Patti Koorneef (right) takes her class on a little clogging adventure during their Christmas social.Photo Contributed
Patti Koorneef (right) takes her class on a little clogging adventure during their Christmas social.Photo Contributed Contributed

Tap into the fun and fitness of clogging

PATTI Koorneef fell in love with clogging the very moment she heard the tapping.

"I used to teach line dancing and was in Long Island of the Whitsundays at a workshop where there was somebody doing a demonstration on clogging,” she said.

"Within five weeks I started teaching it.”

The Bundaberg teacher said clogging was not hard to learn.

"I have been teaching for 23 years and am a member of the highly regarded Australian Clogging Association,” Patti said.

"I started my first school in Mackay, then Rockhampton, then went on to Gin Gin and Bundaberg where I still have my Goody2Shoes Cloggers school.

"I am seeking interest to start up a school in Maryborough - I feel there is a need.

"Clogging is so much fun - I will take you back to the basics - toe and heel to the left, toe and heel to the right and just get into the rhythm.”

Clogging is a tap-style dance originated in the Appalachian Mountains in America.

Clog dancing is Gaelic for time dancing with the heel keeping time with the beat of the music.

GET TAPPING: Clog dancer Patti Koorneef shows off her clogs and toe and heel step.
GET TAPPING: Clog dancer Patti Koorneef shows off her clogs and toe and heel step. Contributed

"The name clogging conjures up all sorts of notions of large wooden boat shaped shoes but it is quite the opposite,” Patti said.

"The shoes actually have double layer taps on the toe and heel parts which make the distinctive tapping sound.

"And we dance to all types of music including old time, rock, country and modern.

"It is like River Dance only with a relaxed country rhythm.”

There are two schools in Gympie and three schools in the Bundaberg region and Patti hopes the Maryborough school will be just as popular.

There will be an introductory workshop on Saturday, February 11 from 9am at the Tinana Hall, Gympie Rd, Maryborough.

The workshop will run for about one-and-a-half hours.

If you would like to learn more about clogging call Patti Koorneef on 0419 763 680.

DEFINITION:

Clogging (or Appalachian Mountain Folk Dance) is an American folk dance that has its origins in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States of America.

While it has strong ties to the step dances of the British Isles brought to the region by white settlers, clogging is also influenced by the traditional dance of Native Americans, and the traditional solo dances of African Americans


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