Traditional Dance - Appalachian Clogging (Stepping)

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Steps using the heel of the supporting leg to make the "Took"

Instead of walking on the ON beat try marking time by making a tap by lifting and dropping the heels, try this whilst standing on one leg (the supporting leg) and marking the ON beat with this heel, this means that the other leg (the working leg) is free to move around to make the tick without taking any weight, it does this by striking the floor as it passes it.

First try swinging the working foot backwards and forwards striking the floor on the OFF beat and marking the ON beat with the heel of the working foot.

Swing the working foot across the front of the supporting leg so that it works like the pendulum of a clock, let it strike the floor just in front of the supporting foot as it passes, swing the working foot across behind the supporting leg again working it like the pendulum of a clock and striking the floor as it passes. One complete pendulum swing across the front and one complete pendulum swing across the back makes the Buck and Wing. Some dancers clap the sole of the working foot as it swings near to the hand.

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tick
tap
L
1
tock
heel

R
&
tick tap
L
2
tock
heel

R
&
tick tap
L
3
tock
heel

R
&
tick tap
L
4
tock
heel
R
&
tick
tap
L
5
tock
heel

R
&
tick tap
L
6
tock
heel

R
&
tick tap
L
7
tock
heel
R
&
tick tap
L
8
tock
heel

R

Wagon Wheels

The working foot looks as though it makes a circle behind the supporting leg. Using the same pattern as above swing the working leg across behind the supporting leg making a tap as it passes the floor as for the Buck and Wing then let it continue up and round as if drawing a circle behind the supporting leg.

AH of these steps use the tick, tock rhythm.

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