~~Joanie started life in Oklahoma, singing, dancing, and playing mostly for her own enjoyment. One day, along came Steve and danced her to Arkansas, where she found Mim, Julie Minkel and Marya McKee. These four women discovered they loved to sing together and formed Sugar on the Floor, a traditional group now known for their vocal harmonies and high energy percussive ballad
accompaniment. Then, lo and behold, from this fertile ground grew yet another tree, Ozark Footsong. To both groups, Joanie contributes her strong clear voice, her guitar, and rhythms by way of washboard, foot and body percussion to create a unique and powerful ballad style. When not on the road, Joanie performs and teaches from her home on the mountain, surrounded by her family and friends. Life doesn't get much better than that.
She is a regular teacher at the Ozark Folk Center, a cultural center for the traditional arts. She teaches harmony ballad singing, old time couple dancing, including waltz, two-step, polka, schottische, and hambo.
Steve Green grew up on a hill country farm in the Arkansas Ozarks, a region well known for traditional music and dance.The family bought "cheap land" in the Ozarks in the 1950's, and moved to the larger hilltop farm soon after. With an emigrant German grandfather, he has earliest memories of a Missouri community where old time American square dances shared the floor with Polkas and Schottisches.These “ethnic” dances were driven by the same high energy fiddle music, and occasional accordion, as the local jigging and flatfooting.
He calls monthly square dances around the local area, and at festivals, as well as teaching square dance calling workshops. Steve's philosophy of dance calling is to "bring the fun" to whatever event, whether for beginners or experienced dancers.
He has performed by invitation at festivals in Ireland and England, and danced professionally with Dance Theatre International of Arkansas. In 2015 he won the National Old Time Buck Dance competition at Uncle Dave Macon Days, the 2014 Clifftop Flatfoot Dance contest in his age group, and the Augusta Heritage 2014 overall flatfoot championship.
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