BECKY is a percussive dancer, square dance caller, choreographer, 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, 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. 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 and is currently a Programming Manager for the National Council for the Traditional Arts.
Becky directed her first evening length music and dance work inspired by Appalachia, Shift, with an all-star cast Nashville. Shift in 2017. She was selected as a 2018 OneBeat fellow, Cultural Diplomacy Program through the U.S. State Department. She completed her M.F.A in dance at University of Maryland, College Park in May 2022 and performed her thesis, Lost Patterns, on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in November 2022. Becky was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore in 2021, John C.Campbell Folk School in 2022, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences and Loghaven in 2023. She is involved with Dance Exchange’s Dance On Creative Aging Program, and can be found performing with T-Mart Rounders, calling square dances, and teaching dance throughout the country.