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