Come Clog Dance with Me! 

May 23, 2017

Come Clog Dance with Me!

Born in Scotland, imagine my parent’s surprise when I took up square dancing over highland dancing in 1974 (I was an infant at the time). I stumbled upon a clogging demo at a Washington State Square Dance Festival in the early 1980’s and as the saying goes, “That’s all she wrote.” Clogging, a North American folk dance originated in the Appalachian Mountains. Irish, Scottish, English, Dutch and Germans, who settled there in the mid-1700s, played a role in developing this great dance form which now enjoys widespread popularity throughout the United States and around the world. 

The word “clog” means “time” in Gaelic. Clogging is done in time with the music - to the downbeat usually with the heel keeping rhythm. It is great exercise and, since no partner needed, the “exercise” level is completely up to you. All steps are cued by the instructor, so no need to memorize and no, we don't dance in wooden shoes. We wear lace up shoes similar to tap shoes. Music genres range from traditional bluegrass to modern hip hop. 

I started teaching in the early 1990’s and continue to this day. Clogging is in my bones. This is where YOU come in! I am honored and excited to share this form of dance at Plymouth UCC!  If you are interested in learning more about this fun dance form, please join me at 6 pm, Wednesday, June 7 in Room 221 (time may change when I get a consensus of class). Free parking available in Plymouth garage. Questions? Email or call me: DJacobsen@PlymouthChurchSeattle.org. I would LOVE to tell you more! -Diane Jacobsen



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