When you think of Folkmoot you certainly think of international folk dance but Folkmoot 2016 features our own mountain dance, too.
Just has it has for the past 32 years, Folkmoot will feature the very best dancers and musicians from right here in Western North Carolina – unique dance, unique music which springs only from our own region!
A big thanks to Kim Ross, a member of the Folkmoot board of directors and leader of the J. Creek Cloggers, for all she does for the organization! Along with sitting on the board and teaching dance lessons at Folkmoot, Kim arranges performances for all local folk bands and dance teams. Come see the award winning J. Creek Cloggers and other talented local groups during the Folkmoot festival this year.
The 33rd Edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival begins July 21 and runs through July 31, with parades (new parades in Asheville and Franklin), cultural events, festivals within the festival and – of course – those glorious, dramatic and colorful dance performances at venues all over Western North Carolina.
Named a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society and by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities.
Ross was born and raised in Scott County Virginia in the tiny community of Snowflake, a few miles from the home of A.P. and Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family. Kim grew up in a family of dancers and learned at a young age traditional flat-foot dancing. The famous Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia was – and still is – Kim’s favorite “hoedown place” to perfect her various steps in buck, flatfoot, clogging, and free-style while meeting up with her dancing friends in her hometown.
She moved to Haywood County North Carolina in 1992 and raised two boys, Zeb and Levi Ross, who today, make up The Ross Brothers & Terry Woody Bluegrass/Old Time Band. Kim’s boys inherited her love for dance and music and when Kim formed her own clogging team, the J. Creek Cloggers, her boys naturally became a part of the group.
The J. Creek Cloggers are busy fulfilling their obligations at various events during the year, as well as being the regular attraction from May to October at the well-known Stompin’ Grounds in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. J. Creek Cloggers have performed in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and are honored to adhere to the ‘old style’ square dancing, keeping it alive for the next generation. They were recently honored with the 2015 Bill Nichols Heritage Traditional Dance Award.
Here is our schedule, best times to be sure to catch our Smoky Mountain dancers at Folkmoot 2016:
Thursday, July 21st – Gala
7:00 pm Hill Country Band, Bailey Mtn. Cloggers, & Fines Creek Flatfooters
Friday, July 22nd – Grand Opening, 7pm – Lake Junaluska
7:00 Whitewater Bluegrass and J. Creek Cloggers
Saturday, July 23rd
10:00 am Fines Creek Flatfooters
11:00-4:00 Many Culture’s Carnival
J Creek Cloggers, Bailey Mtn. Cloggers/Blackberry Jam
Sunday, July 24th First United Methodist Church
2:00pm Blackberry Jam200/Dixie Darlins
Wednesday July 27th- Blue Ridge Community College
2:00pm Blackberry Jam and Bailey Mtn Cloggers
Thursday, July 28th-Smoky Mountain Center
7:00pm Hill Country and J. Creek Cloggers
Friday, July 29th-Asheville Procession
4:00pm Blue Ridge Heritage Dancers
Friday, July 29th-Diana Wortham
7:00pm Stuart Brothers and Dixie Darlins
Saturday, July 30t- International Day
10:00-5:00pm Stuart Family Band with the Appalachian Mountaineers and Mile High Band with the J. Creek Cloggers
Sunday, July 31st-Lake Junaluska Closing
7:00pm J. Creek Cloggers and Darren Nicholson Band
From our friend & supporter, Videographer Art Hoffman: