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News Release: July 1, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Pipestem Resort State Park, 304-466-1800, pipestemsp@wv.gov

Lou Maiuri and the Appalachian Country Cloggers at Pipestem State Park, Thursday, July 4

            PIPESTEM, W.Va. - Circle up! It's an evening of square dancing with caller Lou Maiuri and the Appalachian Country Cloggers at Pipestem Resort State Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. in the McKeever Lodge in the Faulconer Meeting Room.

            “If you know your left from your right, you can square-dance at any age or stage in life,” said Dale McLaughlin, lodge manager. “Lou’s boundless energy and years of square dancing and calling makes the evening special. It’s a family oriented event for any age to enjoy”.  There is no charge to attend and the event is open to the public.

            Maiuri was a featured square dance caller at the recent 150th Celebration at the WV State Capitol on June 22.  He is the 2008 Vandalia Award recipient, West Virginia’s highest folk life honor. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the performance, creation or perpetuation of West Virginia traditional arts. Maiuri invites anyone to come and enjoy an evening of fun, good music and dancing.

About the Applachian Country Cloggers

            The Appalachian Country Cloggers were organized in 1991 by Lou Maiuri and are dedicated to the preservation of early mountain traditional dance forms. Originally a competition, exhibition and teaching group, they no longer compete.

            The group is, for the most part, an adult group with some of the founding members still active. They danced and won competitions all over the southeastern part of the country during the 1990s and are still the current reigning West Virginia champions in hoedown dancing. The team also features four dancers who have won world championships.

            Current team members are Lou Maiuri, team director and dancer from Summersville, W.Va.;  Joe Cooper from South Charleston; Michael Wood from Winchester, Va.; Valerie Facemire From Dille, W.Va.; Sue Samples From Frametown, W.Va.; Farrah Crane from Hurricane, W.Va.; Stephany Harper from Little Birch, W.Va.; Gene and Natalie Worlledge from Mt. Nebo, W.Va.;.

                The Appalachian Country Cloggers demonstrate southern Appalachian square dance figures while using southern Appalachian clogging steps as well as the old time flatfoot steps. Dance forms that will be demonstrated will be the Appalachian Big Circle Dance, The Running Set Hoedown, Open Type Hoedown, Traditional Line and the old time style of Flatfoot dancing. They also feature a traditional square dance caller and instruction in old time square dancing with audience participation.


Applachian Country Cloggers