Monday, October 21, 2013

30 Songs in 30 Days, Day 9 - A song that you can dance to

Dire Straits - Walk of Life

My 30 Day Song Challenge is definitely challenging me.

Let me be very clear. I do not dance. I am incapable. I am emotionally repressed. I will never be able to dance.

I can, however, clog.

For those who don't know, `Clogging is a truly American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains and now enjoys widespread popularity throughout the United States and around the world.

As the Appalachians were settled in the mid 1700′s by the Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch-Germans, the folk dances of each area met and began to combine in an impromptu foot-tapping style, the beginning of clog dancing as we know it today. Accompanied by rousing fiddle and bluegrass music, clogging was a means of personal expression in a land of newfound freedoms.
The word “Clog” comes from the Gaelic, and means “time”. Clogging is a dance that is done in time with the music-to the downbeat usually with the heel keeping rhythm (from clogon.com)`.
So, I'm not quite sure how clogging differs from tap, because we both wear tap shoes.
All I know is that I follow direction well, and it is surprisingly easy to memorize a CLOGGING routine. 
That's not dancing, it's following orders. 
To music. 
With tap shoes on.
ALL THAT! Clogging Group at Kentucky halftime

Walk of Life cue sheet