Traditional Dance and Music In Schools
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Music to get your feet tapping. Why not get up and do some clogging. Great exercise and teaches rhythm and foot coordination.
Originating in Lancashire around the end of the 18th century, clog dancing was a natural activity for the people who went to work in the textile mills of the industrial revolution.
Clogs were a warm, dry and cheap item of footware and the metal rims made a sharp tapping sound on the flagstones. The weavers would rattle their feet to keep warm and tap out rhythms in time with the machinery to keep their spirits up through the long hours at work.
These simple steps were put together to make dances and by the 1850's every village had their champion clog dancer, much in demand at weddings, barn dances, harvest homes etc.
The dances soon spread and developed regional styles, emigrants even took them to the Appalachian mountains of America.
The "Corner Boys" of Lancashire met on street corners and learned to dance on flagstones with iron-
Clog dancing reached its height in popularity in Lancashire between the 1870's and 1890's but during the 20th century picture houses and variety shows offered people alternative entertainment. Fortunately there was a revival in interest in the 1950's enabling the old dancers to pass on their skills to future generations.
Although wearing clogs is thought of as a feature northern life, clogs were worn in the south of England in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Clog, Step and Basic Percussive Dance
What Tradamis offers
Percussive dance workshop, teaching the basic skills of rhythmic, percussive dance without the need for specialist footwear (hard soled outdoor shoes required – not trainers)
Demonstration/presentation explaining history & origins and regional characteristics
Investigate with pupils different ways of creating percussive rhythms eg clapping stamping feet work with the percussive rhythms to create an accompaniment for dancing. To appreciate the relationship between working environments and traditional dances
Devise simple movements and steps using the creative rhythms
Create and rehearse percussive movement sequences
Plenary session – consider ways of developing the movements to create unique styles and dances
Watching & listening -
Dance styles/specific backgrounds
Yorkshire Mill dance
Welsh Broom steps
Solo stepping/competition dances
Northwest Clog Morris
Where can you get clogs?
Phil Howard 0161 494 0224
Trefor Owen 07712 822453
For second hand clogs try e-
English clogs have wooden soles, with leather uppers
Today, clogs which we for dancing have wooden soles without rubbers or irons so that they don't mark or damage floors.
Trefor Owen Clogmaker