What is contemporary American clogging?
It is believed that American clogging started in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s, when Irish, English, and German immigrants shared their dance styles with each other as an evening’s entertainment. A true “melting pot” dance style emerged and evolved over the centuries. Some dance ethnographers note that many additional dance styles can be seen represented in clogging, including Native American dance and traditional African dance. One theory of its history says that clogging is the precursor to modern tap dance. Over the centuries, clogging has evolved to incorporate new influences. It can be danced to any genre of music with a suitable tempo. Contemporary clogging looks and sounds similar to tap dance. One of the unique elements of clogging is dancing with double-plated steel taps with rivets in the middle to allow an additional percussive sound when the foot strikes the floor
The Tucson Clogging Connection offers beginning, easy intermediate, and intermediate clogging classes throughout the year. Classes emphasize learning new steps and complete dances with some “cue and do” dancing included. Please contact us for the current schedule and additional details.
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Club Dance Instructor: Katie Popiel
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Club Representative: Shirley Young
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