• Fri. Nov 25th, 2022

The clogging team upholds tradition and achieves national fame

Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Well, a North Carolina dance team that has risen to national fame is bringing a long-standing tradition to life. “I’m happiest when I’m dancing,” said Zebulon ‘Zeb’ Ross. “That’s when I’m most relaxed. I don’t have to worry about anything. It just brings pure joy to my life.” It’s a tradition that’s been a part of Haywood County for years. “The entertainment came here. Dance teams and competitions began in Haywood County. So I felt it was very important to preserve this freestyle Appalachian dance,” said Kim Ross, founder of JCreek Cloggers. The JCreek Cloggers started 13 years ago and have become a family tradition. “I’ve been telling them since I was in Mommy’s tummy. I danced for a long, long time,” said Zeb. However, everything changed earlier this year when the group went viral on TikTok. “We thought it might last a week or two, you know, high fives, good job, and it’s just exploded since then. So it was just crazy,” Zeb said. Crazy is right, the JCreek Cloggers have formed since the Country Music Awards, SEC Nation and before the Tennessee-Alabama game. “It’s not just about us performing. We love having the fans out there and joining us in routines,” said Zeb. It may look easy, but it’s harder than it looks, but no matter how you dance, they can tell you it’s all about having fun,” Ross said. “We don’t want this fun tradition to die,” Zeb said. “It’s just the happiest thing and the camaraderie and we’re going to ride along for as long as we can,” Ross said.

Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions?

Well, a North Carolina dance team that has risen to national fame is bringing a long-standing tradition to life.

“I’m happiest when I’m dancing,” said Zebulon ‘Zeb’ Ross. “That’s when I’m most relaxed. I don’t have to worry about anything. It just brings pure joy into my life.”

It’s a tradition that has been part of Haywood County for years.

“The entertainment came here. Dance teams and competitions began in Haywood County. So I felt it was very important to preserve this freestyle Appalachian dance,” said Kim Ross, founder of JCreek Cloggers.

The JCreek Cloggers started 13 years ago and have become a family tradition.

“I’ve been telling them since I was in Mommy’s tummy. I’ve been dancing for a long, long time,” said Zeb.

However, everything changed earlier this year when the group went viral on TikTok.

“We thought it might last a week or two, you know, high fives, good job, and it’s just exploded since then. So it was just crazy,” Zeb said.

Crazy is right, the JCreek Cloggers have since formed at the Country Music Awards, SEC Nation and before the Tennessee-Alabama game.

“It’s not just about us performing. We love having the fans out there and joining us in routines,” said Zeb.

It may look easy, but it’s harder than it looks, but no matter how you dance, they can tell you it’s all about having fun, Ross said.

“We don’t want this fun tradition to die,” Zeb said.

“It’s just the happiest thing and the community and we’re going to make the ride as long as we can,” Ross said.

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