Katy German (Asheville, NC) grew up singing and dancing in the wonderful folk arts community of Berea, Kentucky. A member of the Ritchie Family of Eastern Kentucky, she grew up singing traditional Appalachian songs with her mother and extended family. She learned to dance American, English, and Danish styles from her parents, local dance leaders, and at Berea College's Christmas Country Dance School. She was a member of the traditional dance performance group The Berea Festival Dancers for 7 years and of local ritual dance teams Spinning Toe and Hot To Molly. Over the past 18 years, she's taught traditional American and English dancing to children at Buffalo Gap, Pinewoods Family and Campers' Weeks, Cumberland Family Dance Week, Lady of the Lake Family Week, and Christmas Country Dance School. She served on the CDSS Board of Directors from 2001-2006, where she was a member of the Lifetime Contribution Award Committee. When she and her husband became parents, she shifted her focus to local inter-generational dances and working with beginner dancers in Chapel Hill, NC. She continues her 30+ year involvement with Berea College's Christmas Country Dance School, as the assistant program director, coordinating the local youth day camp.
As the Agency Relations Manager at MANNA FoodBank, Katy works with over 240 other nonprofit and faith-based organizations across WNC. A self-proclaimed nonprofit nerd, Katy has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and is excited to combine that passion with her life-long love of song and dance as a she serves on the CDSS Board of Directors.