Here is a GREAT video of clogging!

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Rallies and Workshops and Fun Facts!

  • Several times a year, cloggers gather to perform in competitions, rallies and workshops to learn different routines and to showcase their group. The most popular rally, The Double Toe Jam, is hosted in Waco, TX every year.
  • In 2003, clog dancing was included as a competitive dance sport in the AAU Junior Olympics.    Clogging group “ALL THAT” placed second in the nationally-televised talent contest “America’s Got Talent,” and cloggers are now being spotlighted on television and major motion picture projects.
  • It is the official state dance of both North Carolina and Kentucky.

Tools and materials

  • The generally accepted forms of notation made it possible for cue sheets to be produced for dance routines, giving dancers the opportunity to learn new material without having to travel to workshops or conferences
  • Shoes: double tap. Refer to shoe floating around the room
  • Music: originally bluegrass but now, you can write routines to almost anything with a good beat.

Clogging vs Tap

  • Tapping and clogging are both based on European folk dances that were brought to the U.S. in the 1700s and 1800s by settlers from England, Ireland and Scotland. But once here, the two dances evolved in different ways.
  • Tap is an urban art form. It developed mainly in NYC in the mid-1800s when dancers blended African rhythms and steps with elements used in percussive Irish and British dances. It became popular on the show-business circuit, and new ideas traveled quickly as dancers went on tour.
  • Clogging, on the other hand, began as a rural art form based in the Appalachian Mountains region. It developed slowly, since fewer people traveled. Dancers were introduced to new ideas less frequently, so clogging stayed close to its historical roots until recently.
  • Clogging is more flat on the feet while tap, you stay primarily on your toes.

How It Was Named

  • The Soco Gap Dancers became well known for their energetic style. In a performance for the Queen of England, it is reported that her majesty remarked at the footwork as very much like “Clogging” in her country. The term stuck, and the media used the term in documenting the performance.

Important People

  • Bascom Lamar Lunsford of Asheville, North Carolina, helped to popularize the art of team clogging by adding it as a category of competition in the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival held in Asheville during the late 1920’s.
  • Dr. Lloyd “Pappy” Shaw, a teacher and Superintendent at the Cheyenne Mountain School in Colorado, and an avid collector of dances, steps and square dance calls formed an exhibition team from the dozens of high school students he taught and began to tour the United States, sharing his knowledge of dance with all who were interested.
  • Bill Nichols, of South Carolina, taught clogging and old-time squares at the Fontana Resort in the Western Carolina mountains and built a legacy of instruction that has branched out to include teachers from all parts of the United States.    He is considered by many to be the “Grandfather” of modern clogging.
  • Sheila Popwell, of Georgia, is credited as one of the creators of the first standardized cueing and terminology methods.
  • In the 1980’s a dancer named Burton Edwards of Maggie Valley, North Carolina began winning competitions with his “buck” style of clogging
  • Judy Waymouth of Ontario, Canada made an appearance at the Possum Trot Workshop and did an exhibition of Canadian Step dancing the styling shift was the most dramatic the modern clogging world had seen to date and it opened the door for more percussive influences such as “Riverdance”

The History Of clogging

  • Started: Appalachian Mountains: Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch-Germans. Folk dances combined and formed the beginning of clogging.
  • Other areas: From the Cherokee Indians, to African Blacks and Russian Gypsies, clogging has enveloped many different traditions to become truly a “melting pot” of step dances.
  • During the late 1970’s, a new means of clogging expression began to gain popularity — the line dance. sequences of steps to accompany phrases of a popular tune. These strings of steps were performed to a particular song, with step cues prompting the dancers through each section.
  • Clogging today is less impromptu and more complicated than the simple rhythmic dance begun by our ancestors. New influences are creeping into the dance because of popular culture. Tap dancing, Canadian Step Dancing, Irish Hard Shoe and even street dancing and hip-hop influences are being seen to bear on the style of steps and dances performed by cloggers today.