There are contemporary and traditional styles of clogging.
Contemporary clogging is often danced to songs you may hear on the radio. Hanson-MmmBop. N'SYNC-Dirty Pop. Nikki Minaj. The list goes on. This style is choreographed to have all the dancers in-sync with one another and includes jazz/hip hop. Check it out!
Traditional clogging is performed to bluegrass music. It is the whole nine years- crinoline wearing, bow bearing, yee-haw-ing cloggin'. "Paddle faster I hear banjos"...and when you get there, there will most likely be a group of cloggers movin' their feet as fast as they can move. Check it out!
|A crinoline-- aka: the white poofy thing under my skirt.|
After months of trying with no success my mom
|Praying before going on stage -- Appalachian Rhythm|
As a got older, I moved up in groups and began taking lessons from Elise Sigmon. Elise is one of the most talented dancer and choreographer I have ever met. She cared for her dancers and you could see her love and passion for clogging through her dancers. I feel blessed to have been taught by a wonderful leader and friend. In high school, Elise and Ashley created the Appalachian Rhythm Clogging & Dance Studio. There I continued to take classes until I graduated high school. Some of my most fond memories were made at that studio and I will never forget the people that were as close to me as family on that team.
|BMC goes British -- England Trip 2013|
|Bailey Mountain Cloggers 2013|
My compassion and love for clogging grew as I grew older. When deciding where to go to college, I chose to attend 1 out of 2 colleges in the country that had a clogging team. Mars Hill University. Home of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers. I never could've imagined the impact the team would have on me. Through this team I have been presented with so many opportunities I never would've dreamed happening. International trips (England!-more to come in a later post), dancing on the news, and seeing little kids light up at the sight of clogging--just to name a few. Being a part of this team for the past four years has been a dream. Magical. This team is my home away from home. The family that I could not have picked better myself. And we are just that. A family. We fight, we laugh, we love, and we're there for one another when we need someone to lean on. This team is like none other; truly one-of-a-kind. I could not be more blessed than to spend this extra semester with these wonderful, diverse group of people I call my teammates.
|The Girls of Bailey Moutain|
**I'm the brunette, that's super cheesin'
Hopefully I have changed your outlook on clogging--no longer picture the wooden clogs and only bluegrass music. So what are you passionate about, what drives you? What do you think of clogging? Let me here it peeps!
**Second from the right; I'm rockin' the perm-a-grin but our faces are whited out.
To see the Tweetsie Railroad Cloggers, click here.