Clay and Heather Barnhart (both teachers in District Five) are in the “Search for the Epic Star” semifinals.


While big name acts like Blue Man group are already booked to perform on the Norwegian Epic, the cruise line is looking for additional talent to star in the Epic’s inaugural celebration.

Dancers and directors of Capital City Cloggers , Clay and Heather Barnhart hope to stomp the competition in the “Search for the Epic Star” contest.

“All you could do was submit a video and your name,” says Clay. “You couldn’t send anything else, so it was a pretty easy submission.”

And the Barnhart’s one minute clip landed them a spot in the semifinals.

“We were shocked but excited,” said Heather.

If they win, the couple will perform during 4th of July weekend in New York City as part of the cruise ship’s inaugural celebration. In addition, the winner receives a seven-day cruise on the vessel.

For the Barnharts to move on in the “Search for the Epic Star” contest, they need help from the public. The contestants will be narrowed down to three by how people vote for them online. From there, the judges will determine the winner.

Both Clay and Heather have been clogging since they were children, and now married, the dancing duo teaches others how to clog at their studio in West Columbia.

“It’s very challenging at times,” says Heather. “We have grown as a couple through dance and we have definitely found our boundaries with each other.”

Online voting begins Tuesday and runs through June 11th . A winner will be announced on June 18th.

Until then, the Barnharts will continue practicing in hopes their fast feet will carry them all the way to NYC.