DANCE WITH THE PAST: The Cole Mountain Cloggers performed at last year's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. "This festival and others like it are keeping the music and dance of the Southern Appalachian mountains alive and thriving,” says festival Co-Chair Judy Miller.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival preserves traditions

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering include ballad singers, bluegrass and old-time bands, gospel groups, solo and duet instrumentalists and vocalists, clogging teams, buck dancers, flat-footers and traditional Appalachian smooth dancers.