Dance 10:00am-4:00pm, Century Center and throughout town
Carolina Heartland Cloggers
The Durham-based Carolina Heartland Cloggers formed in 1984 to preserve, practice, and perform team clogging. The Southern Appalachian styles they perform include freestyle, hoedown, line, precision, show, and smooth dance.
Cambodian Cultural Center Dancers
The Cambodian dancers represent the Cambodian Cultural Center of North Carolina in Lexington, which was founded in 2012 and offers classes in dance and the Khmer language.
Style of Motion: B-Boying
The street dance built on freezes, power moves, downrocks, and toprocks is commonly known as breakdance. Insiders who embrace hip-hop culture along with the movement know the art as b-boying or breaking. Since its urban beginnings in the 1970s, the style has become popular internationally beyond urban centers and among people who learn the art apart from the culture in which it originated. A culture-focused crew that formed in Greenville, NC, at East Carolina University, became Style of Motion in 2008. Now the founding members live in several parts of North Carolina, while a group continues under the same name at ECU. Style of Motion competes statewide and seeks to educate others about hip-hop culture.
Green Grass Cloggers
The Green Grass Cloggers, formed from college students in Greenville, NC, in 1971, created a new style of clogging that combined original footwork and western square dance figures. In the 1970s and 80s, the team traveled so widely that much of the clogging around the world, apart from the competition precision styles, can be traced back to the Green Grass Cloggers and the spin-off teams that were inspired by GGC performances and workshops at festivals. In its forty-two-year history, the group has included nearly two hundred members. This performance will include music by the Occoneechi Nighthawks.
Flatfooting Workshop: The Walking Step
In 1978, the Green Grass Cloggers met flatfooter Robert Dotson of Sugar Grove in Wataugua County, NC. They adapted his Walking Step to teach in workshops and shared it so widely that, today, teaching the Walking Step is a popular way to introduce flatfooting to new student audiences. This workshop will include live music by members of the Occoneechi Nighthawks, focus on the Walking Step and other basic movements useful for practicing improvisation, and will be accessible for beginners.