Martha HemingwayMartha Hemingway is the director, choreographer, and instructor for the Happy Feet Cloggers, an adult clogging group from Fairfax, Virginia. She teaches beginner, intermediate, and performer clogging classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for the City of Fairfax Parks and Rec Dept., Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia. Martha first learned to clog when she joined a Northern Virginia group called the Sugarfoot Cloggers in 1987. In September 2000 she founded the Happy Feet Cloggers. She was an instructor at the Potomac Double Down clogging workshop in Haymarket, Virginia, in 2006 and 2007 and an instructor at the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association’s (WASCA) clogging workshop in 2005 and 2006. Her first experience as a dance instructor was teaching tap and jazz classes for the Fairfax County Rec Dept. She also taught tap at The Dance Company, a private dance studio, and for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Martha’s “Happy Feeters” competed in the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Clogging Championship, held in Maryland each year. Her team brought home three 1st-place trophies, one 2nd-place trophy, and two 3rd-place trophies. Happy Feet is funded in part by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.
Hi! My name is Martha Hemmingway and I am teaching the basics of clogging. We are going to learn the stomp now. Earlier you learned how to step on your foot. Now, we are going to stomp. Stomp just means to step with a little more ump to it. Basically just putting your foot down hard, flat footed, thats a stomp. Now, thats not very exciting I realize, so lets add it into some actual clogging combinations. The first clogging step I am going to teach you is called the stomp double, and I am going to turn my back to the camera, make it easy to follow. The stomp double starts out with one stomp on the left foot, then do two double steps, and end with a rock step, so that is called a stomp double, one stomp, two double steps, one rock step. Lets try that again.
Starting on the left foot, five, six, seven, eight and stomp, double step, double step, rock step, lets try the right foot, stomp, double step, double step, rock step. Stomp, double step, double step, rock step, stomp, double step, double step, rock step. Whenever I choreograph this in a routine, whenever I put a stomp in, I just kind of want to use on, I just kind of really, really show that we are having fun. After the stomp double, lets learn the triple stomp, kind of the same principle, but a little bit different. On the triple stomp obviously, triple meaning three, we are going to start with three double steps. Left, right, left, double step, double step, double step and then you are going to add two stomps, right left. Stomp, stomp, make sure you make your feet flat and put a lot of weight into it.
Now, we are going to start on our right foot for the triple stomp, and double step, double step, double step, stomp, stomp, double step, double step, double step, stomp, stomp, double step, double step, double step, stomp, stomp, and a one and two and three and four, last time. Okay, so you have learned the stomp, and next I am going to teach you the touch heel. Happy clogging!