Clogging is a truly American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains and now enjoys widespread popularity throughout the United States and around the world.
As the Appalachians were settled in the mid 1700's by the Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch-Germans, the folk dances of each area met and began to combine in an impromptu foot-tapping style, the beginning of clog dancing as we know it today. Accompanied by rousing fiddle and bluegrass music, clogging was a means of personal expression in a land of newfound freedoms.
Clogging is a dance that is done in time with the music- to the downbeat usually with the heel keeping rhythm.
As clogging made its way to the flatland, other influences shaped it. From the Cherokee Indians, to African Blacks, and Russian Gypsies, clogging has enveloped many different traditions to become truly a "melting pot" of step dances.
To read more about the history of clogging, please go to www.doubletoe.com, our national clogging website, which gives a thorough background of clogging history.
Find a local clogging group
Once you have learned the basic steps of clogging and feel ready to join a local clogging group, go to www.doubletoe.com , our national website for clogging. There is a complete list of the country's registered clogging groups and information on how to contact them to join.
Do your clogging shoes become untied while dancing? Check out the video at Sugarfoot's website to learn how to fix it so your shoes stay tied. It's easy and it could save you from a fall on the dance floor.