Clogging Leads to Opportunities

Bixby resident Dyan Kincaid has traveled the world with her dancing and educational work.


Dyan Kincaid made her way into the clogging world at age 5.

Lily Diagostine, Reporter

When David Kincaid asked his wife, Dyan, if she thought they should pack up their family and move to Thailand in 2010, her reaction was, “Sure, why not?”

Dyan Kincaid is shown with her family when they lived in Thailand.

Her spontaneous attitude was long in the making because her optimistic approach to new opportunities had previously led the Bixby resident to winning a national championship in two-couple clogging when she was a girl.

In her home town of Etowah, North Carolina, Dyan Kincaid began clogging at age 3 when a family friend asked if she was interested in being on a team. So Kincaid began her clogging career, unaware of future success.

In 1985, Kincaid traveled to Florida to compete in the two-couple championship. There she met actor Leonard Nimoy on a beach.

“He was driving a beach buggy,” she says casually, and she even got a ride with the Star Trek celebrity.

Two-couple clogging is performed with two boys and two girls, and involves dancing to folk or bluegrass music in pairs.

Kincaid, through the years, clogged with three teams, competed for a while and worked professionally with a team as headliners and entertainers. She clogged in the North Carolina exhibit for the World’s Fair in 1984 in New Orleans.

“We were the big dogs,” she says.

Kincaid continued to clog occasionally for events after getting married and having children. Then a new opportunity presented itself.

Her husband, David, received a call about an administrative position at a school in Bangkok. They both had interviews with school officials at 2 a.m. because “there’s a 12 hour time difference,” Kincaid says.

Both were hired and had just two weeks to leave the United States, so they put their cars on Craigslist and had a buyer the next morning. They found homes for their four dogs and nearly 20 chickens. They had to drive to Atlanta to get passports because it was the only place that could process them fast enough.

“It was all by God,” Kincaid says.

Everything worked out and they enjoyed two years in Bangkok. The Kincaids returned to the United states in order to work in Tulsa for Epic Charter School and because they wanted their four children to be prepared for college. Their daughter Ariana is a senior at Bixby High.

By taking a chance and saying yes to opportunity, Kincaid’s interesting experiences have all panned out beautifully.