Clogging is a form of expressive American dance that has its roots in folk dances from the British Isles, Africa, and pre-Columbian America. Settlers in the American South combined parts of these forms to create a distinct American dance style known as Appalachian clog dancing. In modern times, clogging has been adopted by dancers around the world.
Clog dancing is not commonly found today but it was very popular in the early years of this country. The opening lines of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were written by a clogger named Francis Scott Key while he was a prisoner on board a British ship during the War of 1812. He observed the star-spangled banner being flown from the ship's mast and used this memory as inspiration for his poem "O'er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."
Key didn't know it at the time, but when he wrote those words they would become the national anthem of every man, woman, and child in our nation.
After the Civil War ended, people started gathering in towns across the country to dance. Cloggers would perform for their audience who would shout suggestions for how the dances should be played. The dancer would then proceed to play according to the crowd's demands.
Clogging evolved largely from Irish step dancing, known as the Sean-nos dance, but there were additional influences from English, Scottish, German, and Cherokee step dances, as well as African rhythms and movement. Clogging eventually gave way to tap dancing.
The word "clog" comes from the Irish language and means "to walk heavily." Thus, a "cloggie" is someone who walks heavily or no at all. The first clogs were made out of oak logs that had been split down the middle by hand or with an ax and then sanded smooth on both sides. They had flat bottoms called "soles" and spikes around the edge called "heels." Inside each log was hollowed out further to make a room for your feet when they got too hot standing outside in the rain or snow. There were no shoes back then, only boots.
People started wearing these clogs instead of their feet getting hurt walking on rocks and sticks outside of their homes. As time passed, tools became available again and again until finally metals were used instead of wood. These new materials needed to be shaped into some sort of foot protection before they could be used. That's where boxes come in. Boxes are great for shaping different kinds of material into useful objects.
History. English clog dance developed in the 18th century during the Industrial Revolution in England. It is claimed to have originated in Lancashire cotton mills, where wooden-soled clogs were favoured over leather soles because the floors were maintained wet to assist keep humidity high, which is vital in cotton spinning. The dances that evolved used this instrumentation and are thus called "clog dances".
Today, clog dancing is popular across the world, with many clubs forming in various cities around the United States.
It is believed that the term "clog" comes from the fact that these instruments were once made out of wood (as opposed to today's metal versions). The word "clog" also comes from the Irish language and means "wooden shoe".
There are several theories as to how the dance came about. One theory is that it was used by mill workers as a way of working off excess energy caused by heavy labor. Another theory is that it originated with miners who used their feet to push away any stones that may have been lying on the ground. Yet another theory is that it originated with sailors who used their feet to move away any sea creatures that may have been caught in their nets.
Whatever its origin may be, the dance has since become popular with people looking for a fun activity to do in their spare time. Today, clog dancers can be found at club events all over the world.
The dancers would use their clogs as an instrument by hitting them against each other and against objects such as railings or walls to create music.
In fact, English clog dancing is a type of street dancing that uses elements of jazz, funk, and rock 'n' roll. It became popular among mill workers who used it to pass the time while waiting for jobs to come in at factories. Today, it's enjoyed by people everywhere who enjoy making music from any source available around them.
Clogging is still popular in the United States. It can be seen at festivals such as Blackberry Way Jam in South Carolina and at local events such as the American Clogging Association's National Championship held every year in North Carolina.
In Canada, clogging is popular among older adults living in retirement communities. They meet up regularly at community centers across the country to dance together.
In Australia, clogging is popular among young people who go "cloggin'" after school activities such as football and netball. The term is also used as a verb meaning to walk around doing something fun such as clogging.