Cripple Creek Cloggers and its accompanying string band returned recently from touring festivals in the Baltic States.
Members of the Cripple Creek Cloggers recently returned from a trip to Latvia and Lithuania. Here are some examples of their featured performances. (Photo submitted)
The dancing troupe represented the U.S. in "Baltica 2012" in Riga, Latvia, and then were featured performers for the Folklore Festival "Parbeg Laivels" in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Not only did the cloggers have superior music, furnished by Oliver Shalibo and his bluegrass musicians, but also huge and enthusiastic audiences welcoming them and encouraging them with applause, smiles and the waving of hands as they entered the stages.
It was a good experience for the dancers and their director-founder, Steve Cates, to celebrate their 45th year of existence.
One big goal of these tours is to meet troupes from other countries to invite to Murfreesboro for International Folkfest, which celebrated its 30th anniversary here in June.
Cripple Creek Cloggers meet and teach at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at their practice site, 220 E. Vine St. There is no charge for lessons and no dance experience is required. For more information about the group and their upcoming performances in the area , visit their website, www.cripplecreekcloggers.org.