Greenwood Step Clog Dancers

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The 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 steps.

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 common.

Some of our members are involved in Freds Folks Ceilidh Band.

  • DATE

    PLACE

    TIME

    2013    
    Monday 7th January First practice at QWCC 8pm
    Monday 14th January Evansville University at Harlaxton 7:45 for 8pm
    Sunday 20th January Nottingham Castle 2pm and 3pm
    2012    

    SAT 21ST APR

    ST GEORGE’S DAY SHOW – CASTLE

    11AM-1.30PM

    TUES 1ST MAY

    ROBIN HOOD STATUE

    5.15AM

    MON 14TH MAY

    GOLDEN FLEECE, UPPER BROUGHTON

    8PM

    MON 21ST MAY

    WORLD’S END, LOWDHAM-CROSS KEYS, EPPERSTONE

    8PM & 9PM

    MON 28TH MAY

    CARPENTERS ARMS, DALE ABBEY – ROYAL OAK, OCKBROOK

    8PM & 9PM

    SUN 3RD JUNE

    HOVERINGHAM TRACTOR RALLY

    NOON?

    MON 11TH JUNE

    ROYAL OAK, CAR COLSTON – DURHAM OX, ORSTON

    8PM & 9PM

    THUR 14TH JUNE

    OAKFIELD SCHOOL?

    ?

    SAT 16TH JUNE

    GATE TO SOUTHWELL

    8.30AM

    MON 18TH JUNE

    JOHNSON ARMS, DUNKIRK – CROWN INN, BEESTON

    8PM & 9PM

     

     

     

    MON 25TH JUNE

    THE FERRY, WILFORD

    8PM

    TUES 26TH JUNE

    ROYAL OAK, OCKBROOK – GREEN GARTERS

    8PM?

    SAT 30TH JUNE

    JMO, STRATFORD UPON AVON

    ?

    MON 2ND JULY

    MALT SHOVEL, SHARDLOW – STEAMBOAT, TRENT LOCK

    8PM & 9PM

    MON 9TH JULY

    TRIP TO JERUSALEM – LORD NELSON, SNEINTON

    8PM & 9PM

    MON 16TH JULY

    NEWCASTLE ARMS, NUTHALL RD? – OLD PEARTREE, BASFORD

    8PM & 9PM

    MON 23RD JULY

    CHESTNUT TREE, SHERWOOD – BREAD & BITTER, MAPPERLEY

    8PM & 9PM

    MON 30TH JULY

    SPANISH BAR,  ILKESTON

    8PM

    SAT 1ST SEPT

    LINCOLN FESTIVAL

    10AM?

    SAT 15TH OCT

    ROBIN HOOD BEER FESTIVAL, NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

    ?



  • Ongoing
  • Every Monday September - April: Practices at Queen's Walk Community Centre, 8pm.
  • The monthly Folk Sessions at the King William IV (Sneinton) "King Billy" on every second Tuesday of most months. Come & sing & play & clog in a tight space. Check here before going!

New: Photos from 2013 at Bottesford on Boxing day and elsewhere are now on-line here, as well as links to photos of earlier years. Any photos always welcome, email them to Eric!

New: Videos from Brewhouse Yard and Nottingham Castle by Trina are here.

New: Music for our new dances here.

 

 
 
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