Surgoinsville clogging team earns multiple team, individual national championships

Jeff Bobo • Sep 6, 2018 at 9:30 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — The Tennessee Hoedowners literally stomped the competition last weekend in Nashville, where the Surgoinsville dance squad brought home multiple team and individual national championships.

This is becoming a habit for the Hoedowners.

There are two major sanctioning bodies in competitive clogging, the CCA and the NCHC.

In January, the Hoedowners competed against more than 200 teams in the CCA National Championship in Knoxville, where they won the overall Junior Team title  and became the first clogging team to sweep the individual national championship categories.

Last weekend, the Hoedowners traveled to the Opryland Hotel in Nashville for the NCHC National Clogging Competition, where they won national championships in the Amateur Junior category, overall Junior Masters, and the overall national title for the Senior Masters Contemporary Team.

The Hoedowners were also able to win the overall individual competitions again.

Abby Simpson won overall Female Contemporary Soloist and overall Traditional Soloist, and Gavin Cox took home the title of overall Male Contemporary Soloist.

Abby Simpson and Cox also won the title of overall Duo/Duet for the competition.

“They won the same thing at the last nationals in January,” said team spokesperson Amy Glass. “There are two organizations that do national competitions, and they’ve won both of them for the 2018 year. For one team to win both the male and the female individual title at both competitions, I don’t know if that’s happened before.”

Glass added, “The Tennessee Hoedowners can now say they are national champions title holders for the 2018 competition season in the two largest organizations that clogging has to offer. It’s unprecedented to win both competitions like that. From winning CCA back in January to winning this in September is just unheard of. We have cloggers ranging from 10 years old to 38 years old, and we have families that have been involved in this for generations. This means a lot as a dancer, as well as a family.”

The Tennessee Hoedowners also had seven dancers who made the prestigious National All Star team, including Abby Simpson, Cox, Alyssia Smith, Emily Simpson, Maddie Crowder, River Ketron and Austin Glass.

The National All Stars will perform at Dollywood later this month and in Atlanta in November.