April 17, 2018
If Plymouth’s windows are rattling this weekend, don’t worry; it just means a whole lot of people are dancing for joy.
Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, members of Northwest Clogging Association from southern Oregon, Nanaimo and the Olympic Peninsula, gather at Plymouth’s Hildebrand Hall for their annual “Blast from the Past” spring event, a highly anticipated 10-year tradition for the 30-year-old organization.
Clog dancing instructors, many whom have danced for decades, will spend the day learning from one another and teaching beginners to intermediates classic, favorite routines choreographed to songs from up to 50 years ago. Musical genres cover the gamut from bluegrass to Lady Gaga.
New to this year’s event, the group also offers “Introduction to Clogging” every hour, on the hour (10 am to 5 pm) in Rooms 221, 223 and 225, opened to one large room. All ages and levels are invited to drop by throughout the day; give it a try or simply watch and marvel at the fast-moving feet of our region’s hottest clog dancers, including Plymouth’s own award-winning clog dancing instructor Diane Jacobsen.
If you want to get Diane talking, mention clog dancing. A square dancer since 1974, she discovered clogging in 1980 and started instructing in 1990. “It consumes me; clogging is in my soul. I can’t imagine my life without dancing; it’s my passion.”
Diane currently instructs clog dancing at Plymouth on Wednesday evenings. “It’s great exercise; you can learn at your own pace and no partner is necessary,” she adds.
Wear any comfortable shoes and clothing to move in. Get clogging!
Sunday, let the dancing continue when all are invited to attend an Earth Day Community Dance celebration at 5 pm in Plymouth Sanctuary. An all-ages event, bring the whole family, neighbors and friends; no experience or partner is necessary to ‘contradance’ (a type of line dance). Inspire your moves with live band “Improper,” headed up by Sean Bolton, Seattle fiddler/pianist, dance caller Kathleen Fruge-Brown and Plymouth fiddler Joan Griswold!
Plymouth Soul Choir will perform a circle dance; anyone who wants to participate, may meet at 10 am, Sunday, in Hildebrand Hall.
Enjoy refreshments and snacks between dance moves, graciously provided by Plymouth Chancel Choir. Tad Anderson plans a recycling demo. Donations of $5 to $20 benefit Earth Ministry, a Seattle organization devoted to transforming faith into action for the well-being of communities and the environment.