Saturday, June 3
Boxcar Stage, 7:00pm
Becky Hill is a percussive dancer an square dance caller. She apprenticed with both Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and Rhythm in Shoes and has studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries such as Eileen Carson, Sharon Leahy, Sandy Silva, and Ira Bernstein. She’s won flatfoot competitions at several old-time music festivals, including the Appalachian String Band Festival, and teaches at traditional music camps and festivals throughout Appalachia and the Midwest. Together with noted folklorist, Gerry Milnes, she produced an Augusta Recording documentary on West Virginia dance traditions entitled Reel ‘Em Boys, Reel ‘Em. In 2013, she was involved in Wheatland Music Organization’s Carry It On… Project where she was commissioned to choreograph two dance pieces under the mentorship of Sharon Leahy and in honor of the festival’s 40th anniversary. In 2014 & 2016 she was awarded a West Virginia Division of Culture and History Professional Development Grant to further her study of percussive dance. Becky is the Coordinator of The Mountain Dance Trail for Augusta Heritage Center and has organized Dare to be Square West Virginia. She is often seen performing with Good Foot Dance Company along with Matthew Olwell and Emily Oleson. She believes there is always more to learn and is dedicated to creating innovative choreography rooted in tradition. She hopes her work will bring people together and honor those that have inspired her.