Northern California
Cloggers Association, Inc.

For Information on Clogging in Northern California

















NorCal News Archive

This page is an archive of older news. For current news and updates, see our home page.

2018 NCCA Convention Was a Blast!

Many thanks to all the board, committees, and volunteers for putting on a great weekend.

PHOTOS! Convention photographs are now online here.

It's a FLOOR fundRAISER!

The Redwood Country Cloggers are holding a workshop and mini-dance in Cotati to help raise money to pay for the floors at convention. You know how important it is to have a good surface to clog on! Here's your chance to help make sure that happens. Come support the dance and donate whatever you can or contact Michele to find out how you can donate even if you can't attend. More information on the flier here.

NOTICE: Late Harvest Stomp Cancelled

We're sorry to announce that this year's Late Harvest Stomp in Santa Rosa is cancelled due to the recent devastating fires in the area. All who have sent in money for pre-registration will receive a refund. There are many members of our clogging family affected by these fires and because of that, we all are affected. Stay tuned for information on how you can help.

NCCA's 35th Annual Convention Flyer Now Online

NCCA's 34th Annual Convention a Super Blast!

Our 34th annual convention is now history, but a happy history. Superheroes were in abundance with perhaps even a villain or two as well. With 18 clogging instructors from all areas of the west and 18 different performances, there was something for everyone. Many thanks to the hard working board, committees, and staff for all their work. And thank you, also, to all the dancers who came and supported the convention. Pictures will be available online soon, but if you'd like to purchase a photo CD before then, contact Lois.

NCCA's 34th Annual Convention to be held in Sacramento

The dates for the 2017 convention are April 21 and 22, Friday and Saturday. This year we'll be in a new location, the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Date Avenue in Sacramento. Sacramento is a large metro area and centrally located so it's easy to get to from all areas. Be sure to reserve your hotel rooms soon; they will likely sell out. Download the flier for more information. We hope to see you there!

The 33rd NCCA Convention was a blast!

With 21 clogging instructors/cuers, 17 clogging performance teams and duets, 23 clogging dances taught, and 5 seminars and special workshops, everyone had plenty to do. Thanks to the instructors and dancers for making it another great weekend.

NCCA Teachers' Forum Meeting a Success

Ten clogging instructors met on April 30th of this year for some extremely informative discussions. Several instructors gave mini-presentations on Teaching Beginners (Lois), Tap vs. Clogging (Sarah), Writing Dances (Richard), Performing (Ian), Adjusting Classes for seniors and others (Janice), and Teaching Out of State (Michele). After a short lunch break, we continued with discussions on additional topics such as: beginner dances, teacher and dancer etiquette, teaching advanced steps, club management and insurance, tips for newer instructor/cuers,  wireless mics, and more. Everyone came away with loads of new information. Thanks to the following for coming and contributing to the meeting: Lois Elling, Carol Smith, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Heather Smith, Janice Hanzel, Richard Willyard, Deann Norris, Kellee Ramirez, Ian Enriquez, and Alli Zamora.

DC3 (Doug Chin Clogging Classic) Fast Approaching

The DC3 workshop happens in Orangevale, CA, on January 30th. Grab your flier now, so you don't miss the pre-registration date. It will be a day full of fun instructors, dances, and friends. Don't miss it.

Be sure to check out other events on our Upcoming Events page!

2016 Convention To Be Held in June

The 2016 NCCA Convention will be June 35, a change from the usual April. This is necessary due to available dates of the Modesto DoubleTree Hotel's facilities. You can now go to the Convention page to download the flier.

Check out some recent photos from clogging events around Northern California:

July 18 Blossom Hill Festival, Belmont, CA
August 8 Barn Dance, Healdsburg, CA
September 26 Wonderland Jamboree, Grass Valley, CA

Dancers Had a Blast at the 2015 NCCA Convention

There were so many things going on at convention that it was impossible to take them all in. Thanks to co-chairs Kellee Ramirez and Richard Willyard and their staff for putting on another fun weekend. The teachers and dances taught were outstanding and the exhibition show was varied and impressive as always.
Some photos from Saturday night can be seen at Lois' gallery here.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
7/14/13Cloggers had a blast at the 31st Annual NCCA Convention the last weekend of April. A huge Thank You to all the instructors for donating their time, the committee for putting on a great convention, and to the dancers for supporting NCCA.

Plan to attend the Brittany's Hope Benefit Concert on May 18 in San Francisco. Not only will you -- and your friends -- be able to watch a cool clogging show, but you'll be helping out a young dancer. See more here.

Plan to attend the Brittany's Hope Benefit Concert on May 18 in San Francisco. Not only will you -- and your friends -- be able to watch a cool clogging show, but you'll be helping out a young dancer. See more here.

The next NCCA Quarterly is the Doug Chin Clogging Classic hosted by Aftershock on January 12th, which will be a special fundraiser to help with Richard Willyard's recovery. If you are unable to make it to the workshop but still want to donate to his recovery fund, use this secure link to go to Here's the flier for the workshop.

You can again register for convention (April 5-7, 2013), join NCCA, or even buy an NCCA Clogging Step Dictionary online. Go to the registration page to find everything you need. (Update 4/3/13: online registration has been closed. You can register at the door.)
11/25/12  rev 4/3/13

Now it's even easier to register for convention. Just go to the online registration page and you'll find everything you need there. (If you don't, here's where you can email your questions.) Thanks to Kellee for getting this set up.

Members! Did you know that the ballots for the board members elections are being done online this year? You should receive an email with the link. If not, contact NCCA.

Important! Members, please be sure the Membership Chairman (Deann) has your current email address. Email is the best way to notify members of important news and your renewal notices will now be sent by email.

Not only is the 2011 NCCA Convention now history, but so are March Madness (cloggers' version) and the Doug Chin Clogging Classic workshops. We've had a lot of great new and old clogging dances taught at the workshops so far in 2011. Dancers had a great time at all. To see some pictures from these events, be sure to check out the NCCA Photos Page.

Congratulations to Janice Hanzel for receiving the 2009 Lucy Johnson Award from C.L.O.G. at the National CLOG Convention in November.This award is presented to an outstanding contributor to the clogging community. Kathey Wilson from Alaska was also a recipient this year. In 2008 Lois Elling (CA) and Anne Mills (WA and AZ) were presented the award.

Many dancers had a terrific time dancing to a host of classic clogging dances and celebrating Doug Chin's life at the Chin-Dig in Belmont on Sept. 12. Doug's family attended, the Barbary Coast Cloggers performed, and eight cuers kept the dancers moving. It was a fun and bittersweet evening, but mostly fun. Thanks Doug for your inspiration!

The NCCA STEP DICTIONARY is now available on CD in pdf format.

Now you can access thousands of clogging steps by name, description, cross references, and more. This valuable tool is good for dancers, choreographers, and teachers. The CD includes all the steps in previous editions and updates. Get yours now. Note: NCCA members get a special discount. Join NCCA to take advantage of this.

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS Jan Tuller Foundation Day

Groups! Your group can attend the Sacramento River Cats baseball game against the Portland Beavers on August 23. If you sell 50 or more tickets for your group, friends, and family, you can perform in the first Annual Jan Tuller Foundation pre-game clogging party in the Foul Ball Patio! Have a fun day at the game, meet with fellow cloggers, and support a worthy cause, too. More information here. (Hey! You Oregon cloggers! How about a friendly gathering and some rivalry cheering.)


Thanks to Kellee, Richard, and the committee for putting on a fun weekend of clogging workshops, dancing, exhibtions, and more. In keeping with the RECYCLED theme, many great old clogging dances were taught. These were dances that were popular at one time (and maybe still are), but many recent dancers never had the chance to learn. These oldies but goodies were popular at the workshop. Along with the oldies, many new dances were taught as well. You can check out what was taught from the program (Friday, Saturday Day, Saturday Night, Sunday) and also see many photos of the activities.


Make plans now for the adventure of a lifetime in 2009! 7-day Northbound Cruise with Bluegrass, Clogging, and Country/Western. The Carnival Spirit departs Vancouver, B.C. on July 8, 2009. For more information, check out the flier here.


The Blossom Hill Cloggers of San Jose, California, recently celebrated 30 years of dancing. Lois Elling has been their instructor since the start of their first class in April, 1977. The celebration included a dinner, dancing with several guest cuers, games, memorabilia and just catching up with old friends. A good time was had by all!

For more information on the club and to see photos of the event, check out the Blossom Hill Cloggers' webpage.


The popular NCCA Step Dictionary, which has been sold to cloggers all over the country as well as overseas, will finally be available in a digital format on CD. The digital version will have an interactive index to make finding a step even easier. The CD should be available late, 2008. Check back here for updates!

Home / Upcoming Events / Photos / Contact us

Rev. 7/6/20b