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Linda Block teaches all levels of Appalachian Clogging/Flat Foot classes for adults, seniors, and elementary/middle-school students in group lessons, privately, and through AirBnB Experiences. She has worked as an instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), the Handmade Music School (Floyd, VA), and has performed with numerous Appalachian Clogging teams and occasionally as a busker on the streets of Asheville, NC. Linda currently dances with the infamous Green Grass Cloggers (since 2009) which takes her to festivals throughout western North Carolina and east Tennessee to perform and teach. Over the years, she has placed 1st or 2nd in several solo clogging competitions. Linda also created clogging choreography for western North Carolina author Kiesa Kay’s original play, Love Makes a Home (2018). In August 2020, Linda was accepted into the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's Traditional Artist Directory.

As a career Environmental Educator, Linda prides herself in her interactive and varied teaching style and receives high praise from her students. She passes her life-long passion for dance to those with whom she has the privilege to interact.

Linda’s early clogging teachers were Bob Dalsemer, who went on to direct the dance programs at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Tom Hines from Virginia, and Eileen Carson (previous Green Grass Clogger). She quickly joined Crabtown Cloggers (~1984-1986), then Cub Hill Cloggers (1985-1995), and The Stump Jumpers (~1994). The Cub Hill Cloggers, which started in 1975, was one of the very early off-shoot groups of the Green Grass Cloggers and used many of the steps and types of choreography developed by (and sometimes named after) the members of that original team. Most of her growth as a dancer came through the folk process of watching, imitating and questioning older dancers at rehearsals, dances, and the many festivals she attended.

Linda’s dance and music habit started over 38 years ago with Israeli, Contra, and Square dance. Her repertoire soon grew to include the varied rhythms of International Folk Dance, Clogging, Scandinavian Dance, Swing/Lindy Hop, Zydeco, Cajun, Country, and Salsa. In addition to clogging, she has performed with the Keren Ohr Israeli Dance Troup, Penn State International Dance Troupe, Undecided String Band, Jazz Action Figures (Lindy), and on the streets as a busker. She placed 3rd in zydeco dance at the SW Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival.

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