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Aaron Ratcliffe hails from Big Stomp Mountain in Haywood County, NC where his family has lived for 7 generations. He began as dancing as a youth at events such as the Waynesville Street Dances, Asheville's Shindig on the Green and The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Since 2005 he has called old-time square dances for public and private events across the Southeast including the International Bluegrass Music Association Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC and The Appalachian State Fiddlers Convention in Boone, NC. He has been an organizer for NC Squares, a monthly traditional old time square dance in Chapel Hill/Durham, NC since 2007.

He danced with the Cane Creek Cloggers of Chapel Hill, NC from 2003 – 2011, performing and teaching dance workshops across the Southeast including a 2006 showcase with the NC Symphony. As a solo dancer, he has performed at the NC Museum of Art in 2010, taught classes at Ninth Street Dance in Durham, NC and won prizes for flatfoot dancing at fiddlers’ conventions in NC, TN, and VA.


When he is not calling he enjoys busting down on hot dance tunes on fiddle, banjo, guitar or mandolin with many groups across NC and VA. Most recently, you can regularly find him playing banjo with The Little Stony Nighthawks.

He is now on faculty at Appalachian State University and lives in Boone, NC.

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