Continuing Flatfooting & Clogging
Continuing Flatfooting & Clogging with Carla Gover
Flatfooting and clogging are part of a continuum of dance styles that evolved in the mountains as musical and dance traditions from Europe and Africa blended to create new forms. The styles are highly individual and vary between regions and dancers. They’re enjoyed as a form of social dancing perfect for square dances, jam sessions, and those occasions where a fiddle tune is so good that it moves the spirit to dance! They’re also sometimes performed in choreographed routines by dance groups throughout the world.
In this class, students will
learn a variety of basic steps that will allow them to dance along to fiddle tunes and old-time string band music.
explore some of the nuances that define the style
come away with a series of moves to practice and play with
begin to develop a basic tool kit of flatfoot dance moves and rhythms.
understand the differences between basic clogging and flatfooting steps, and learn elements of each style
Beginners and continuing learners welcome. We’ll review the basics for beginners and also explore ways to go further with the steps for more experienced dancers. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Students should wear smooth-soled shoes that make a sound on the floor. Options include boots, tap shoes without the taps installed, character shoes, leather-bottom wingtips, or any other shoe that is comfortable and resonant, and allows for sliding. (Taps are not recommended at this level, although they are sometimes worn for performance).