Last night I drove the children to Cottonwood to see the amazing April Verch and her talented accompanists. The audience was a fairly small, intimate crowd of people loosely associated with the area’s old time fiddlers’ community. April’s style of dancing is known as “Ottawa Valley dancing”, from the Canadian region of the same name – a blend of Irish, Scottish, French, German, and Polish influences. When I told her that I have an eight-year old daughter whom I think would benefit from channeling her natural bounciness into learning to dance like this, April replied that she hopes to come out with an instructional DVD in the near future.
She is not only an amazing dancer but an incredible fiddler, a talented songwriter, and a delightful folk singer. Here’s a sample of the entertainment we enjoyed last night: