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Cloggers Association, Inc.

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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 and surrounding areas.

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.


Big News About Workshops in 2024!

NCCA has confirmed several workshops for 2024. The Doug Chin Clogging Classic will be on Feb. 3. The NCCA 41st Convention will be two days once again and on May 17-18 in Sacramento. Then there will be a brand NEW workshop in Palo Alto on August 17; don't miss the Dance Out Loud. See our upcoming events page for links for more information.
Are Your Membership Dues Due?

Many of our members rejoined NCCA in July 2022, which means their memberships are now due for renewal. If you want to know your status, email Lois Elling, VP of Membership. You can now renew your membership online here.

Next NCCA Workshop: October 7

The Late Harvest Stomp, an NCCA Quarterly hosted by the Redwood Country Cloggers, was a fun day. We danced in the Kraft Hall at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, where the dance/workshop was held for many years. The instructors were Michele Hill, Janice Hanzel, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Ian Enriquez, Carol Smith, Michelle John-Smith, Kellee Ramirez, and Lois Elling. There were workshops, fun dances, snacks throughout the day, an NCCA general meeting, and a bunch of really nice raffle prizes. Check out some pictures here.

D3C in Orangevale Drew a Crowd

This year's Doug Chin Clogging Classic in Orangevale had a good turnout of dancers, including several who were attending their very first workshop. Thanks to Kellee Ramirez and Aftershock for organizing the event. Check out some pictures here.

NCCA's 40th Annual Convention in June 2023

The Northern California Cloggers Association held their 2023 mini convention on June 10. We were excited to be dancing live again for our 40th convention. Dancing was at at the Coyote Grange (wood floor!), just 20 minutes south of San Jose. There were 2 halls for workshops and a fun dance early in the evening. You can read more about the convention in the latest issue of the Clog-A-Gram if you're a member, or see pictures here. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's convention fun and a success.

March Madness Live in 2023

The Diablo Mountain Cloggers and a huge turnout of dancers had fun at the "last blast" March Madness workshop and dance at the Danville Grange on March 11, 2023. Due to the smaller size of the club and Lois stepping away from some responsibilities to be able to travel more, this was the 36th and last March Madness clogging workshop. The dancer turnout was amazing. Several of Lois's dancers planned some special things throughout the day to honor the years that Lois has been teaching (almost 48) and all that she's done over the years. There were beautiful cupcakes, a photo slide show, a clogging quiz game, a beautiful blanket gift, and more. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the day very special. Photos can be seen here.

Late Harvest Stomp in November was great fun

The Redwood Country Cloggers' annual Late Harvest Stomp returned in-person on November 12. It was great to see old and new friends and dance together again. Check out some pictures here.

2022 NCCA Mini-Convention on July 23 a Success
Yes, we are back! The first in-person workshop in Northern California since the pandemic started was held on July 23 in Orangevale. We had a good turnout and dancers were thrilled to be dancing together and seeing friends again. Instructors were: Lois Elling, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Janice Hanzel, Michele Hill, Kellee Ramirez, Carol Smith, Ian Enriquez, and Michelle John-Smith. Check out some pictures from the event here.

2022 March Madness Online Workshop & Dance

Once again March Madness will be online this year. However, there will be both workshops and cued dances. Join in the fun following along with the video on March 12, 2022 at 12:00 noon for the workshops and at 2:30 pm for the fun dance. Our teachers and cuers are Mike McDow, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Kellee Ramirez, Janice Hanzel, Ginny Bartes, Ian Enriquez, Michele Millier Hill, and Lois Elling. There will be 6 dances taught and 24 dances cued.

Join in for some new and classic dances, to see your favorite instructors, and chat with your clogging buddies during the video on Saturday.

Download the syllabus with all the dance cue sheets here.

2021 Late Harvest Stomp Online Fun

Many cloggers joined the Redwood Country Cloggers and NCCA On November 13 for the annual Late Harvest Stomp workshop and dance. Thanks to Michele Hill, the Redwood Country Cloggers, and the rest of the NCCA board for some great dancing. Kellee Ramirez did the work of combining everyone's videos into one. There's always more work done behind the scenes than we are aware of.

Sarah, Kellee, and Michele took turns teaching a fun easy-intermediate dance to "Let's Get Physical." Then each taught a dance. After the workshop 9 cuers (Kellee Ramirez, Michelle John-Smith, Mike McDow, Lois Elling, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Janice Hanzel, Carolyn Poe, Ian Enriquez, and Michele Hill each cued three dances. It was great to see some classics and some dances that were new to some of us. By joining the workshop and dance when it's live, we can also interact with others and pretend we're there in person. It was a fun dance.

You can download the syllabus here.

2021 Convention Online Everywhere June 2527!

Join NCCA for this year's annual convention online. It goes live June 25, 26, and 27, 2021 with workshops and fun dances! You can participate from anywhere. Join in live and add to the chat. Or you can catch the videos later if you can't make it this weekend.

Get the schedule here and the full syllabus with cue sheets here.

And don't forget to wear your 2021 NCCA Convention T-shirt!

N.C.C.A. Membership Drive 2021

NCCA is having a special membership drive. Renew your membership or join today for only $10! Please help keep clogging in Northern California active by supporting your local association.

Go to this page for the Paypal link.

N.C.C.A. 2021 January Jam

Cloggers started off the new year right -- on the left foot -- by joining in on a virtual fun dance on January 1st. Thirteen cuers led dancers through old favorites and a few new gems. Download the syllabus here.

Important Note for 2020

NCCA badly needs YOUR support. Please consider making a donation to help keep clogging alive in Northern California. Go here to donate and/or become a member. Thank you!

Late Harvest Stomp Virtual Fun Dance Nov. 14, 2020

The fun dance happens here at 6:00 pm November 14!

NEW! Download the dance syllabus here.

This year's Late Harvest Stomp is going virtual. Join your friends and dance with NCCA instructors on the NCCA Clogging YouTube channel.  The fun dance happens Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, and begins at 6:00 pm PST. Flyer here.

NCCA Corona-vention Fun Dance 2020 on June 26

In place of our annual 2-day clogging convention, NCCA will hold a "Corona-vention" fun dance with 9 cuers and 27 dances on June 26, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Tune in to the fun at NCCA's new YouTube channel.

You can also download the syllabus ahead of time here. Now you can review the dances and make sure you'll get that one step right this time!

By the way, NCCA has already secured the date and hotel for next year's convention in Sacramento on June 25-26, 2021. So save that date!

NCCA Convention Update

April 28, 2020
We are sad to inform everyone that the June 2020 NCCA Convention has been postponed until June 25-26, 2021. It will still be held at the Crown Plaza in Sacramento. Take care of yourselves in the meantime and we'll see you in 2021.

Clogging Online

April 28, 2020
There are more and more clogging instructors either teaching or just cueing dances online. Besides the WorldWide Clogging Fun Dance each Saturday evening (see message below), here are a few California instructors with regular videos. Let us know of others we can add to this list.

Lois Elling
One new easy-intermediate video available each Wednesday morning plus one new intermediate video available by Thursday morning. They include some workshop and some cued dances.

Sarah Dwight-Gilroy
Instructional videos from easy to advanced posted on Tuesdays, including all dances she has taught at past workshops.

Lelia and Russ Hunsaker
Instructional videos posted Monday nights and fun dances.

Important Message

March 28, 2020
Due to the governor's order for us all to stay home whenever possible, most, if not all, clogging events are canceled for the near future. This includes most classes. However, do NOT despair! Cloggers are lucky in that they can still enjoy clogging as many instructors are posting classes and dances online. Several are on Facebook; others are on YouTube. Until we get a list together we encourage all cloggers to search out these videos. Jeff Driggs and others have also started an every-Saturday clogging dance with different cuers from different locations. It's live at 5:00 pm PDT each Saturday. Join in on the fun by going to Doubletoe Times or

2019 National CLOG Convention in Las Vegas

Well over 40 cloggers from California (north and south) attended the National C.L.O.G. Convention in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving weekend. The convention had 15 featured instructors from the U.S. and Canada, as well as 16 more teachers in the open halls on Wednesday and Thursday. With four halls for workshops and seminars, there was more than enough going on to keep anyone busy and interested. Kudos to CLOG for a fun and fabulous event.

Convention 2020 will be in New Orleans (yay!) and in July instead of November. More information is available at the CLOG website here.

2019 NCCA Convention Fun with Andy

Dancers at the 36th annual convention in Sacramento (May 31 and June 1) had a fun time with featured guest instructor, Andy Howard from Georgia. He taught us lively and fun dances and even got most people to do a mixer. Many other instructors from Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, and even Australia kept the dancers on their toes and busy for the two days. I heard nothing but happy and satisfied comments. Many thanks to all the committee members for putting on a fabulous weekend!

New resource on this site: Workshops & Dances

Check out the new page listing recent workshops and dances in and near Northern California here. At this time, no cue sheets are included, but there is a list of cue sheet resources at the bottom of the page.

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