Have you ever wanted to do something excitingly challenging for you knowing it’s good for you and doesn’t require a lot of tedious work from you. Then that is something clog dancing, also known as clogs. You can do it alone, with a partner or in a group. All three ways are fun, fun, fun. And if you join an organized hiding group, you’ll find yourself with a new set of friends as you become more acceptable to yourself and your peers. Because hiding groups are special in their own way, you will be too.
What is Constipation?
Various sources describe the American form of clogging as hillbilly-tapping or foot-stamping folk dancing, where the dancer makes musically synchronized sounds with his/her feet. In the past it was done to mountain and bluegrass music with high kicking leg movements combined with foot shuffling, stomping and tapping. Today it is done the same way in many types of music. Kids and teens generally do it at high speed, faster and more accurately than adults.
Where does constipation come from?
Clogging dates back to 16th century or earlier European folk dances and jigs. It can be traced back to the dances of the Scots-Irish steppers, Dutch cloggers (done in clogs or soft wooden-soled shoes), Euro-Russian gypsies and Anglo-French-German folk dancers. In this continent it evolved into its own early style through the immigrants who settled in Canada, the Appalachians and the hill regions of the south. Among all the early settlers who loved to stomp and dance were the Native Americans, frontiersmen, African Americans, cowboys, ranchers, ranchers and the backwoods, mountain people, and small town people. All of these regional sects have influenced the hiding styles in one way or another. Nowadays it is further shaped by contemporary clog groups, and by the different types of modern music in addition to the traditional.
How is constipation taught or done?
In general, clogging is taught in groups under the guidance of an instructor who carefully teaches the terminology and step routines, making sure it is done to the beat of the music. However, if such a group is not available, instructional videos and DVDs can be found in some dance stores and on the Internet.
In short, the basic clog step is a double toe tap done with one of your feet followed by stepping on the balls of each foot. Starting with your left foot, brush your toe forward and then back, knock Knockand then step on the same foot (ball). Immediately after that turn left tap-tap-ball movement, step onto your right ball, then step back onto your left ball one more time. That’s it, the basic step, left toe tap forward, left toe tap back, left step ball, right step ball, left step ball.
Now repeat this stepping motion, starting with your right foot and then again with your left, alternating. Once you’ve learned to repeat this step in a light-footed manner, you can easily perform the small variations. As your balance and knee bending ability improve, move to longer and slightly varied routines based on these steps. Moreover, you can do them solo, with a partner or in a group, such as line dance or as a team. You can also develop your own solo freestyle routines.
Note: The first double toe tap of the basic step can also be done as a heel-toe tap as it is sometimes done in certain parts of the country. The basic move is the same as above, except that the initial toe tap is replaced with a heel tap, such as heel-tap-forward, toe-tap-backward, step-ball, step-ball, step-ball and so on.
Where is it done?
Clogging can be learned or done anywhere, in the countryside or in the villages, towns and villages, usually on a fairly hard surface. Today, organized clogging is usually done within local clogging groups led by certified instructors. These groups meet and practice in schools, gymnasiums, churches, civic centers, ballrooms, garages, or homes large enough to accommodate them. Membership includes all ages and types, both adults and youth. These groups often have members who regularly participate in regional clogging events in addition to relaxing in the group and having fun. Many of the competitive dancers are young people who can learn it easily and quickly.
Because these groups are generally non-profit and semi-private, only a few are listed in the Yellow Pages. Yet there are clogging groups all over North America, similar to the way square dance clubs do. If you have a square dance club nearby, chances are they can direct you to a hiding group. Some hiding groups can also be found on the internet.
In addition, in the regions where clogging has been routinely performed for decades, the localized clogging can spontaneously come together without much organization. These clogs appear at local parks, community events, or county fairs, where small portable wooden clog floors and recorded music are available for them and anyone who wants to try. A violinist, guitarist or banjo player may also turn up there.
How is constipation organized?
Modern hiding groups are organized under non-profit federations. That is, each group operates under its own statutes and the general provisions of a state council or council. The state board or state council may sponsor annual workshops for the local chartered groups to participate in. Such workshops provide expert hiding instruction, demonstrations, competitions and entertainment such as performances, games or types of parties. They also provide views of recent music, cue sheets, equipment resources, and other hiding information.
How much is it?
Generally, group members pay annual dues to keep the group solvent, about $20-50. The contribution covers the costs of rental space, member insurance and a newsletter. For guest beginners, the only cost is for the instruction, $10-50, for approximately 10 weeks of classes, one to two evenings per week. If you decide to pursue clogging after graduation, you’ll need leather clogging shoes with “jingle” (double-action) taps attached, $35-70. The contribution and shoes are the most important costs. Normally the dress codes are casual, T-shirts and jeans or shorts, for weekly classes or practice sessions. You don’t need any special attire unless you decide to perform competitively with the group, or perform entertainingly with them for local charities, senior centers, conventions and festivals. Yet the outfits are often homemade.
Hiding groups are family-friendly and socially fun. Because they include children, these groups maintain high standards of behavior for their membership. They hold lots of get-togethers, potlucks, holiday parties, and fun times for everyone. However, some groups are adult-only or youth-only. This condition occurs in older adults whose children have left home, or in young people who often travel to many games. Still other groups can be divided into both adults and youth for training purposes. This kind of organization means participation in some form is available to almost everyone there. So, if you’re looking for a clean, fun way to burn off your energy, while reclaiming some of it with other benefits, give clog dancing a try. Your beautiful footwork will gracefully glide you across the floor, faster and more uniquely than most people can.