August 21, 2013
Amy Abernathy began taking clogging lessons at the age of nine. It wasn’t until she graduated from SWOSU and moved back to Altus that she started helping instruct the Footloose Cloggers. In 2010, she started her own business called Double Take Clogging. Amy owns the business and also instructs the classes along with Missena Hayes who has recently started teaching two classes a week. Amy and Missena both have over 20 years of clogging experience and both have a passion for teaching the next generation. Double Take Clogging now offers a variety classes for all ages of children and has an active adult intermediate group. They perform several times a year at venues in the community and have a year end recital in May.
At the “Giddy-Up Gala,” the Double Take Cloggers will be performing to a variety of country and western music. These dancers excel in clogging and their personalities, stage presence, and passion for performing guarantee a high energy, crowd pleasing show.
The featured performer at the pre-rodeo event will be the official “Oklahoma Balladeer,” Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band, as well as a performance by talented local vocalist Mackenzie Hazel, Miss Oklahoma International 2013. The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council sponsors the annual Giddy-Up Gala dinner and concert each year as a part of the family fun activities during the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo week. A barbeque brisket dinner and home-made desserts will be served on Friday, Aug. 23 at the Jackson County Expo Center. Everyone is invited to come to eat, enjoy the entertainment and dance to western swing music. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end in time for everyone to attend the rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Partial funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce (482-0210), or call the SAHC office (477-1616) and leave a message requesting tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.