Friday, May 9, 2014

The Clogging Post

You remember when I said that I clog? Well, I thought I might expound upon that and actually tell you what clogging is.

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So maybe I've done that before. . .

 Clogging is like tap dancing in that it's a type of dance in which you have taps on the bottom of your shoes. But the taps are different. Often times, cloggers (because that's what we call ourselves), use a buck tap. A tap with a second tap on it so that there is two sounds: the metal on the floor and the metal against metal.

It's rather loud. My instructor once said we sound like a team of Clydesdales.

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A few of the basic steps are similar to some tap steps (a double step and a shuffle, a rock step and a ball change, at an advanced level we use the crimp roll too. . .). But normally clogging is choreographed very different. Tap dancing tends to appear more relaxed, while clogging can be very high energy (can be, not always. Depends on the level of the dance and the tempo of the song, recently I taught a beginner dance to a very slow song).

Clogging is technically a folk dance since it has no written history. It's derived from many different dance forms. It's a bit of a melting pot of dance forms, and is always changing. There are also many different styles of clogging.

Here's a video about the different styles. It's rather funny.


                                        


Unlike most dancers, cloggers usually start on the left foot. So I found the below a little amusing. :)


when you spend forever trying to get a step down and have to do it on the left #danceproblems
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Cloggers also put duct tape on the bottom of their shoes to keep from slipping.
 That really is just my understanding of it though. If you want to know more here's a link to an article by Jeff Driggs who's really delved deep into the question: What is clogging? (He's also a pretty good instructor.)

This is Gary Larsen's performance at the 2013 TCC Rally in Waco, Texas.


              


And that's clogging.

Clogging.....
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4 comments:

  1. Ohhh, so THAT'S clogging. I was totally picturing those Holland clogs-shoes-thingies, so...um, yeah. >_< NOW I know!! This post = very awesome.

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    1. Haha. XD Yeah, a lot of people think that at first.

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  2. Ah, that's really cool! How long have you been clogging?

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    1. I'm glad you like it. :) I've been clogging for about 7 to 8 years.

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