Welcome to the Northern California Cloggers
Association, Inc. web site. This is your place for
information on clogging in Northern California,
Northern Nevada, and Southern Oregon.
Clogging, or clog dancing, is a lively, foot-stomping
dance which originated in the Southern Appalachian
Mountains. The settlers to those mountains brought their
own steps and rhythms, which melded into what we now
call clogging. Modern cloggers dance to all types of
music. Clogging clubs meet regularly to learn new steps
and dances. Teams may also perform precision routines or
participate in clogging competitions.
The Northern California Cloggers Association was formed
in March, 1982, to promote clogging and communication
among all cloggers in Northern California and
neighboring states. Membership is made up of teachers as
well as dancers who love and support clogging. NCCA
sponsors workshops and dances, seminars for instructors
and clogging leaders, and also puts on an annual 3-day
convention in the spring of each year. The Association's
award-winning newsletter, the Clog-A-Gram, is
published quarterly and includes the minutes of each
quarterly membership meeting, cue sheets for clogging
dances, articles on clogging, club news, information on
clogging in other areas, useful hints, information on
where to clog and upcoming events.
Please browse our site by checking out the links at the
left of each page.
Be sure to check
upcoming clogging events for early 2014. Go to Events for more
Jan. 11 - Doug Chin
Clogging Classic in Orangevale, CA
Feb. 14-15 - Clog Down featuring Eric Bice in Vancouver,
Mar. 8 - March Madness in Danville, CA
Apr. 25-27 - NCCA's 31st Annual Convention in Modesto,
"Hooked on Classics" approaches
You don't want to miss this premier clogging event
in Northern California, with three days full of
clogging fun, friends, performances, workshops,
shopping, and more. See the flier here or register online here.
2014 C.L.O.G. National Clogging Convention
to be in Reno, Nevada!
This is big news! This will be only the fourth time the
National Clogging Convention has been on the west coast.
You have plenty of time to plan, as the convention is
Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For more information,
visit the C.L.O.G.
2013 Convention a Big Success and Fun
Dancers had a blast at NCCA's 30th Annual Convention in
April. We celebrated 30 years of clogging conventions.
Wow! Morgan Hudson from Kentucky was the featured
instructor and kept the dancers moving and laughing all
weekend. We can't wait to have him return.
Pictures of the 2013 Convention can be seen on Lois
Elling's SmugMug site.
NCCA Dancers Perform in
Perfect Cowboy Movie
Several cloggers from NCCA auditioned, practiced, and
then performed as a clogging team and as extras in the
independent film, Perfect Cowboy.
Thanks to Michele Hill for making it all possible. Ken
Roht, the maker of the film, was looking for cloggers
and contacted Michele. Auditions were set up and close
to 30 dancers came. They learned a routine written by
both Michele and Kellee Ramirez, and then performed it
for the judges (Michele, Kellee, and Lois Elling), all
in just a couple of hours. Everyone did a great job. In
the end, 15 dancers were chosen for a team of 12 plus 3
alternates. After an afternoon rehearsal a few weeks
later, it was decided all 14 dancers in attendance (one
was out of town) would be the team.
One scene of a concert was to be filmed at the Barnyard
Theater outside of Davis, California. This gave the
cloggers a chance to rehearse with the band and be
extras at the concert.
The day of the filming arrived on June 30 and all
dancers congregated at The Station in Roseville,
California. The Station is an interesting place, having
been built from old railroad cars. Inside it's a bar,
bistro, and dance hall. The cloggers were in several
scenes: one where the dancers did a clogging performance
in their plaid shirts, then a few were extras dancing
the country two-step, and lastly, cloggers and others
joined in as extras dancing a country-western line
dance, which Kellee choreographed.
It was a fun, interesting, and tiring day. Everyone made
new friends and wouldn't have traded the experience for
anything. After about a year for post-production, the
movie should be out by summer, 2014. Check out the
movie's site for updates.
Pictures of the practice, rehearsal and barn concert,
and bar performance and filming can be seen on Lois
Elling's SmugMug site.
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