Aubrey Atwater

Clawhammer Banjo, Irish Tin Whistle, Singing, Dance, Banjo

About

From Warren, Rhode Island, award-winning musician, vocalist, writer, public radio commentator, and dancer, Aubrey Atwater presents captivating programs of folk music, dance, and spoken word. Aubrey is in great demand for performances and classes and has performed throughout the United States as well as England, Ireland, and Canada. She sings and plays the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, mandolin, and Irish tin whistle, and thrills audiences with her highly percussive clogging. In a scholarly, yet humorous way, Aubrey conveys the heritage behind traditional folk music and dance, showing a deep passion and understanding of folk history and its key players. Part of the acclaimed duo Atwater-Donnelly, Aubrey and her husband Elwood Donnelly perform with up to eight other band members and have thirteen recordings and six books to their credit. To learn more about Aubrey and her collaborators and projects, visit www.atwater-donnelly.com.

I have been teaching for over 40 years and teach with a collaborative approach, humor, and much encouragement to make it a fun and satisfying experience for all.


Reviews from Group Classes


Ashley on June 21, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

I had such a great time. Aubrey really takes into consideration what will help her students meet their goals.



Gail P. on May 30, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

The first class was great... Such an awesome and fun instructor! My only problem was COVID recovery. I was too tired and out of shape to make it happen. Only myself to blame. When I signed up I didn't have COVID... it overwhelmed me two weeks before class. I will hope to watch the videos and possibly take the class.



Becky . on May 18, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Excellent



Cricket on April 18, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

Fun! Good pace for review for me, and newbies gained a lot, too. Aubrey is very clear and encouraging in her dancing. She does enough repetition for me to catch on in my body, and moves on to something new to make it fresh, too. She encourages questions and is making zoom almost as good as in-person class. She's having fun, and it's contagious!



Verified Student on April 18, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

Enjoyed it! Audrey is such a fun teacher.



Jean on March 23, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Great



Annie on March 23, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Excellent. Aubrey is a wonderful, giving instructor and is very entertaining. Flatfoot Clogging is so much fun and I look forward to taking more classes and practicing my skills in the future.



Ashley L. on March 23, 2023
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

I had so much fun and learned so much. It's clear Aubrey respects where the dance style came from and respects everyone in the class. If Aubrey teaches another online clogging class at the next level up, I would definitely take it again!



Paulette on August 2, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Wonderful class taught at just the right pace. I loved the music she played, and the easy encouraging way she teaches.



Verified Student on June 17, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

Great fun. Something I always wanted to try.



Lori A. on June 16, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

Aubrey is a wonderful teacher. This is a good class to learn the basic steps or to reinforce the basics.



LOB on June 16, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

Delightful



Verified Student on June 16, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps



Terry L. on April 1, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

Great! Aubrey was able to position her camera so we could see her feet well.



Margaret H. on April 1, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps

The instruction was great! The steps were presented clearly and there was a lot of repetition which is a plus when learning the steps and a routine. Having the video recordings to reference is so helpful. I am a dance novice, and some of this was challenging but I was smiling at the end of each class. Aubrey was not only a good dance instructor, but she was engaging, patient, answered any questions, and provided good historical context about flatfoot clogging. I would take this class again in order to improve my skills.



Verified Student on April 1, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging: Next Steps



Rebecca P. on February 6, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

The class was GREAT! Aubrey is a wealth of knowledge and fun to just listen to her history on dance. Her music ability is amazing and so helpful with dance. I am really looking forward to continuing with Flatfooting and going out and dancing.



Verified Student on February 6, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

Fantastic! The class was a ton of fun, plenty to learn and build on, and our instructor Aubrey was so engaging and personable!


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Melissa C. on February 6, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

I loved it! I made a lot of progress in my dance. Aubrey was wonderful. I wish It would have been possible for Aubrey to watch us individually to give pointers and corrections in regards to our own steps but I realize that would be impossible with 19 people on zoom. I am looking forward to continuing my practice and getting better.



Verified Student on February 4, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging



Ann D. on February 3, 2022
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging

It was fantastic! Aubrey is a great teacher. She gave us history of the craft we were learning. She told us about her teachers. She demonstrated. We practiced. She demonstrated. We practiced. She invited questions. Aubrey made the class accessible for absolute beginners (me) and also taught more advanced steps for more advanced dancers--and never made me feel, as a beginner, that I wasn't doing enough or learning fast enough. She told us it took her years of practice to learn the steps. She told us how to practice (do it over and over again; break it down; start slow). She also clearly loves music and dancing and that enthusiasm also made the class a great experience. I wasn't sure how an online dance class would be but I knew I wasn't going to show up in person to a dance class right not because of covid. It turned out far better than I even imagined. I've signed up for the March 2022 class Aubrey is teaching and have convinced a friend to join the class and have invited a second friend who might also join the class. I loved the class and love Aubrey as a teacher.



Sue M. on April 4, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

It exceeded my expectations! By having classes once a week, I could practice in between, and progress at my own pace. I could also go at my own pace, as it would be difficult to do 8 hours of dancing in one day!


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Mary A. on March 30, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Excellent


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Verified Student on March 30, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

OK Recommend less talk, more movement


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Janine C. on March 30, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Good. Specially appreciated availability of class videos for review after live sessions



linda G. on March 29, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

excellent



Carrie G. on March 29, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Incredible. I learned so much. Aubrey Atwater is a fine teacher. She wove the elements of the class together so that I came out able to dance. It’s a big deal. She is amazing.



Nancy W. on March 29, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

I had taken Aubrey's weekend class at the Folk school before. It was a review for me and it was great.



Verified Student on March 29, 2021
Class: Freestyle Flatfoot Clogging from Scratch

Terrific! Aubrey Atwater has a very effective teaching style. Her grasp of the mechanics is very thorough and she communicates very clearly.

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