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.

Our programme of dancing out includes the following. Other bookings will be added as they are confirmed.

Saturday 26th December 11am: Boxing Day at Bottesford, alongside their famous duck race.

Monday 11th January 2016 and again in September: Visits to Harlaxton College of the University of Evansville. We perform clog dancing with morris dancing and a plough play.

Then various weekly bookings, more details later.

We recommend that you check for changes with us before attending.

Photos from our 2015 shows so far are now on-line here, as well as links to photos of earlier years. Any photos always welcome, email them to Eric!

New: Monday 23rd November 8pm: Greenwood AGM at Queen's Walk.

New: Monday 7th December 8pm: Last practice of this year.

New: Monday 14th December 8pm: Christmas party with the Foresters.

New: Monday 4th January 8pm: Firest practice.

New: Monday 11th January 2016 7:45 for 8pm: Harlaxton College of Evansville University.

New: The music page here has been updated with new tiunes.

In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Greenwood Clog".



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