Traditional Dance - Appalachian Clogging (Stepping)

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Getting Cloggin'

Chugs

Use the same rhythm pattern this time starting with the OFF
beat.

With feet together slide both feet backward on the OFF
beat, slide both feet forwards on the ON beat, pushing into the floor so that the heels make a satisfying chug, bend the knees.

&
tick
back pull
1
tock
fwd slide
&
tick back pull
2
tock fwd
slide
&
tick back
pull
3
tock fwd
slide
&
tick back pull
4
tock fwd slide
&
tick back pull
5
tock fwd slide
&
tick back pull
6
tock fwd slide
&
tick back pull
7
tock fwd slide
&
tick back pull
8
tock fwd
slide

Chugs can be fancied up a little by changing the direction of the feet on the forward chug, both pointing left, both pointing right, away from each other or pigeon toed.

As both feet are on the floor for a chug step, this can cause a bit of a problem sometimes when going into another step or mixing up steps, remember the forward movement is on the ON beat, so the OFF beat of the next step will follow immediately so weight transference needs to be anticipated. Beats might need to be missed out or a slight pause taken to wait to pick up on the correct beat.

Rocking Step or Three Stomps

This step has the rhythm tock tick
tock and rocks from one foot to the other with a gap of (&) in-between.

1
tock
R
&
tick
L
2
tock
R
(&)
wait
3
tock
L
&
tick
R
4
tock
L
wait
5
tock
R
&
tick
L
6
tockR
(&)
wait
7
tockL
&
tick
R
8
tock
L
(&)
wait

All three steps can be stamped or stomped loudly to give variation and a finish. Notice that the count is to 8 this helps the dancer to think in "phrases" that will fit a whole line of music.

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