Cloggers dance into Knoxville

More than 650 participants will compete at the Clogging Champions of America’s (CCA) 19th annual National Showdown of Champions at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. To receive an invitation for this competition, teams and individuals must have won or placed in a regional competition.

The competition features individual dancers and teams from 20 states who will compete in multiple categories. Saturday’s schedule includes the team dance competitions beginning at 7:30 a.m. with an award ceremony concluding the day’s events at midnight. The clogging team routines features between 10 and 15 dancers and often incorporates other genres of dance, including jazz and hip hop.

“This is one of the largest and prestigious clogging competitions in the country,” CCA president Lynne Ogle said. “Clogging is family-oriented and fun for all ages. The event is open to the public, so I hope that people will come down and see what clogging is all about.”

The Showdown of Champions is open to the public for an admission of $10 per day. The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus.