in flatfoot dancing with others.  In addition to offering workshops and lessons, I have just completed my first instructional DVD,

“Foot Notes: Flatfooting with Charmaine Slaven, Music by Charlie Beck” now available for purchase!




FLATFOOTING RESOURCES:


DOCUMENTARIES:

Talking Feet: Solo Southern Dance: Buck, Flatfoot and Tap

Jesco White Dancin’ Outlaw

Flatfooting Video Database


INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:

Foot Notes: Flatfooting with Charmaine Slaven, Music by Charlie Beck (details above)

Flatfooting Workshop with Ira Bernstein

Flatfooting with Charlie Burton

Buckdancing for Beginners, Evie Ladin


DANCERS:

Ruth Alpert

Ira Bernstein

Sara Cory

Nic Gareiss

Alicia Guinn

Evie Ladin

Sandy Silva

Rebecca Stout

Upcoming Flatfooting Events:


Email me for PRIVATE LESSONS!