Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers

ACHF World Championships - Maggie Valley NC

October 28-30, 2005

 

The 2005 edition of the ACHF World Championship made us all proud to be a part of Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers.  Of course, there were several awards and honors earned by our teams and individual dancers; but that paled in comparison to the sheer pride of being a part of such a special  group. This group cares so much for its members and makes each dancer and parent feel so much like they are part of a humongous family that really cares about them as a person and not just as a set of taps moving across the hardwood.  It was very rewarding to see dancers helping each other get ready for their next dance or to support each other as they completed their team dances.  Team was truly the name of the game this weekend.  

 

In the team dances, there were nine different BRMC teams that had qualified for this National Championship event by placing at a qualifying competition previously in the year.  Additionally, Kelley Addington had qualified to compete in the Grand Champion Flat Foot dance offl.  Just qualifying in these events would be considered a great success for many teams.  Ultimate Power led the way for our teams placing first in Junior Small Team Category.  In the traditional Line category,  Mountain Fire placed second in a very strong elementary division and Special Edition placed third with their dance.  

Mountain Fire Prepares to take the floor with Rollin' for the final time.  They placed second in their division with this dance. 

Kayla, Jenna, Kayla and Brittany relax with the first place trophy that they earned with their small team routine on Sunday Morning.  Not pictured is Kelley who was preparing for her duet competition at the time.  

Pictured at left - Special edition shows the form and precision that earned them a third place finish in this world championship competition.  This team is continuing its winning ways from a gold medal performance at the Junior Olympics.

Six other teams represented BRMC well in this prestigious event.  Also competing In traditional line were Mountain Express, Oconee Belles and Mountain Rhythm 1.  All of the traditional line teams danced very well.  On Friday Night Little Mountain Sweethearts and Shady Grove each danced super performances in the 4 or more couple hoedown category.  Mountain Rhythm 2 danced a very good dance in the exhibition category on Sunday Morning.  

Also on Saturday, two of our dancers were recognized by being named to All-American teams for the ACHF.  Katie McCannon was named to the All-American team for 2005.  This is a team of only 24 members that are selected from across the nation, based on dance skill, sportsmanship and dedication to clogging and dance.  Needless to say, Katie was excited beyond belief. Patsy Blanton was selected to the Senior All-American team.  There were only four senior members selected for this team this year.  

Above - Katie grins her head off as Loretta helps her put on her All-American Jacket as she receives her certificate from Sonja Wiseman.  Below - Katie and Kristen, from Cripple Creek Cloggers, lead the performance of the All-American Dancers.  

Patsy Blanton is pictured above with the Senior All- American inductees.  Below she is shown dancing in the All-American dance.  Does any one know where she might be able to find a good pair of clogging shoes?  

 

In the solo competitions, BRMC received several honors.  Annette Orr led the way placing first in her age division while Kelley Addington placed third in her age division of female solo.  Other females receiving call backs were:  Season Porter, Savannah Cison, Brooklyn Simpson, Samantha Simpson and Joanna Walling.  There were several of our girls that competed in solos that danced very well.  Some were dancing solo for the first time.  In the male solos there were several winners including: Hunter Galloway, Preston Finley, Corey Talley, Joey McCannon, Cullen Finley,  and Thomas Geren.  Thomas placed first in his age division and competed for the champion male dancer award.  

Sunday brought the conclusion to the competition with two team dances and several duo/duet categories.  Kelley Addington and Thomas Geren led the way by placing first in the Elementary Buck and Wing category.  They also placed third in contemporary duet category.  In the Traditional Duo category little sisters Madison and Amber led the way by winning first in the Tiny Tot age division.  In the Pee-Wee age division Alexis and Kaitlin were third place winners while Brooke and Brittany placed second in the Elementary age division.  All in all it was a very successful day for our duos and duets. 

Traditional duo winners from BRMC show off their awards from the ACHF World Championship. Kelley and Thomas pose for a picture before receiving their first place award in Buck & Wing Duet. 

The ACHF championships have always held a very special place to many of us.  The building is crowded, the waits can be long and the results can sometimes not be what you hoped for, but each year always brings its special memories.  This year was no exception.  There are so many memories from this weekend that will be special to us for a long time.