Lou Maiuri is a nationally acclaimed flatfoot dancer and square dance caller from Summersville, Nicholas County. The son of Italian immigrants, Lou was born in 1928 in Fayette County and grew up in the upper Kanawha Valley. Visits to Pocahontas County exposed him to traditional mountain dance at an early age. Lou is an impassioned advocate as well as a skilled teacher. He travels throughout the state and across the country, performing and presenting dance workshops and sharing his infectious enthusiasm for Appalachian dance. He is pictured here at a dance workshop in Oklahoma in 1998.
Photograph by Michael Keller.