Fontana to host clogging weekend
The eighth-annual Fontana Clogging weekend will be held at The Fontana Village Resort Sept. 24-26.
Dancers from more than 20 states (as far away as California), Canada and Germany will be on hand for a weekend of clog dancing workshops, evening dances and live bluegrass music.
On Friday afternoon instructors will conduct easy-level workshops. On Friday evening there will be a dance followed by a live music social at the lodge. At 7 p.m. on Saturday there will be a bluegrass concert featuring the Grass Stains Bluegrass Band of West Virginia and Drew and Lacey Williams of Nashville. At 8 p.m. there will be an exhibition show featuring clogging teams from all over the United States. The evening continues with a fun dance featuring open clogging and old-time square dancing.
Event coordinators Naomi Pyle and Jeff Driggs have been coming to clogging and square dance functions at Fontana since the 1970s, and are proud of the success of the jamboree they started seven years ago.
“Clogging has come a long way from the freestyle step dance of our forefathers,” Driggs said. “The modern style of clogging is done to all forms of music and incorporates many different percussive dance forms. At the jamboree you will see everything from young people dancing to pop music, to folks shuffling and flatfooting to country music and live bluegrass music.”