You’ve always wanted to challenge something exciting, even though you know it’s good for you and does not require a lot of boring work from you. Then that’s something clog dance. You can do it alone, with a partner or within a group. All three ways are fun, fun, fun. If you join an organized clogging group, you will find that you have new friends as you become more acceptable to yourself and your colleagues. Since clogging groups are special in their own way, so will you.
What is clogging?
Several sources describe the American form of clogging as hillbilly tapping or foot-stomping folk dancing, in which the dancer creates musically synchronized sounds with his feet. In the past, it was done with mountain and bluegrass music with lofty leg movements combined with foot shuffling, pounding and pounding. Nowadays it is done in the same way for many kinds of music. Children and adolescents generally make it faster, faster, and more precise than adults.
Where did the clogging come from?
Blockages go back to European folk dances and jigs from the 16th century. It was attributed to the dances of the Scottish-Irish steppers, Dutch cloggs (in wooden shoes or in soft shoes with wooden soles), Euro-Russian Gypsies and English-French-German folk dancers. On this continent, the immigrants who settled in Canada, the Appalachians, and the mountainous regions of the south developed their own early style. Amongst all the early settlers who liked to stomp and dance were the Native Americans, Frontiersmen, African Americans, cowboys, farmers, ranchers and hillbillys, mountain dwellers, and small town dwellers. All of these regional sects have influenced clogging styles in one way or another. Today it is characterized by contemporary clogging groups and by the different types of modern music in addition to the traditional ones.
How is clogging taught or done?
In general, clogging is learned in groups under a teacher who carefully teaches his terminology and step routines, and ensures that it is done at the time of the music. However, if no such group is nearby, educational videos and DVDs can be found in some dance shops and on the Internet.
In short, the basic plugging step is a double-toe tip made with one of your feet, followed by kicking on the balls of each foot. First, starting with your left foot, swipe your toe forward and then back, tap, and then tap the same foot (ball). Immediately after this left tap-tap-ball move, you step on your right ball and then return to your left ball. That’s it, the basic step, left-to-tap-forward, left-toe-tap-backward, left-step-ball, right-step-ball, left-step-ball.
Now repeat this step movement, starting with your right foot and then alternately with your left. Once you have learned to repeat this step fleet-footed, you will be able to easily make the slight variations. As your balance and squat skills increase, you will move to longer and slightly varied routines based on these steps. In addition, you can play alone, with a partner, or within a group, as in line dancing or as a team. You can also develop your own solo freestyle routines.
Note: The initial double-toe tap of the basic step can also be performed as a heel-to-toe tap, as is sometimes done in certain parts of the country. The basic motion is the same as above, except that the initial toe tap is replaced with a heel tap, a heel down arrow, a down arrow backward pass, a step ball, a step ball, a step ball and so on.
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