Support for Savannah

One thing all cloggers can agree on (and one comment I’ve heard from many of my clogging peers) is that being a clogger means you’re part of a huge family. Not only your team (or teams), but rather a ginormous network of clogging brothers and sisters all over the nation, all around the world. If a clogger is experiencing trails or tragedy, one thing they can always count on is their clogging family. Prayers, support, and acts of encouragement and kindness are what we are able to give to our clogging brothers and sisters.

Seven-year-old clogger, Savannah Cox of northern Virginia

Seven-year-old clogger, Savannah Cox of northern Virginia

The same is so for seven-year-old Savannah Cox, a clogger in northern Virginia who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Doctors are still trying to pinpoint what type of cancer Savannah has; however if you would like to follow her story and offer Savannah encouraging comments throughout her journey, please like the “Support for Savannah” Facebook page. (Link below.)

As you will see by her picture, little Savannah is ready to fight. I think we can all agree that is a brave little smile on her face. Please pray for Savannah, her family and friends, her doctors, and her clogging team, Heart of Virginia.

Link to “Support for Savannah” Facebook page

Potomac Double Down – February 16, 2003!

Scotty Bilz teaching at the 2010 Potomac Double Down. Ahheeeee!!!

Scotty Bilz teaching at the 2010 Potomac Double Down. Ahheeeee!!!

Every year the Bull Run Cloggers host the Potomac Double Down workshop in Haymarket, Virginia. I’ve been attending this workshop almost ever year (Yes, ice actually kept me away one year), and I’ve seen it’s growth since the beginning. The Bull Run Cloggers have done a fantastic job not only growing this event, but making this gathering a kind of family reunion. I love seeing old friends and meeting new ones every year!

Not only is it a great atmosphere, but you get to see all local instructors in action doing what they love to do – teaching! And what’s even better? They all bring there own unique style to their classes. This year, Andy Howard of American Racket from Florida will be the headliner. Andy has taught at workshops all around the country and has performed with American Racket all around the world. They most recently performed at Folklorida, a festival in South Korea. Andy will join area instructors Colleen Ward of the Hi-Horse Cloggers and Sundance Express, Cherylann Ward of the Radford University Cloggers, Jayne Treadwell of the Bull Run Cloggers, Joyce Guthrie of Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, Kathy Moore of the Calico Cloggers, Mary Smith of the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, and myself – Dorothy Stephenson of the Little Switzerland Cloggers, Sundance Express, and Rhythmic Alliance. The Radford University Cloggers will also be on-site shaking a leg alongside their fellow teammate, Cherylann.

And after everything is said and done, enjoy seeing teams perform at the Fun Dance from 6 to 8 p.m.!

If you live in Virginia and you’re new to clogging workshops, this event is a great place to start. Like all clogging workshop, it is a family-friendly atmosphere, and everyone in attendance is very happy and helpful. Also, if you’re new to the area and looking for a team, this is a great place to connect with area teams. Event hosts Terry Kapp and the Bull Run Cloggers have done a fine job creating a successful and educational event for area cloggers. Hats off to these fine folks for continuing (to our knowledge) the only clogging workshop in the state of Virginia! Way to go, Terry and Bull Run!!

Bull Run Cloggers

The Bull Run Cloggers performing at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show

The Bull Run Cloggers performing at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show

THE BULL RUN CLOGGERS ARE SPONSORING THE POTOMAC DOUBLE DOWN, A CLOGGING WORKSHOP, ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 IN HAYMARKET, VIRGINIA!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.POTOMACDOUBLEDOWN.COM

Since 1984, the Prince William County based Bull Run Cloggers have been entertaining audiences throughout the Northern Virginia region and beyond. As clogging has evolved over the years, so have the Bull Run Cloggers. There have been many individuals, as well as families, that have danced with the group throughout the years. Although members have come and gone, and routines and costumes constantly change, the energy, love of clogging, and friendships remain. The group’s current repertoire includes all types of music: country, bluegrass, Celtic, gospel, and modern pop. If it has a good beat, we’re movin’ our feet!


The Bull Run Cloggers perform at a variety of venues. In addition to dancing at local festivals and fairs, the groups’ members often donate their time by performing at senior centers, nursing homes, and charity fund-raisers such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Joe Gibbs Country Fair and Auction. To prepare for the twenty to thirty shows they do each year, the dancers practice every Monday evening in the
HaymarketFitnessCenter at 6611 Jefferson StreetHaymarket, Virginia, 20169, from 7 – 9 pm. They are members of and receive partial funding from the Prince William County Arts Council, and are members of the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

One thing that has remained constant over the years is the group’s dedication to the preservation and promotion of clogging as an art form. To further this mission and share their love of clogging, the group teaches lessons on Monday evenings. Each year, they also sponsor the Potomac Double Down teaching workshop featuring national instructors. The workshop also provides a venue and opportunity for many regional, local, and up-and-coming instructors to “shine” as they teach and share their love of clogging. The workshop is well-attended by members of clogging groups from Virginia and the surrounding states and offers cloggers an opportunity to network, learn new dances, and share ideas. As these dancers take routines back to their hometowns, teach their own teams, and perform in their area, the talents and love of the dance are given an even wider audience.

Dressed in their distinctive red, white, and blue, the Bull Run Cloggers are proud to put their patriotism on view. They have several patriotic dance routines, including Patriotic Polka, Red White & Bluegrass, and a medley of the armed services songs. On May 27, 2012, these dances were prominently featured when the group had the privilege to perform for the Beethoven Found Wounded Warrior Memorial Day event at Great Meadows in the Plains, Virginia. It was an honor to support this event and pay tribute to those who serve our great nation.

Membership numbers have ranged from four to thirty dancers over the years. We currently have twelve dancers, including long-time member and show director Dale Fisher. Terry Kapp-Guiffré is the dedicated instructor who teaches new students, and Cindy Pitts schedules shows and maintains the website. All our members work hard at various tasks including costuming, bookkeeping, and setting up sound equipment, and we are lucky to have a small but enthusiastic road crew to assist us. We know all that hard work and practice time pays off once we get on that stage. Performing together and seeing the happy faces of the audience makes it all worthwhile.

Check out our websites: www.bullruncloggers.org and www.potomacdoubledown.com

Welcome to the new VirginiaClog.com!

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Thanks to everyone for continuing to view VirginiaClog.com! We’re making a few new changes to our site in 2013. One of them being, the site is now a blog! We will also be re-posting our past feature teams and instructors to give everyone a second look, and we will be searching for some new groups to feature as well! (Psst! If you know of teams who haven’t been featured on VirginiaClog, please let us know!)

As always, our goal is to gather information about all things clogging in Virginia. This site has been a wonderful tool to spread the word about all the clogging teams throughout the state. In addition, several individuals and organizations have also contacted VirginiaClog to find clogging groups in their area for both performances and for clogging instruction, so VirginiaClog is a great tool to Virginia Clogging teams! (Make sure to submit your contact information for our team listing page!)

As always, please feel free to submit any information to our site that you are trying to project to other Virginia teams. For instance, information about clogging workshops, competitions, or other events or maybe you have some old team outfits that you want to sell? Or maybe you’re searching for costumes? This blog presents an opportunity for a kind of “community clogging message board” in Virginia, so please feel free to send us information, comments, questions, or announcements!

And if you’re interested in contributing a post to our blog, we’re open to that, too! Just email us at virginiaclog@sundancestudio.org for your post idea!

Thank you again for stopping by!