Clog Stepping for Beginners Workshop

The Morris Federation launched a series of online workshops, talks and demos over Winter 2020-2021.  Here is a review of a 2-part Clog Stepping for Beginners workshop run on 2nd and 9th January by Georgia Shorrock of Hadrian Clog, based in Northumberland.

Jill Griffiths writes:

Clog Beginners Jill Griffiths“I’ve been a Cotswold dancer for more than 40 years, I dabbled in North West at University and have danced rapper intermittently for 20 years. However learning clog stepping has passed me by. They say you should start something new in lockdown so I dusted down my rapper shoes, cleared the rug from the conservatory floor and took part in the beginners clog stepping workshop.

“The classes were taught, in 2 sessions, by Georgia Shorrock of Hadrian Clog over Zoom. There were over 80 participants at both sessions, from the UK Netherlands and USA, and she taught us a Lancashire Waltz.

Georgia Shorrock on zoom“The first thing that struck me is that it must be so difficult to teach dance to a virtual class when you can’t see how well the class is doing. Also you have to keep up a monologue and draw that fine line between following the slowest learner and the fastest learner – neither of whom she could see! Georgia was brilliant. She would teach us a step and then we would communicate with thumbs up (or down). The chat function was used to ask questions and make comments. Again, usefully, Pauline (MF President) relayed some of these so Georgia could concentrate on the teaching.

“The second thing I noticed was that the good thing about learning this way, in isolation, is that I could hear my own stepping. It wasn’t drowned out by others stepping around me. I could hear whether I was in time with Georgia and adjust accordingly.

Clog Beginners Georgia feet“After the first workshop, we were sent a video of Georgia stepping together with notation and music. This meant I was able to practise (and correct what I had not learnt properly) before the second session. We learnt the final 3 steps in the second week and managed a run through of the whole routine.

“My expectations beforehand were to get a flavour of clog stepping and the workshops definitely delivered this. Congratulations to Georgia for a brilliantly taught workshop and please, if possible, would we be able to do another.

by Jill Griffiths of Windsor Morris and Insword Rapper

Resources

After the workshop Georgia Shorrock kindly donated these resources to help participants practice the dance:

Nov 06
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Considering Morris Dance Costumes as English National Dress" - Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 07
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Workshop - Whitby Toesday Hornpipe Clog Routine for Beginners/Intermediate (tbc) - Melanie Barber (LIVE on Zoom)
Nov 14
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Talk - "A History of Mumming" - Stephen Rowley (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 04
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” - Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 11
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Morris Dolls in the Museum of British Folklore" - Simon Costin (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 12
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Straw Bear - 40 Years of Straw & String" - Brian Kell (LIVE on Zoom)
Apr 09
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joint Morris Organisations' Day of Dance 2022
Sep 24
All day
Morris Federation Day of Dance and AGM 2022

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