Traditional Dance - Appalachian Clogging (Stepping)

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Flatfoot

The walking steps are the basis of "Flatfooting" and are great to freestyle with as, once they are fluent, rhythms and riffs can be played by selecting whether to let a beat sound or not. Flatfooting feels like chewing gum, layed back, and rhythmically automatic, it can be really difficult to get out of a particular riff and it might take some time to work through this. Use the most fluent walking step to give time to think of what to do next. There are no real rules and regulations regarding Flatfooting it is all about ease of movement and dancing rhythmically, however it is more common to dance like this to Old -Timey tunes frailed on the banjo, or to lay down an intricate rhythm. It seems to be fine to mix up walking steps and shuffles, but it is also possible and very enjoyable to make the shuffle sound in a different way using walking steps.

Start by doing the step toe lift from the first section and bounce/tap the toe of the raised foot onto the floor before taking the weight bearing step. This will make the sound: tock tick-a-tock tick-a-tock and go from foot to foot.

Start with the two beat slide and let the front part of the sole of the foot hit the floor before the step. Step, slide backward, tap, step, slide backward, tap.

1
tock
wk

fwd R
(er) &
tick
slide
back
R
a
a
tapL
2 tock
step
L
(er) &
tick
slide
back
L
a
a
tap
R
3
tock
step

R
(er) &
tick
slide
back
R
a
atapL
4 tock stepL (er) &
tick
slide
back
L
a
a
tap
R
5
tock
step
R
(er) &
tick
slide
back
R
a
a
tap
L
6
tock
step
L
(er) &
tick
slide
back
L
a
a
tap
R
7
tock
step
R
(er) &
tick
slide
back
R
a
a
tap
L
8
tock
step

L
(er) &
tick
a a

Tock-er-tick

Start by stepping down on one leg (tock) swing the other leg forward striking the floor with either the heel or the ball of the foot (-er-) lift and tap either the heel or the toe of the supporting leg or slide backwards (tick). This will make the sound: tock-er-tick tock-er-tick tock-er-tick - going from foot to foot.

1
tock
wk
fwd
R
er
er
heel
L
&
tick
slide
back
R
(a) 2
tock
wk
fwd
L
er
er
Heel
R
&
tick
slide
back
L
(a) 3
tock
wk
fwd
R
er
er
heel
L
&
tick
slide
back
R
(a) 4
tock
wk
fwd

L
er
er
heel
R
&
tick
slide
back
L
(a)
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