NEIGHBORS: He'll gladly be caught flat footed
January 15, 2012, 3:31pm
The High Country is well known for its original music. But there's also plenty of dance. Our State magazine recently profiled one practitioner of a mountain style. Robert Dotson lives in Sugar Grove, about 20 minutes outside Boone. He's an avowed flatfooter. The 88-year-old loves the dance so much, he makes sure he's always prepared to kick down his heels.
Robert Dotson carries a dance floor with him wherever he goes. It’s a small one, but it allows Dotson to view the entire world as a stage. Dotson, a premier practitioner of Appalachian flatfoot dancing, has shared his talents up and down the East Coast — in New York City, where students told him he talked too slow, and in Mississippi, where they thought he talked a little too fast — but he always returns to the mountain community where he grew up. Here, his neighbors agree that his speech, and his feet, communicate at just the right speed.