“Dancin’ in the Rain”
The Fire on the Mountain Cloggers boldly go where others fear to tread. “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night … etc, etc.” Steve Ogden called Fire on the Mountain Cloggers “super troupers” and he should know. Chairman of the Texas Cultural Partnership, Steve was present and gave the go ahead when Fire on the Mountain Cloggers proclaimed their intention that the SHOW MUST GO ON. Out of nine dance groups scheduled to perform between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the first Saturday of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, Fire on the Mountain Cloggers were the only group who performed regardless of the rain and lack of a sound system. The stage was slick so the team, made up of 22 dancers, took to the open spaces of the wide walkway/breezeway entrance of the majestic Hall of States building. While spectators took refuge under the narrow overhang on both sides of the building, the Fire on the Mountain Cloggers “took the stage” at their scheduled time slot at noon. Because of the intense rehearsals and close teamwork for which the group is known, the dancers had no problem providing their own rhythm with some staccato tapping. Clogging shoes jangled on the smooth finish of the wide area. Rain drops dripped off of the noses of the smiling, laughing faces of the dancers. Dancers from other groups watched open- mouthed as the team lined up time after time and proceeded to demonstrate six routines in their entirety. Applause filled the air as the rain continued in a steady manner. This was no thunderstorm and there was no danger of sudden lightning strikes, but the dancers were given the choice … “Are you dancing or not? Tell me now so I can change the lineup.”
The other three shows at the State Fair were not quite so unique, but were so much easier. The audiences roared their approval for the new routines which we had been preparing. In fact, Fire on the Mountain Cloggers really have a lot of guts because we debuted our BRAND NEW ROUTINE for the FIRST time at our 6:00 PM show on Saturday of the Fair. We had been practicing and practicing this routine, making minor revisions in order to perfect it. It was flawless the first time on stage. The final bow had 20 dancers on stage.