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 2016 includes the following. Other bookings will be added as they are confirmed.
Monday 11th January - Harlaxton College - 8pm
Saturday 16th April - Newark Market Place - 11:30am
Saturday 23rd April - York - Joint Morris Organisation day of dance
Sunday 1st May - Robin Hood statue at Nottingham Castle - 5:20am, dawn!
Monday 2nd May - Malt Shovel, Shardlow 12noon.
Monday 9th May – Joe – The Castle Pub, Nottingham (NG1 6AA) - 8pm
The Roundhouse, Nottingham (NG1 6FS) - 9pm
Monday 16th May – Ben – Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham - 8pm - 161-163 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3FR
Monday 23rd May - Phil - Canal House, Nottingham - 8pm - 48-52 Canal St, Nottingham NG1 7EHl
Monday 6th June – William – Carpenters Arms, Dale Abbey 8pm
Royal Oak, Ockbrook 9pm
Monday 13th June – Joe – The Star Inn, Beeston (NG9 1FX)- 8pm
The Crown Inn, Beeston (NG9 1FY) - 9pm
Monday 20th June - No tour
Monday 27th June – Simon – Plough, Normanton - 8pm - Old Melton Road Normanton-On-The-Wolds, Nottingham NG12 5NN
Monday 4th July – Stewart – The White Lion in Bramcote - 8pm - Town Street,
Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3HH
Monday 11th July – Ken – Trip to Jerusalem - 8pm - Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD
Monday 18th July – Phil – Spanish Bar, Ilkeston - 8pm - 74-76 South St, Ilkeston DE7 5QJ
Monday 25th July – Phil - Sir John Borlase Warren - 8pm - 1 Ilkeston Rd, Nottingham NG7 3GD
Saturday 3rd September - Lincoln Festival
Saturday 10th September - Beeston Heritage Day TBC
October - Robin Hood Beer Festival
26th December - Boxing Day dance at Bottesford
We recommend that you check for details with us before attending.
A printable handout is here.
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!
Monday 5th January 8pm: Firest practice.
Monday 11th January 2016 7:45 for 8pm: Harlaxton College of Evansville University.
The music page here has been updated with new tiunes.
In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Greenwood Clog".