Clog dance, the original percussive street dance, developed in the weaving and mining towns of east Lancashire, with intricate rhythms and fancy moves that made their way from the street, through competitions and onto the music hall stage.
This is a fun day with classes for all levels from complete beginner to advanced. Experienced teachers and musicians guide you through the stepping, and by the end of the day you will have a dance to show off at a party or on the street.
The classes offered are:
For beginners, a Clog Waltz taught by Jo Evans
A bright and lively waltz with lots of action. There is a wide variety of steps, which makes it a specially good introduction to the clog waltz style. Great for choreographing for a group, but equally suitable for an interesting solo dance.
For improvers, a Mixed Rhythm Routine taught by Kathryn Tattersall
This fascinating dance has Hornpipe, Waltz and Lancashire Irish steps, which run on from each other. The fun for the dancer and musician is to move fluidly from one section to another, maintaining the feel and rhythm of each style in turn.
For intermediate level, the Whitby Hornpipe taught by Janice Dickson
An East Lancashire style of hornpipe using all parts of the clog, including the heels, to make a beat, with rounded, diagonal and straight shuffles. The dance has a bouncy dotted rhythm, and a showy style with lots of movement and variety, even including Lancashire jig steps performed to a hornpipe rhythm.
For advanced dancers, a Lancashire Irish routine taught by Ru Rose
This routine comes from the parties of the Smiths, an Irish family who lived in Nelson. Dancing began after the carpet had been rolled back, clogs were on and a double jig was played. A really exciting informal group dance, with some steps better danced as a solo or duet, whilst other steps are for everyone.