The Original ACHF 1981, is a non-profit, non-incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the old time square dance and clogging. The Original ACHF 1981 was founded on April 1 1981, by Dan and Sandy Angel for the purpose of honoring our past leaders and providing a place for dancers from all walks of life to come together and dance. The Original ACHF 1981 is a family-oriented organization that promotes clean, family-friendly events that are designed to preserve our traditional art form while welcoming the growth of the contemporary forms of the clogging and modern forms of dance.
The Original ACHF 1981 sanctions many competitions throughout the year where teams and dancers can qualify to compete in The Original ACHF 1981 National Championship dance-off the first weekend in October. Any team finishing 1st or 2nd in TWO sanctioned competitions qualifies to compete at the dance-off. If you live more than 300 miles away from one of our sanctioned events, you only have to qualify once with a 1st or 2nd in the respective categories you compete in. If you live less than 300 miles away from one of our sanctioned events, then you will have to qualify twice with a 1st or 2nd in the respective categories you competed in.
All grand champion solo winners at each sanctioned event earns the opportunity to compete at Nationals in October for a chance to be the Over-All Solo dancer of the year.
The Original ACHF 1981 honors many of its dancers at the October Nationals. Several Specialty Teams are selected each year through a nominating and selection process, in which some of our organizations best dancers are chosen. These dancers are showcased at the National Championships. Any member of The Original ACHF 1981 may nominate a recipient for consideration of this honor.
The Original ACHF 1981 Honors select individuals to be inducted into The Clogging Hall of Fame. These inductees have been clogging for at least 25 years and have been a positive influence in the preservation of the dance. These recipients are awarded at Nationals each year. Any member of The Original ACHF 1981 may nominate a recipient for consideration of this honor.
College scholarships are also awarded in October for deserving students. Any member of The Original ACHF 1981 may nominate a recipient for consideration of this scholarship.
The Original ACHF 1981 fiscal year runs from November 1 to October 31. A list of competitions, committees, members and additional information will be available on our website at www.originalachf.com
The Annual Member meeting will be held the first weekend in November in different locations convenient to the bulk of the membership. Voting on new issues will occur at this meeting as well as elections on perspective years. New rules and any other organizational changes will go into effect on January 1st, prior to the first competition of the new year. Executive offices will go into effect immediately following the close of the November meeting.
We, The Original ACHF 1981, invite you to participate in our qualifying competitions throughout the year and hope to see you at our National Championships the first weekend in October!! The National Championships are currently held in the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley, NC; The home of The Original ACHF, 1981.