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Clog Dance

Clogs are working shoes and worn throughout Europe especially in damp places like Holland and cotton mills (high humidity for the cotton). Tapping to rhythms would be natural, and that it developed into an art form is hardly surprising.

There are stories of competitions where cloggers would perform on the delivery trap of public houses while the judges stood underneath in the cellar to listen.

Nowadays cloggers are often seen en masse and some spectacular forms have emerged such as the Appalachian Clog Dancing with high kicks, syncopation, fancy footwork.