The Bailey Mountain Cloggers
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers were organized in 1974 by students at Mars Hill College. The Bailey Mountain name is derived from the mountain adjacent to the college campus.
During the 1980’s Bailey Mountain began competition clogging and expanded its clog repertoire to include more than precision clog routines: Big Circle Smooth, Freestyle, Country Hoedown, Kentucky Running Set, Line Dance, Show, and Percussive dance routines. Today, the students who comprise the dance company, 45+ from 12 different states, come from various dance traditions, representing a number of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Being one of a few college-based performing clog teams in the nation, with art performance grants and college credit courses, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers serve as ambassador of goodwill for the college and the folk dance traditions of the Southern Mountains.
During their 30-year history, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers have performed throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Austria, and Ireland. From the Kennedy Center in 1996 to the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival in 1997; from the world premier in 1998 of "Mountain Legacy" in Asheville, North Carolina to the Ulster-American Folk Park’s Appalachian Festivals in 1998-2001; from the "Making A Difference" performance for the BBC from Belfast, Ireland, viewed by over 5 million throughout Europe to a performance on Broadway in 2000; the Bailey Mountain Cloggers Folk Dance Company has established a national and international reputation for American clog dance excellence.
For more information about the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, visit their website at: baileymountaincloggers.yolasite.com/.