RACHEL'S DANCE CONNECTION

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CLOGGING...... FOR AGES 4 YEARS AND UP

 Clog dance is a dance of very exciting sounds with the special taps
making the rhythms. It is truly an American concept with some Irish,
Scottish and Canadian step dancing. Contemporary clog dancing is
done not only to country music, but also more upbeat & pop music,
with very intricate fast patterns. Progress at your own pace and
advance to the performing team.

 

Rachel's Dance Connection has dancers from 4 years on up through an adult team.  There are opportunities for each dancer to progress and perform with the team in which they gain confidence in their skills and feel comfortable in front of an audience.  Mixed with a little modern jazz and hip-hop is the most awesome fun to learn music rhythm and timing in the click of the clogging taps.
 
Clogging today is less impromptu and more complicated than the simple rhythmic dance begun by our ancestors.  New influences are creeping into the dance because of popular culture.  Tap dancing, Canadian Step Dancing, Irish Hard Shoe and even street dancing and hip-hop influences are being seen to bear on the style of steps and dances performed by cloggers today.  Performing teams wearing brightly colored costumes , calico or sequins have sprung up everywhere, providing entertainment with impressive precision footwork.  Clogging Competitions across the country bring together teams from East and West to vie for trophies, honors and cash prizes. 

 In the US. there are two forms of clogging:  traditional Appalachian flatfoot dance and precision (a/k/a modern) clogging,  Traditional Appalachian style cloggers dance only to live music, either (1) string based music of the southern Appalachian mountains - fiddle, banjo and guitar, or (2) bluegrass music.  Precision cloggers, on the other hand, dance to a variety of recorded music, from rock to country & western.  Precision clogging emphasizes uniformity, everyone clogging the same step at the same time, and teams wear elaborate costumes with taps on their shoes. 

 There are opportunities for each dancer to progress and perform with the team in which they gain confidence in their skills and feel comfortable in front of an audience.  Mixed with a little modern jazz and hip-hop it is the most awesome fun way to learn music rhythm and timing in the click of the clogging taps.

 

The teenagers love this style of dance.  It is popular with both females and males dancers. Here is a group called All That who just recently performed on America's Got Talent.

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!....... Rachel's cloggers took home a high Gold for a solo performance routine and a 2nd place Gold for their group routine at the Celebrity Dance Competition this past weekend. 

WAY TO GO GIRLS!!!!!! 

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