Traditional Dance - Appalachian Clogging (Stepping)

A how-to-do-it tutorial by Rosie Davis

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Putting it together 1

Listen to one of the slower tunes on the tape such as "The Long Fork of Buckhorn" and have a go at the steps that you have learned:Chugs (Bk. Fwd), Walking (Walk), Two beat walking step (Wk slide) and Three stomps (RLR LRL).If you would like a short dance to follow, try this - I have underlined where the step changes:




Claps - Tock tock tock tock tock etc.                
1
tock
clap
(&)
wait
2
tock
clap
(&)
wait
3
tock
clap
(&)
wait
4
tock
clap
(&)
wait
5
tock
walk

R
wait
6
tock
walk

L
(&)
wait
7
tock
walk
R
(&)
wait
8
tock
walk

L
(&)
wait

Two beat walk - Tock tick tock tick etc.              
1
tock
step
R
&
tick slide
R
2
tock step L
&
tick slide
L
3
tock
step
R
&
tick slide
R
4
tock
step

L
&
tick slide
L
5
tock
step

R
&
tick
slide
R
6
tock
step

L
&
tick slide
L
7
tock
step
R
&
tick slide
R
8
tock
step

L
&
tick slide
L

3 stomps - Tock tick tock wait etc.                
1
tock
step
R
&
tick step
L
2
tock
step

R
(&)
wait
3
tock
step
L
&
tick step
R
4
tock
step

L
wait
5
tock
step
R
&
tick step
L
6
tock
step
R
(&)
wait
7
tock
step
L
&
tick step
R
8
tock
step
L
&
tick
slide
back

Chugs – (Tick tock tick tock)                  
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
wait
5
tock step
L
&
tick
stepR
6
tock
step

L
wait
7
tock
step
R
&
tick
stepL
8
tock step
R
(&)
wait
              Three stomps (tock tick tock wait etc.)

Repeat this starting the walks on the left leg, play around with the steps and make up your own dance or "freestyle" - dance it as it comes.

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