Bailey Mountain Cloggers

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill University add an invitation to Festival Days in Greece this summer to the company’s list of performance achievements.

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Mars Hill University’s precision dancing team, has been invited to perform at Festival Days in Greece this summer. The international folklore festival will be held June 22-26 in Paralia, a tourist seaside village on Greece’s eastern coast.

“Traveling abroad to represent the U.S.A., North Carolina and our university is an absolute honor,” said Danielle Buice Plimpton, managing director of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers. “Not only do we share our dance and music traditions with the world, but we have the chance to experience other cultures and learn dances from several countries.”

The team’s most recent international trip included performances in Ireland and Portugal in 2019. In October, BMC won its 29th national championship, and performed in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade in November.

During the trip to Greece, the cloggers hope to visit the Areopagus, or Mars Hill, in Athens. The university’s name comes from a New Testament passage about the Apostle Paul’s visit to the site.

“That will be a very rewarding and incredible educational experience for our students,” said Plimpton. “It is amazing what clogging can do, and the opportunities it can bring to our students at MHU.”

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers were organized in 1974 by students at what was then known as Mars Hill College, and were influenced by an older championship team, the Bailey Mountain Square Dance Team that began performing in 1950.

The Bailey Mountain name comes from the mountain located next to the college campus.

Being one of only a few college-based performing clog teams in the nation, with art performance grants and college credit courses, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers serve as ambassadors of goodwill for the college and the dance traditions of the Southern Mountains.

During its history, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers have performed throughout the United States, and internationally in countries including Austria, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal and Scotland.

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers dance company has established a national and international reputation for American clog dance excellence.

Mars Hill University is a private, liberal arts institution founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region. The university offers over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, teaching and management.

The campus is located 20 minutes north of Asheville.

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers are led by Plimpton and Assistant Director Dallas Moffat. Both were standouts on the team during their Mars Hill University dance careers.

For more information on BMC, visit www.baileymountaincloggers.com, or email dbuice@mhu.edu.

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