Current Dancers in the Performing Team

Dudley Culp

Dudley and Toni Jordan Williams started the Green Grass Cloggers in 1971.Dudley wrote the Indian, Tea Cup Chain, and the Pivot.He used to sit on the floor with 8 pieces of paper and move them around to see what would work in the routine!
Dudley is a jeweler and calls dances on occasion.

Doug Baker

Doug Baker joined the GGC’s in 1972 shortly after the Group won their first competition at Fiddler’s Grove.He was an original member of the Road Team and toured from 1978-81.During the summer of 1981 he choreographed and performed original clogging routines at the Chateau Vallon Dance Festival in Toulon, France.In the Fall of 1981 Doug resumed his career as a Counselor and danced with the Home Team until 1990.After 17 years as an administrator in the Division of Mental Health in Raleigh, he was appointed Director of the State Substance Abuse Hospital in Black Mt. in 2005.Doug reconnected with the GGC’s in Asheville upon his return to the area and is excited to once again be wearing denim and calico. Doug lives with his wife, Becky and son, Luke, in Arden, NC.

Hunt Mallett

Hunt grew up in Asheville, NC where he found his love of mountain music and dance. In 1973 at the Mountain Folk and Dance Festival, he first saw the Green Grass Cloggers and was smitten (smit happens!) with this new style of energetic team dancing. While attending college at UNC-Chapel Hill, he and some friends founded the Apple Chill Cloggers, the first “clone team” of the Green Grass style. In 1976 Hunt was invited and quickly accepted to become a Green Grass Clogger, and traveled to Greenville each week to practice. The next year when the team decided to go “professional,” Hunt moved to Greenville and climbed on the bus (or was that under the bus?) to start traveling the world and sharing the dance and music and spirit that has become the Green Grass legacy. These days, in addition to dancing and playing, Hunt owns and operates the Weinhaus, a fine wine and craft beer store started by Hunt’s father back in 1977 (maybe his dad knew that would come in handy some day when his son came off that dancing thing).

Pete Kirchner

Pete began dancing with the Green Grass Cloggers in 1988. With the team, he performed on Good Morning America, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on the Fiddler's Grove documentary. Pete owns B&K Tools and Supply in Asheville (828-254-5763). In his spare time, he plays with pictures for fun (hawcreekstudios.com), sings in a barbershop quartet, and enjoys wild caving.

Suzannah Park

Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and has been performing for most of her life. Born in Canton, NC at the “South's First All Night Dance” on New Years morning in 1982, Suzannah has always been surrounded by dancing and music. She is particularly thrilled to now be dancing with the Green Grass Cloggers, and when not tapping her toes and jumping about in her orange dress, Suzannah’s singing takes her from the hills of North Carolina to music-filled kitchens and concert halls across the United States and Europe. She lives in W. Asheville with her husband Nathan and boy dog Beamer and leads the W. Asheville Community Chorus when not on tour. For more information please visit her website: www.suzannahpark.com

Along with:
Amy Deas
Forrest Doyle
Ben Nelson
Natalie Taggart
Leslie Vincent

Rodney Sutton

Rodney Sutton is a nationally known traditional dancer, caller, musician, storyteller, dance teacher and festival producer. He was both a member and director of the Green Grass Cloggers in their early years and still dances with the current team. Rodney was a co-founder of and principle dancer with the Fiddle Puppets (now known as Footworks). He serves on the Boards of the Madison County Arts Council, JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) Regional Board and Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee, which produces both Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Rodney lives with his wife, Jennie and his kids, Clay and Kelsey, in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Wanda Davidson

Trina Royar

Trina is currently coordinator of the Mountain Heritage Day Festival at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. She is a former festival events manager for the City of Asheville, served as Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council, is a former manager of the Biltmore Estate Special Projects Group (Concerts, Festivals, and Programming), founded the Fiddle Head Music and Dance Camps, served as chair of Asheville's Downtown After-Five and is a long time member of both the national and regional dance scene. Trina moved to WNC in the late '80s to dance professionally with the Green Grass Cloggers.

Holly Baumgartner

Holly was born and raised in the flat farmlands of Indiana and moved to the mountains in 1998. She learned to clog from veteran Green Grass Clogger Rodney Sutton shortly after her move to NC…some nights with her infant son in a baby sling. She spent ten years as a homesteading mama at Earthaven Ecovillage, but now makes her living as the Administrative Director at The Learning Community School (thelearningcommunity.org). Holly joined the Green Grass Cloggers in January of 2009 and is absolutely loving it.

Linda Block

Linda Block, a professional environmental educator, is the Coordinator of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, a Lead Risk Assessor, and Healthy Homes Specialist.
Before joining the Green Grass Cloggers in February 2009, Linda performed with the Cub Hill Cloggers (10 yrs), the Crabtown Cloggers (2 yrs), and Stump Jumpers (1 yr) in the Baltimore/DC area. Linda teaches all levels of clogging in the Asheville area and has instructed and performed at dance camps. She has square/contra danced since 1983 and enjoys swing/lindy hop, zydeco, and salsa dancing.

Candice Bruno

Candice Bruno was born and raised in Columbus, GA and moved to Western NC in 2000. She’s been dancing since the age of 3 and joined the Green Grass Cloggers in the fall of 2011. Candice has been a benefits specialist for AFLAC for the last 13 years and also enjoys photography, gardening, reading and playing fiddle. She lives in Candler with her husband, Joe, and their two dogs (Stormy and Bailey) and cat (Blix).