This picture is of the Sugarfoot Family Cloggers that exhibitioned at the 2015 Daytona Beach Sunshine State Jamboree. We danced to
"That Man", a 1920's sounding tune.
"That Man", a 1920's sounding tune.
I am a beginning clogger. How long will it take me to learn to clog?
Answer: The answer is how bad to you want to learn to clog? Are you willing to practice daily and put in the effort to progress? Our beginning cloggers take a 10 week course that teaches the basic clogging steps and then they are usually ready to progress to our regular class. This does not mean that you will be proficient at clogging in that short time, but you will know enough steps to proceed to more involved steps and routines. You must put in the effort, however, to become a good dancer. Some of our cloggers have had background in tap which helps, but everyone, even the tap dancers, must learn the style of clogging and build from the basic clogging steps. If you have the "clogging fever" you are certainly more apt to progress at a faster speed. It all depends on what you want and how much you practice.
What are clogging taps and how do they differ from regular tap dancing taps?
Answer: Clogging taps are actually two taps connected by rivets to make a jingling sound versus conventional single taps. This double tap makes a different sound than regular taps that have a single flat sound versus a jingle. There are two types of clogging taps, regular Steven Stomper taps and buck taps. Buck taps are similar to the regular taps, but they have an extra metal flange attached to the front to go over the tip of the shoe. The extra metal tip helps to make a more distinct sound on a "touch back" when you touch behind with your toe. Buck taps are usually not used when toe stands are done because they can slide on the floor and be a bit dangerous. There is some protection for your shoe tips with the buck taps, but the toes of your shoes is not where most of your wear will be when clogging. Regular Steven Stomper taps are fine and it is just a choice of which taps you prefer.
What size taps should I order?
Answer: There are three sizes of clogging taps- small, medium, and large. The clogging tips are all the same size, but the heels come in the varying sizes-small for children, medium for women, and large for men.
What is the difference between glue-on taps and nail-on taps?
Answer: They are basically the same tap, but it takes a littlel longer to apply the glue-on taps because the glue needs to dry at least 1-2 days before you can use your shoes. The nail-on taps can be applied by any local shoe repair shop the same day.
How do I glue on my taps?
It's recommended that you use Shoe Goo or GOOP to apply your glue-on taps. You can purchase them at Walmart, Lowe's or Home Depot. You'll want to roughen the inside of the tap before applying the glue to have a better surface for the adhesive to attach itself. You can use sand paper or an electric drill with a grinding disc attached. Place the taps as close to the ends of the shoes as possible without them hanging over. Apply enough glue to fill up the inside of the tap and be sure it is on all surfaces of the tap. Be sure there are no bubbles. Let the glue set for about 15 minutes before attaching the tap to the shoe. Any excess glue should be wiped off once it has set a while so it doesn't smear.
What color shoes do most cloggers wear?
Most clogging groups wear white clogging shoes because they show up better on stage when exhibitioning, but some exhibition cloggers wear black to accessorize their outfits better. Our group wears white when we exhibition, but some of our members have black shoes for practice because they don't show the dirt or scuff marks like the white. You might want to check with the group you plan to join about what color they prefer.