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Tappalachian use Appalachian clogging dance steps combined with complex figures to create dances to Old-Time american dance tunes. We are based in South Hertfordshire and perform at events and festivals across the south.

Appalachian Clogging is a fun and lively form of percussive dance from the Appalachian Mountain region on the eastern side of the USA.

 

When the English, Scottish and Irish settled there they took with them a rich tradition of music, song and dance.  Some of the step dance traditions were thrown into the melting plot of the multi-ethnic community along with dances brought over with the slaves and some of the native Cherokee Indian ritual dance steps.  Out of this pot has come a truly American form of step dancing that, at present, is enjoying a healthy return to some of its original sources in Britain, and back again on an exciting exchange, proving it to be a thriving, living tradition!

 

It is essentially a solo freestyle and improvised form of dance, although it has become a very successful team and performance dance form since the folk revival in the 1930s.  Traditionally dancers wore the hard leather soled shoes of the time, dancing on porches and wooden floors to Old Timey music of the fiddle and banjo.  Nowadays tap shoes are often worn for performance.  Clogging is very much about accompanying the music and being the percussion in the band.  Although the music is always in 4/4 time, many syncopated steps have evolved enabling the dancers to really bring out the best percussive elements of any tune.

 

The term clogging is said to have originated in 1939.  President Roosevelt was entertaining British Royal guests with a performance by the Soco Gap Appalachian dancers.  The then Queen Elizabeth ( the late Queen Mother ) commented on the similarity to English Clog dancing and since then the dance has been called clogging.  It is also known in its various forms as; precision clogging, flatfooting, buck dancing and hoofing.

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