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 2015 programme of dancing out will include the following. Other bookings will be added as they are confirmed.

Monday 12th January and again in September: Visits to Harlaxton College of the
University of Evansville.
Monday 27th April: 8pm Horse & Groom, Moorgreen NG16 2FE.
Friday 1st May: 5:20am Dawn dancing at the Robin Hood Statue by Nottingham
Castle. Other dancers welcome.
Monday 11th May: 8pm Woodlark Inn (Lambley) NG4 4QB, 9pm Green Dragon
(Oxton)
Tuesday 12th May: 8pm with Ripley Green Garters Puch Bowl, West Hallam
Monday 18th May: 8pm Carpenters Arms (Dale Abbey) DE7 4PP, 9pm Royal Oak
(Ockbrook) DE72 3SE
Monday 1st June: 8pm The Crown Inn (Beeston), with the Perth (Australia) Morris
Men.Monday 8th June: 8pm Earl of Chesterfield (Shelford) NG12 1EQ; 9pm Royal Oak
(Car Colston)
Monday 15th June: 8pm Star Inn (Beeston) NG9 1FX; 9pm White Lion (Beeston)
Monday 22 June 8pm Durham Ox (Orston) NG13 9NS, 9pm Red Lion (Bottesford)
Monday 29th June: 8pm The Plough (Normanton on the Wolds) NG12 5NN
Monday 6th July: 8pm Lincolnshire Poacher (Nottingham) NG1 3FR
Monday 13 July: 8pm Trip to Jerusalem (Nottingham) NG1 6AD
Monday 20th July 8pm Spanish Bar (Ilkeston) DE7 5QJ
Friday 24th July: World Croquet Championships
Wednesday 26 August 8pm with Anstey Morris at the Crown, Beeston
Saturday 5th September: Lincoln Festival
Sunday 6th September: Robin Hood Festival, Newstead Abbey
Saturday 12th September: Beeston Heritage Day
October: The Robin Hood Beer Festival at Nottingham Castle.
Saturday 26th December 11am: Boxing Day at Bottesford

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

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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