History

For forty-five years now, the Green Grass Cloggers have been kicking up their heels with their own style of clogging in their home state of North Carolina, as well as across the country, and around the world. Inspired by traditional mountain-style clogging teams and influenced by Appalachian flatfooters and buckdancers, they developed an original, eclectic style of dance, which was a radical departure from traditional team clogging.

By 1974, the group had an established reputation as excellent entertainers and was invited to perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other major festivals throughout the United States and Canada. From 1977 until 1987, the Road Team, based in Asheville, toured full-time nationally and internationally as a professional dance company, performing in two Emmy Award winning television shows and representing Southern Appalachian traditions around the world, while the Home Team remained active locally in the eastern part of North Carolina.

By the end of the 1970s, clogging groups inspired by the Green Grass Cloggers had formed in many places across the country. Overseas, the Green Grass Clogger-style was adopted by groups in Japan and in England, where today it is the predominant style of ‘Appalachian’ clogging.
This is a photo of some of the early Green Grass Cloggers taken in 1972 at a farm near Pactolus, North Carolina.
Front row (L to R): Brian DeMarcus, Beverley Cotton, Kackie Joyner, and Pat Jett. Back row: Donna Slater, Altie Hodson, Jerry Lovelace, Doug Baker, Toni Jordan, Horsie (2 left feet), Dudley Culp, Pam Budd, Robby McLawhorn, Rodney Sutton, and Susan Conway
(Photo courtesy of Robby McLawhorn)