• Greenwood Clog

    Dance Style: Step Clog

    Home: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

     

    The Greenwood Step Clog Dancers are based in Nottingham in the UK, and were formed in 1974 by Sue Grimes. We danced for the opening of the Broadmarsh Centre. At that time her husband was our musician. We were formed as an off shoot of NTMC (Nottingham Traditional Music Club 1967 - 1989), and consisted of the wives / morris widows of Dolphin Morris, Sullivans Sword, Old Oss Mummers and a rapper side. EFDSS connected Griff Jones put us in touch with Mandy for the basic Lancashire steps.

    We dance step clog, mostly from northern England, Scotland, and Wales, and choreograph all dances to suit our members and create a varied spectacle. Step-clog dancing involves fast and intricate steps, performed wearing clogs with wooden soles (ideally made of ash wood) and leather uppers. The best surface to dance on is a smooth resonant surface such as slate or hard wood.

    Wooden soled shoes were once common in industrial areas, particularly in northern England, south Scotland and south Wales. Step-clog dancing has been performed in these areas since the middle of the 19th century, sometimes in competition, sometimes as Music Hall entertainment.

    We dance at dawn every year on the 1st of May, about 5.15a.m., usually at Nottingham Castle.We share this event with the Foresters Morris Men, and all join for breakfast afterwards. We often dance out with the Foresters Morris Men, since we have several family members in common.

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