Local couple to teach jig dancing workshop June 3
Ozark County’s Andy and Jane Elder will be teaching a traditional jig dancing workshop at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 3 in the exhibit hall of the West Plains Civic Center. The class will be for middle school students, and is part of the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival at West Plains. Willi Carlisle will also be helping with the class.
Experienced string band musicians from south-central and southwest Missouri who are thoroughly familiar with regional square dance traditions, led by fiddlers David Scrivner and Ashley Hull Forrest, banjo player Nathan McAlister and guitar player Joel Hinds, provide live musical accompaniment for the dancing.
Traditional jig dancing will again be featured at this year’s Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains. The Bob Holt Old Time Jig Dancing Competition will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Civic Center Theater.
The Elders have been a mainstay at Hootin an Hollarin and have practiced and taught jig dancing for years all over the Ozarks.