Greenwood Step Clog Dancers are based in Nottingham in the UK, and
were formed in 1974 by Sue Grimes. We danced for the opening of the
Broadmarsh Centre. At that time her husband was our musician. We were
formed as an off shoot of NTMC (Nottingham Traditional Music Club
1967 - 1989), and consisted of the wives / morris widows of Dolphin
Morris, Sullivans Sword, Old Oss Mummers and a rapper side. EFDSS
connected Griff Jones put us in touch with Mandy for the basic Lancashire
We dance step clog, mostly from northern
England, Scotland, and Wales, and choreograph all dances to suit our
members and create a varied spectacle.
Step-clog dancing involves fast and intricate steps, performed
wearing clogs with wooden soles (ideally made of ash wood) and leather
uppers. The best surface to dance on is a smooth resonant surface
such as slate or hard wood.
Wooden soled shoes were once common in industrial areas, particularly
in northern England, south Scotland and south Wales. Step-clog dancing
has been performed in these areas since the middle of the 19th century,
sometimes in competition, sometimes as Music Hall entertainment.
We dance at dawn every year on the 1st of May, about 5.15a.m.,
usually at Nottingham Castle.We share this event with the Foresters
Morris Men, and all join for breakfast afterwards.
We often dance out with the Foresters
Morris Men and Stone
Monkey rapper sword, since we have several family members in
Some of our members are involved in Freds
Folks Ceilidh Band.
Our programme of dancing out for 2017 includes the following. Other bookings will be added as they are confirmed.
Saturday 29th April – Newark Market Square 11am
Monday 1st May – Robin Hood Statue 5:20am
Saturday 6th May - Day of Dance with Ripley Green Garters
Monday 8th May – Crown Inn, Beeston NG9 1FY 8pm
Saturday 13th May – JMO Day of Dance, Leicester
Monday 15th May – Sir John Borlase Warren NG7 3GD 8pm
Monday 22rd May – Canal House, Nottingham NG1 7EH – 8pm
Monday 5th June – Carpenters Arms, Dale Abbey DE7 4PP 8pm;
Royal Oak, Ockbrook DE72 3SE 9pm
Monday 12th June – Boat and Horses, Beeston NG9 1LP 8pm;
Star Inn, Beeston NG9 1FX 9pm
Monday 19th June – White Lion Kimberley NG16 2PQ 8pm;
Dewdrop Inn Ilkeston DE7 5TE 9pm
Monday 26th June – White Lion, Rempstone LE12 6RH 8pm
Monday 3rd July – The White Lion Inn Bramcote NG9 3HH – 8pm
Monday 10th July – Trip to Jerusalem – 8pm – NG1 6AD
Thursday 20th July - Plough, Normanton – 8pm – NG12 5N
Monday 24th July – Spanish Bar, Ilkeston – 8pm – DE7 5Q
Monday 31st July – The Castle. Nottingham NG1 6AA 8pm;
Bell Inn, Nottingham NG1 6HL 9pm
Monday 7th August – TBC
Saturday 2nd September - Lincoln Festival
Saturday 9th September - Ripley Day of Dance
September – Harlaxton College
October - Robin Hood Beer Fesitval, Nottingham Castle
Tuesday 26th December: Bottesford Duck Race
We recommend that you check for details with us before attending.
A printable handout is here.
Photos from our 2016 shows so far are now on-line here,
as well as links to photos of earlier years.
Any additional photos are always welcome, email them to Eric!
The music page here has been updated with new tiunes.
In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Greenwood Clog".