Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

Flatfoot Flatbush

Dancers, fiddlers and pickers will parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old-time tunes while flat footing, a form of percussive dancing from Appalachia. Participants will learn the fundamental steps of this rhythmic dance form and have a chance to practice with the Flatfoot Flatbush String Band! Led by members of the City Stompers and the organizers of the annual Make Music New York Porch Stomp festival, the fourth annual Flatfoot Flatbush traverses Prospect Heights, Brooklyn along vibrant Flatbush Avenue, with dozens of stops along the way to play, dance and sing. The fun continues at an after-party at featuring music and dance sets by the Wild Goats and the Flatfoot Flatbush Band.

This program is produced by Nick Horner and Theo Boguszewski in association with the North Flatbush Business Improvement District and with Special Guests fromBrooklyn Conservatory of Music. The program is made possible with support from M&T Bank, ConEdison and New York Road Runners.

Participants should meet at 4:30 PM at 354 Faltbush Avenue (the former M&T Bank site) to warm up and learn the basics of flatfooting. The parade sets off at 5:15 PM from M&T Bank at 184 Sterling Street and will make its way along Flatbush Avenue. The After Party and North Flatbush Holiday Celebration takes place from 7:00-9:00 PM at 354 Flatbush Avenue.

Guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo players and other stringed instrumentalists are welcomed and encouraged to join the Flatfoot Flatbush String Band! by emailing Nick Horner no later than December 18 to obtain music scores and detailed instructions. Dancers and boosters are welcome to simply stroll on up on December 21st!


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Megan Downes grew up dancing in New York City’s traditional Irish music community before moving south to work with one of the best bluegrass bands in the country as a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, directed by Eileen Carson and Mark Schatz, with Jon Glik, Danny Knicely, Matt Olwell and Kristin Andreassen. Megan is now the Artistic Director of City Stompers, calling squares and teaching old-time flatfooting. You may have danced with her over the years at the Augusta Heritage Center, Watermelon Park or Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Come party with the City Stompers on the last Wednesday of every month at The Green Room or take a weekly class!

Nick Horner is a vocalist, instrumentalist and producer/curator hailing from the mountains of central Pennsylvania. Best known for his work with brothers’ harmony duo Nick and Luke, Nick has dedicated his time in New York toward the advancement of the city’s thriving folk scene through regularly community programming and sight specific events through his organization, Porch Stomp, using space such as Governors Island, Flatbush Avenue and his home base, the Haylaught in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.  As a performer and composer, Horner has played diverse venues ranging from The Bowery Ballroom, Highline Ballroom, and Webster Hall to Shapeshifter Lab, Jalopy Theater, LaMama Experimental Theatre Club with various rock, folk, jazz and theatre ensembles, and tours both nationally and internationally.



The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)3 organization. The BID was established in 1986 to increase economic development opportunities and enhance the quality of life for its merchants, residents and property owners along Flatbush Avenue, from Atlantic Avenue to Plaza Street. We provide a clean, safe and retail-diverse environment that is a great destination for entertainment, shopping, working and dining, and support this with community programming, special events and supplemental sanitation services and business support.


M&T Bank is proud to sponsor this year’s Flatfoot Flatbush. M&T Bank knows how important it is to support those organizations that make our communities better places to live and work. That’s why they offer both their time and resources and encourage others to do the same. They believe that when our community succeeds, we all succeed.


ConEd is proud to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations across New York City and Westchester. Our partnerships strengthen the neighborhoods we serve by offering cash grants, employee volunteers, and more.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative