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L. Gregory Lund Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.

Clogging Glossary
By Greg Lund


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Ft listed in parenthesis indicates non-weighted movement.

Charleston
Step on ball of L ft (ct &); bring heel of L ft down (ct 1); touch ball of R ft in front of L while bouncing on ball of L ft (ct &); bring heel of L ft down (ct 2). Repeat cts 1-2 with opp ftwk and direction (cts &,3,&,4); repeat cts 1-2 (cts &,5,&,6); drag on L as R toe taps floor back (ct &); slide on L (ct 7); DTS (cts &,ah,8).

(C) Chug
Slide on one ft while lifting and bending knee of free ft.

Drag
With wt on one or both ft, knees slightly bent, straighten knee(s)f, scooting back with heel on floor as toes come off floor slightly and return to floor sharply creating sound with the toe taps (ct &).

(DTS) Double Toe Step OR Drag Toe Step
Drag on one ft as opp ft extends fwd (ct &); strike toe tap of free ft on floor as ft pulls in (ct ah); step on free ft (ct 1).

(H) Heel

(K) Kick
Drag on one ft as opp ft extends fwd (ct &); slide on same ft while bending knee of free ft while in the air (ct 1).

(R) Rock
Step on ball of ft beside and slightly other ft (ct &).

Scoops
Two kicks, 1st is crossed slightly in front (cts &,1); 2nd is in front and slightly out to the side (cts &2).

Slide
With wt on one or both ft, knees straight, bend knees scooting fwd on balls of ft as heels come off floor slightly and return to floor sharply, creating sound with the heel taps (ct 1).

Stamp
Heavy stepping movement without wt change.

(S) Step

Stomp
Heavy stepping mnovement with change of wt.

xif
Cross in front.

xb
Cross behind

The Drag-Slide movements in contemporary clogging is continuous throughout the dance unless the step being executed makes the Drag-Slide impossible. The result is the unwritten rule that when one knee is bent, both knees are bent. And when one knee is straight, both knees are straight.


Used with permission of the author.
Reprinted from the 1999 and 2000 Stockton Folk Dance Camp syllabi.