Appalachia Chatter and Chitter

Dancing At The 75th Annual Mountain Folk Festival

75th annual mountain folk festival
The Mountain Folk Festival really is all about the dancing-just like the founders wanted it to be. The festival days usually start at 8:00 a.m. and the dancing is still going strong at 8:00 p.m. at night. The kids are amazing-their attitudes are positive-they are eager to learn-and most all of them seem to absolutely love the dancing.

Here’s a quick peek of a few different types of dancing-including the Gisburn Processional-courtesy of Old Red Barn Co.

Looks like fun doesn’t it? One of my favorite parts of the festival is show off time. Since the kids participating in the festival come from a variety of locations-they are allowed to show off the type of dancing they are most familiar with. In our case it’s Clogging. Instead of going it alone-this year Chitter and Chatter had 2 of their clogging team-mates there to dance with them. There was a minor problem with their music-but they still brought the house down with their stomping.

Now that’s what I call dancing. Hope you enjoyed the videos-what type of dancing are you most familiar with?


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    April 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

    That does look like fun!!!
    The girls did a great job. Love watching them!!!

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    April 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    B-yes I was there dancing too : ) But no clogging for me. Both girls add in some clogging steps when they dance squares or contras. Sometimes they add them into their daily walk too!
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    Suzi Phillips
    April 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Great job, girls!! I’m still smiling-

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    B. Ruth
    April 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Enjoyed the video so much…great dancing by all…of course we like to see Chitter and Chatter…
    Where were you were you dancing somewhere?
    Love the clogging…but do your girls square dance as well with the clogging steps…I forget but I think there is a name for it…or do the boys and girls just group up and do certain steps with turns and over under thing?
    Thanks Tipper,

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    April 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This was so so so good. they carried right on, and did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this. Kay

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    April 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Loved Chitter and Chatter and buddies! Loved, loved loooooved it! What a wonderful wholesome thing for girls their age to be interested in and keep them busy. You go girls!!!

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    Glenda Beall
    April 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    So glad the girls and you had a good time in Berea at the festival. The girls can really dance – just one of their many talents.

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    April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    We use to belong to a Square Dance Club way back in the ’60’s. Oh what fun we had and our kids were in the kids club also. It was a family thing every Sat night. You brought back many good memories.

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    April 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    What a fun time they were having. So good to see young folks carrying on old traditions. They are really good. Know you are proud of them.

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    April 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Both videos are great. I really
    liked the cloggin’ with the four
    of them doing their thing. Guess
    I’ll be re-playing that one alot.
    I understand why you are so proud
    of them beautiful girls…thanks
    for doing this for us…Ken

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    April 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I love watching your dance videos. There are some talented people there. We went to a surprise 60th Bday party for a neighbor. There was some good country dancing there. The blacksmith and I don’t dance much, but we enjoyed watching.

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    April 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Love it! It is great watching kids learn history, from dress to dance! Love to watch clogging!

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    April 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    That was wonderful to watch Tipper. Chitter and Chatter did an awesome job; give them a hug for me!

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    April 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Very good! I really enjoy watching and learning about the traditions in your part of the country. We here in Oregon don’t seem to have the “closeness” of a particular culture. Love it!

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    April 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    tell chitter and chatter their stomping made me smile for the whole video. great job.
    we used to go through Berea when we went from Pineville to lexington. 55 years ago so I know it has changed

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    April 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I loved it!! I used to clog but it’s so hard on the knees. Wonderful!!! I love to watch cloggers!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Debby Brown
    April 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    That was soo good by all the girls! And I give a big hurrah! anyone who when being watched by a crowd, and there is a music malfunction, that can carry on right to the end and make it through. THAT is not an easy thing to do, and they were wonderful!

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    Sheila Bergeron
    April 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

    This was great and they are such beautiful beautiful girls! Great job, Mama.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

    That looks like a great time, wish I were there!

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    April 11, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Great dancing, girls. Thanks for posting this, Tipper.

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    Dee from Tennessee
    April 11, 2011 at 4:37 am

    LOVE it!! I could watch clogging for hrs! Flat-footin’ is what I really wish I could do…love to watch it too! Clogging & flat-footin’ – nothin’ like it!

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