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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.

LATEST UPDATES:

NCCA is Ready to Accept Registrations for the 2015 Convention!

It's never too early to register for the upcoming NCCA 3-day spring convention. The dates are April 17-19, 2015 and it all happens in Modesto. Here's where you can read more about convention and here's where you can register and buy cool stuff! You can also download the flier from here.


NCCA Dancers Perform a 33-Year Old Routine at SCCA

12 cloggers from Northern California performed a routine to "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at the Southern California Clogging Association's annual convention in Irvine this past August. The dancers were from several clubs from Sacramento down to Fresno and the first time they all practiced together was the afternoon of the performance. Everyone had a blast performing, which was obvious to the audience. The routine to "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was written by Fran Mason and taught at the Blossom Hill Festival (first clogging workshop in Northern California) in 1981. Several groups have performed the routine over the years, with the Barbary Coast Cloggers doing the most to keep it alive. We'd like to thank SCCA for having us and hosting a fun convention.

Two videos of the performance are online: 1) video of the performance thanks to Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, and 2) video with the introduction thanks to Lois Elling. A few photos are also available here with more to come soon.


Dancers Learn 8 New Clogging Dances at the Blossom Hill Festival

The Blossom Hill Festival showcased 8 teachers with new dances for the cloggers on July 19th in Belmont. It was a day full of clogging workshops, seeing friends, a bit of eating, a short NCCA meeting, and more clogging in the evening.

Check out a few photos here.


The 2014 "Hooked on Classics" NCCA Convention was a blast from the past!
Cloggers enjoyed three days of clogging workshops -- with an emphasis on classic favorites plus new dances, as well -- dancing, eating, fun, seeing friends, shopping, winning awesome prizes, and watching a fantastic exhibition show. Photos will be posted soon. Watch this website for information on next year's convention.
4/30/14

Get your tickets to an exciting clogging show and help out a young dancer at the same time!
Clogging teams from throughout Northern California are coming together to put on a benefit performance to help raise funds for Brittany Harrison's lyme disease treatment. Come support a strong young woman determined to regain her health! See the flier here.  UPDATE: Thanks to everyone, $1100 was raised and that's helping to make a difference for Brittany! Photos from the benefit are here. 4/30/14
Be sure to check upcoming clogging events for early 2014. Go to Events for more info.
Jan. 11 - Doug Chin Clogging Classic in Orangevale, CA
Feb. 14-15 - Clog Down featuring Eric Bice in Vancouver, WA
Mar. 8 - March Madness in Danville, CA
Apr. 25-27 - NCCA's 31st Annual Convention in Modesto, CA
1/5/14

N.C.C.A. Convention "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.
1/5/14


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. website.
1/5/14

2013 Convention a Big Success and Fun Time!!
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.
7/14/13

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.
7/14/13



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