www.clogon.com - "keep clogging strong!"

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New Clogging Article

www.ClogOn.com is celebrating it's 1st Year Anniversary - dedicated to "keep clogging strong!" I've been involved in clogging for over 20 years and have often wondered "Why hasn't clogging ever been as popular as the other dance disciplines like tap, jazz, ballet, irish, etc.?" What do you all think?

My main focus in building www.ClogOn.com is to "take clogging to the next level in the entertainment industry - to keep clogging strong!" From my experience, once a clogger, always a clogger. It's just a matter of getting the word out about how much fun clogging is. I am in the process of doing research on Irish dancing to see what "Lord of the Dance" did for Irish hard shoe popularity. To me, it really propelled the interest and excitement of the dance community in general. (Irish dancers, let me know if I'm wrong.)

The question is this: what can we do as cloggers to have that same effect on the dance world? www.ClogOn.com is committed to finding answers. My college background is in marketing; I realize that you can have the cure for cancer, but if you don't get the word out and market it effectively, no one will really benefit. That's the way I feel about clogging too. It's just a matter of spreading the word, inviting people to look in to it, give it a try, shuffle their feet. The best thing about clogging over other dance forms is anyone can do it. As I research more about jazz, hip hop, and ballet, it seems that they require a high level of flexibility, conditioning, and dedication. Clogging does require some of those as well, but you can clog while your walking in the grocery store. You can clog while sitting in your office chair (I do it all the time); it is a great form of exercise yet doesn't require nearly as much conditioning and flexibility as other dance forms.

Anyway! I've said about enough. LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS about this article. You can contact me directly at info@clogon.com.

keep clogging strong!

These are some of the replies we've received. Thanks and keep them coming!

Hey Nathan it is Tracy M. - great questions. I too have always wondered why clogging doesn't get the coolness factor like Riverdance etc. I believe that it is certainly on the rise - at least where we live. Every time we perform we have tremendous attention and applause. I do think that, like any art form, the past needs to meet present to keep living. Our group seems to make a lasting impression. I think it really depends on the group and the area that you are clogging. In La Crosse clogging is not as well known as in other parts of the country - and that can work for us or against us. I could go on for many pages as I too have developed a marketing strategy here locally to promote clogging. Great to always share ideas with you. Tracy
I am going to a competition on April 28th. i have a solo i am doing, a trio with my clogging buddies, and a group with my team.
From, Sarah