Danced by Carrie Davies

English clogs, or wooden soled shoes with leather uppers, were worn by workers in mills, mines or wherever it was damp underfoot. They have been part of English history for a long time but are mainly associated with the industrial towns of the North of England during the 19th Century. They were popular due to their cheapness and durability.

Workers made up clog dances for their own entertainment. The noise of the wooden soles on the floor made it possible for the dancers to beat out rhythms, using their clogs as a percussion instrument to accompany a tune played on a melody instrument (usually a concertina). In these videos Paul Hudson is playing a 'melodeon' with metal reeds like a mouth organ but with bellows to push and pull the air past the reeds.

You can think of a clog dancer as a percussionist who uses their clogs to produce a variety of rhythms to accompany a melody. Instead of learning straight away to dance in clogs you may like to learn to play the rhythms on percussion instruments.

Alex Woodcock's Waltz
Danced to the tune 'The Crooked Bawbee'

On the following pages you can learn more about the music, rhythms & steps danced by Carrie for

Alex Woodcock's Waltz

so that you can follow what is happening and learn how to appreciate and enjoy the performance.

There are six different "steps" or "step sequences" in this waltz.


Diddy Dixon's Westmorland
Exhibition Routine
What you can achieve with practice!
This video shows a more advanced dance routine.

You will be able to appreciate this more after studying the Alex Woodcock's Waltz in some detail.

You can also click on Learning and teaching notes below for:

• more information about clog dances,

• help with learning and teaching clog,

• advice on how to start clog dancing as a beginner and how to play music for clog dances.


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