Shamus Riley a native of Suffolk, Virginia, began his clogging career with the Peanut City Cloggers at the age of seven. Upon High School graduation, Riley received a scholarship to dance with the internationally known Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill College, North Carolina. While dancing for BMC, Riley traveled to Ireland, as a representative of the USA at the Appalachian and Music Bluegrass Festival in Omaha, Northern Ireland. Riley was also a member of BMC while they won several National Titles.
Riley has competed on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, was a Stompin Ground Clogger, Maggie Valley, North Carolina and in 2003 and again in 2011 performed in the Folkmoot International Dance Competition. His many credits also include Grand Champion Clogger, a member of the ACHF 1995 All American Team, the Team of the Millennium and numerous solo, duet and team awards. October of 2013 Shamus won the Melvin Sloan dance off in Maggie Valley at the ACHF Championship. Later, in April 2014 he was honored to dance at the Grand Ole Opry.
After college graduation with a degree in Business and minor in Entrepreneurship Shamus returned to Suffolk, Virginia and to The Peanut City Cloggers where he co-directs and instructs. He also coaches High School tennis and swimming. Mr. Riley is currently employed by Norfolk Public Schools and teaches adolescents with Autism. On August 1, 2014, Shamus married Megan Eash and recently gave birth to their first child, Finnegan “Finn” Shamus Riley. More recently, Shamus, along with fellow instructors have joined the cast of the Old Dominion Barn Dance.
Judi Mabe Lester, a native of Suffolk began clogging at the age of five with the Western Branch Cloggers. She transitioned to Peanut City and then for several years with the Flatland Cloggers of Chesapeake under Bob Johnson. As an adult, Judi returned to PCC and has offered her many clogging talents through the years. Judi is a 1996 All American Clogger and former instructing director of PCC. She left clogging for a short time to raise her daughter who now also dances with PCC. We are very fortunate to have Judi return to our team and offer years of clogging experience. 2016, Judi also joined the cast of the Old Dominion Barn Dance.
JoAnn Price, currently lives in Chesapeake, VA and grew up in Currituck, NC. She began clogging with Flatland Cloggers at the age of 6 under the direction of Bob Johnson. While attending college at North Carolina State University pursuing a Biomedical Engineering Degree, JoAnn was a member of the NCSU Wolfpack Clogging Team and served as President of the organization. After graduation JoAnn danced with Dazzling Image and joined Peanut City Cloggers in 2012.
Lindsay Skeen Ricks, of Suffolk, VA began clogging at a young age with the Chesapeake Bay cloggers. Chesapeake Bay folded when Lindsay was 12 and she found a new home with the PCC family. Lindsay has clogged most of her life and is now offering her clogging talents as an instructor. Lindsay is an ACFH, All American Clogger, Team of the Decade Clogger and has numerous solo and duet wins under her belt. We welcome Lindsay and her talents as a traditional dancer to our team of instructors.
On a personal note, Lindsay recently wed Chris Ricks of Suffolk. She also is a cast member of the Old Dominion Barn Dance.