Susie Blankenship - Clogging Instructor
Susie Blankenship’s interest in clogging began in 1985 when she took lessons with The Virginia Cloggers in Hampton Virginia. Her husband David Blankenship saw how much fun she was having and decided to also take lessons. Two years later they were voted in as team directors. In 1987 they started a second clogging team in Virginia called The Kountry Kickers, which still continues today. They also danced with Bob Johnson of The Flatland Cloggers in Chesapeake, Virginia. After David’s retirement from the Air Force, they moved to Wichita Falls, Texas and started the Rock-N-Country Cloggers. The group danced together for seven years. They traveled and competed in many places, such as Branson, Missouri. In 1991 they took 1st place and Grand Champion in the novice category. During their many years of clogging they taught at several clogging workshops, which included Camp Esperanza in Dallas and various events in Waco, Texas, where they were voted Texas Best Clogging Instructors one year. Susie and David always taught as a team. After a courageous battle with cancer, David passed away on September 1st, 2004. Susie returned to clogging just two years after his death and remembers now why she loves it so much. The dancing and all the wonderful friends who become your clogging family. Even though she is now teaching solo on stage, she still feels David beside her having the time of his life.
In 2014 she received an award for Clogger of the Year in Waco, Texas.
In 2013 she danced for the local “Dancing For The Stars” in Wichita Falls, Texas. She choreographed the routine for her partner and herself.
In 2014 she was asked to be a judge for “Dancing For The Stars”.
She has taught Clogging and Line Dancing in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Alaska.
She teaches several times a year in Waco and Dallas Texas and in Oklahoma.
She has a local Clogging team and Line Dance team here in Wichita Falls who she is very devoted to. They have become her second family!
She is excited to bring her clogging experience and love for the art to the students of Dance, Etc.