Dance Team: Brainerd's Clough honored by national association
Brainerd's Cindy Clough made a haul Saturday, May 18 at the National Dance Coaches Association Convention in Las Vegas.
The head coach of the Warriors dance team was inducted into the National Dance Coaches Hall of Fame along with Joyce Pennington of Salado, Texas, and Teri Row of Walla Walla, Wash.
"Joyce has been a great mentor to me and is one of the most giving people I know," Clough said. "Her company runs camps and we have shared a great deal of advice back and forth. We have served on several committees together and did an Orange Bowl together and we both had a small role in the Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl in Dallas.
"Teri Rowe has been instrumental in dance team education on the West Coach and is the person who got the ball rolling for the National Dance Coaches Association. She has been the one to spearhead the organization. I met her about 20 years ago and served on a panel discussion with her at a seminar in Washington."
Clough mentioned past inductees Kay Teer Crawford of Redondo Beach, Calif., and the late Gussie Nell Davis of Tyler, Texas.
"Both women were mentors to me, so it is humbling to be in their company," Clough said. "I heard Gussie Nell speak in Kansas City once when I was very young and remember being amazed by her. I knew Kay Teer Crawford very well as she took our team from Brainerd to Toykyo in 1988 and I did my first bowl game with her around that time, too. I learned so much from her. She actually spent her 90th birthday in Brainerd after speaking at a convention we had here."
Clough was also named the National Dance Coach of the year. She was up against Carie Nitchoff of Bloomfield, High School in Colorado, Angela Ottman of Ponderosa High School in Colorado and Pamela Didier-Delwisch of Scappoose High School in Oregon.
Clough was also presented with her 40 years of coaching pin.