The Smithville Community will hold it's Annual Picnic on Monday evening, August 5 at 5 P.M. Please note the change of location, our picnic will be held at the pavilion at East Chippewa Church of Brethren located at 7207 Chippewa Rd., Orrville. We ask that you bring a dish to share and your own table service. Beverages will be furnished by the Board of Officers.
Our program for this evening will be presented by the Cedar Valley Cloggers. This dance group will display the dancing moves to present the Clog style of dancing.
Clogging itself is a bit of a “melting pot” borrowing movements and styles from traditional English, Scottish, Irish, African, and Native American folk dances. The word “clog” comes from the Gaelic word for time, which is fitting given the rhythmic nature of clogging footwork that becomes part of the performance thanks to the resounding tap-like shoes dancers wear.
The eighteenth-century Scottish and Irish settlers brought with them to the United States the clog, a step dance characterized by a very erect upper body, the additional influences of the traditional dance of Native Americans with its toe-heel, toe-heel movement and African American buck dancing, in which the arms hang loosely at the dancer’s sides, made for a distinctly American style. The basic clogging and buckdancing step consists’ of a double toe shuffle, where the dancer brushes forward the toe and then the heel of the free foot, shifts his or her weight to that foot, then rocks onto the other foot, before stepping back onto the foot that had originally been free. The leg is generally raised a little more than six inches off the ground in clogging, while the feet stay close to the ground in traditional buckdancing.
Team clogging, coupled dancers executing individual step dances together in group configurations, is a relatively new composite dance form that began in the 1920s in western North Carolina. Clogging is now presented in many states in America.