Class Schedules & General Information

Winter & Spring 2014

  • Spring Session - Classes from March 10 to May 17
  • Annual Showcase - Sunday, May 18

 

FLATFOOTING/CLOGGING -- Saturday 1:00-2:00pm -- taught by Agi Kovacs

 
Clogging is a type of folk dance that originated in Europe where the dancers had wooden footwear. By striking the heel, the toe or both against the floor to create percussive rhythms (usually to the down beat), dancers accompany the music which was often English, Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes.
 
American clogging and traditional Appalachian clogging was a social dance in the early 18th century in the Appalachian Mountains and it evolved from English, Irish, German and Cherokee step dances along with some African rhythms and movements. The banjo actually was an African instrument that became very important to bluegrass and old-time music here in the United States. As the clogging style evolved over the years, so did the shoes. A simple leather soled shoe is used in "clogging," that was variously known as flatfooting, buck dancing, clog dancing, jigging, hoedown, etc., but what all of these had in common was the emphasis on the down beat to the music and basically just dancing the fiddle tune. 
 
Clogging is almost never a solo dance, most often people clog dance together while doing the same steps in unison making a "drag-slide" motion of the feet with bent knees that moves  across the floor. Flatfooting is also a freestyle solo dance where the feet stay really close to the floor a lot like the old style i\Irish dancing called Sean Nos dance. There are a few standard steps to flatfoot, but basically each person just dances to the rhythm of the tune by sliding the feet with a shuffling movement where the shoes don't make loud noises like in clogging. You can basically flatfoot  in very small areas where you have a bit of a hardwood or plywood surface like a porch or a deck if you don't happen to have your own portable dance board.