The Green Grass Cloggers Road Team
Asheville, North Carolina
With feet flying, swirling calico skirts, and high-kicking legs, the Green Grass Cloggers of North Carolina burst onto the national folk festival scene in the early 1970s. Influenced by the styles and attitudes of older traditional flatfoot dancers, the Green Grass Cloggers added to the dance traditions of North Carolina with their own innovative and distinctive style of team clogging.
Green Grass Cloggers formed in 1971, in Greenville, in eastern North Carolina. In 1977, part of the group, "The Road Team," became a full-time touring dance company, relocating to Asheville, in the western part of the state, in 1980. The Asheville Road Team continued touring nationally and internationally until 1987. Meanwhile "The Home Team" continued to perform in the eastern part of the state, where they remain active to this day.
The Green Grass Cloggers Asheville Road Team no longer performs regularly, but in recent years members have dusted off their dancing shoes and reformed as a reunion group. Recent performances have included the Swannanoa Gathering (2001), the Lake Eden Arts Festival (2001), the Appalachian Stringband Festival (2002), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (2003),
and the Philadelphia Folk Festival (2004).
Performance dates for 2006 include
MerleFest (April 28-30) and
Wheatland Music Festival (September 8-10).
35th Reunion Celebration!
The Green Grass Cloggers will be holding a 35th Reunion Celebration at the Shakori Hills Festival in Spring Hope, NC on October 5-8th, 2006. Any former members of the group planning to attend should contact Rodney Sutton.
Dancers currently performing with the Asheville Road Team reunion group include Karen Bartlett, Dudley Culp, Wanda Davidson, Gordy Hinners, Phil Jamison, Hunt Mallett, Carol Mallett Rifkin, Trina Royar, Cherie Sheppard, and Rodney Sutton.
To contact the Green Grass Cloggers Asheville Road Team: Send us an email
(c) 2004 Green Grass Cloggers, Asheville, NC