Join us at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm for an evening of square dance featuring dancer and caller Becky Hill with music from Nobody's Business featuring Jackson Cunningham, Trevor McKenzie and more! Tickets are $12.50 advance, $15 day of show, available for sale online and in the store.
Becky Hill is a percussive dancer, square dance caller, choreographer, community organizer, and educator. She grew up in Michigan, spent extensive time in West Virginia and now resides in Brentwood, Maryland. Becky has worked with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Good Foot Dance Company and Rhythm in Shoes, and has studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries.
In 2013, she was involved in Wheatland Music Organization’s Carry It On... Project where she was commissioned to choreograph two works under the mentorship of Sharon Leahy in honor of the festival’s 40th anniversary. In 2014 and 2106, she was awarded a West Virginia Division of Culture and History Professional Development Grant to further her study of percussive dance. Becky served as the Artist in Residence at Davis & Elkins College from 2013 - 2015 where she coordinated The Mountain Dance Trail of Augusta Heritage Center and co-directed the Appalachian Ensemble. She became the Events Coordinator for Augusta Heritage Center from 2015 - 2019 organizing their summer intensives. Together with noted folklorist Gerry Milnes, she produced a documentary film on West Virginia dance traditions, Reel ‘Em Boys, Reel ‘Em. Becky has organized Helvetia Hoot, formally known as Dare to be Square West Virginia since 2013.
Becky directed her first evening length music and dance work inspired by Appalachia, Shift, with an all-star cast Nashville. Shift debuted November 2017 and it expanded for the 2018 Wheatland Music Festival. In 2018 she was selected a fellow for OneBeat, a U.S. State Department Cultural Diplomacy Program and conducted an artist residency at Basin Arts. She is currently involved in Dance Exchange's Dance On Creative Aging Training Cohort, and is a 2021 Strathmore Artist in Residence. She can be found performing with T-Mart Rounders and working on her M.F.A in dance at University of Maryland, College Park with an anticipated graduation in 2022.
As an avid organizer and teacher, Becky's work is deeply rooted in the connections between music and community. She believes there is always more to learn and is dedicated to creating innovative choreography rooted in Appalachian music and dance.
Nobody’s Business is a band from Southwest Virginia/Northwest North Carolina and surrounding areas that plays traditional first generation bluegrass, old time and classic era country.