November 9, 2021
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Mars Hill University’s precision dancing team, won its 29th national title at the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame National Championships in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over the weekend of October 22-23. The national title came in the Open Contemporary category for the Willy Wonka Show routine. The team won three Grand Championships, in the Traditional Line, Show, and Southern Appalachian categories. The cloggers scored six first-place team dances, four second-place team dances, and one third-place team dance.
Individual dancers also brought home major awards:
Olivia Heim of Asheville, North Carolina, was inducted into the All American Team. Baker and Clayton were inducted to the Team of the Decade.
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers were organized in 1974 by students at what was then known as Mars Hill College, and were influenced by an older championship team, the Bailey Mountain Square Dance Team, which began performing in 1950. The Bailey Mountain name is derived from the mountain adjacent to the college campus. 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 ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the dance traditions of the Southern Mountains. During their history, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers have performed throughout the United States and internationally in countries including Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Austria, and Ireland. The Bailey Mountain Cloggers dance company has established a national and international reputation for American clog dance excellence.
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers are led by managing director Danielle Buice Plimpton and assistant director Dallas Moffat. Both were standouts on the team during their Mars Hill University dance careers. For more information, visit www.baileymountaincloggers.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers team members are: