The Folk School Cloggers formed in 1989, following a popular clogging class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. In the decades since, the group has performed in Denmark, Washington, DC, and every autumn at the Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival. Dianne Jackson, the group’s current director, has been a member for many years, since her own daughters took a clogging class at the Folk School. Her daughters, she says, moved on to other interests, but she herself was captivated by traditional dancing, and she has been involved ever since.
The team performs precision line clogging, combining traditional steps like the Tennessee walking step and the Carolina high step. They dance to a variety of music, from bluegrass and old-time to country and Irish music. The women on the team choose the fabric for their own dresses, which are handmade by a local seamstress.
The Folk School Cloggers include members of many ages, currently from children to people in their eighties. They dance at local festivals, and practice weekly. Opportunities sometimes arise for new members to join, such as through beginners’ classes offered at the Folk School, and inquiries are welcomed.