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Kick Start Appalachian Step Dancers

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 5 Jul 2008 7:50 pm

Kick Start Appalachian Step Dancers
Meet at the Scout Hut on Saturdays, 10.00am to 12.00 noon

On the Harvesters website:

"..........In 1998, in response to local demand, Sue ran an Appalachian Precision Clogging workshop that was intended to run for ten weeks only. The new members were so enthusiastic that they had mastered the initial curriculum long before the end of the ten weeks and Sue was forced to find more dance steps for them. At the end of the ten weeks, and with three American members who had all danced the steps in their native States, the inevitable decision was taken to form a performing squad, and they took the name Kick Start. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, appearing in fetes, concerts and invitation dance outs at Festivals................"

About Clogging:

"..........Clogging is an American rhythmic dance in which the feet produce sounds to accompany the beat of the music. It is differentiated from other percussive step dance by the up and down movement of the body. The body is down with bent knees on the step (on the down beat) and it is up with straight legs on the up beat, also called the off beat (the beats in between the down beats). This is the general pattern in clogging, but more complex steps may deviate from this pattern.
Clogging is built around the shuffle (two sounds from your toe), the step (dropping your weight onto a flat foot) and the rock (stepping on the ball of your foot). It also frequently uses brushes and chugs. A brush is a single sound from either the heel or toe; the heel as your foot moves forward and the toe as your foot moves backward. A chug is an up or down movement of the body produced by a slight backwards hop that raises you up on the balls of your feet, followed by a slight forward movement that drops your weight down on your flat feet. Another style within Appalachian clogging is 'flat footing' which is based on the walking step............................"

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