Camden Clog Workshop Day - 7th April 2018This year there will be four workshops in the East Lancashire style.
- Beginners - Waltz
A bright and lively waltz with lots of action. There is a wide variety of steps, which makes it a specially good introduction to the clog waltz style. Great for choreographing for a group, but equally suitable for an interesting solo dance.
- Improvers - Mixed Rhythm
This fascinating dance has Hornpipe, Waltz and Lancashire Irish steps, which run on from each other. The fun for the dancer and musician is to move fluidly from one section to another, maintaining the feel and rhythm of each style in turn.
- Intermediate - Whitby Hornpipe
An East Lancashire style of hornpipe using all parts of the clog to make a beat, with rounded, diagonal and straight shuffles. The dance has a bouncy dotted rhythm, and a showy style with lots of movement and variety, even including Lancashire jig steps performed to a hornpipe rhythm.
- Advanced - Lancashire Irish
This routine comes from the parties of the Smiths, an Irish family who lived in Nelson. Dancing began after the carpet had been rolled back, clogs were on and a double jig was played. A really exciting informal group dance, with some steps better danced as a solo or duet, whilst other steps are for everyone.
When booked in advance the cost of a workshop will be £20 (£15 concessions).
If paying on the day the cost will be £25 (£20 concessions).
This year bookings for the Workshop Day will be made through the Cecil Sharp House website.Click here to be transferred to the Bookings page, then click on the link under "Tickets through".
Workshops start at 10am and the day finishes at about 5pm.
We do have a small number of clogs for loan if you are in the beginners workshop. If you do not have clogs, hard-soled shoes will work. Anything but trainers.
Booklets describing the dances being taught this year, and many other Pat Tracey dances, will be available for purchase.
Also this year we have Simon Brock with us.
In Simon's own words...
I've decided to put my years of experience working with wood and leather to the best possible use, and make clogs. Mentored by Trefor Owen and using Rick Rybicki's old equipment and patterns, I hope to continue the tradition of craftsmanship practised by these two 'greats' of the clog making world. As my clog making operation is fairly new, I will not have a large amount of stock at the Camden Clog workshop; but would be very pleased to speak to you about your requirements if you are interested in ordering clogs. It is my intention to offer the full range of services you would expect from a clog maker, including clogs of different designs (Gibson, clasp, T-bar, boots, etc.), crimping, repairs, rubbers, irons where possible, and fancy overtongues etc. for NW morris clogs.
The cafe in the basement of Cecil Sharp House will be open throughout the day. Sorry, but the cost of refreshments and lunch is not included in the workshop ticket price.
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