Clog – How to Turn in a Circle and Walk the Dog

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Clogging instructor Martha Hemingway demonstrates how to turn a circle and walk the dog.

    Martha Hemingway

    Martha 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 basic clogging. Now, we are going to learn some clogging steps where you get to turn in a circle. Earlier, we learned what was called a chain rock step. Lets go with that real quick, just to refresh your memory. Chain rock step was double step, rock step, rock step, rock step, double step, rock step, rock step, rock step. All you need to do is add some arms and turn and you have yourself what is called an airplane in the clogging world. So, we are going to practice this part. First of all lets just practice turning on the chain rock step. You are going to start on your left and do a full turn to the left all the way back around, five, six, chain rock turn, double step, rock step, rock step, rock step. Right foot is free, we can now turn and go in the opposite direction, start on the right, turn to the right and double step, rock step, rock step, rock step. Okay, now lets add some arms. Got diagonal arms, just remember it is the upper arm that is the one that is leading you around. So, when we get to the right foot, you want this arm to go up to lead you around. Lets put the whole thing together, called an airplane.

    Five, six, seven, eight, double step, rock step, rock step, rock step, other way, double step, rock step, rock step, rock step. Now to make it easier so that you are not getting dizzy turning and turning and turning, I think it would be more fun to start with two basics and then do a turn and then two basics and turn the other way. So, lets try that one. Lets do two regular basics and double step, rock step, double step, rock step, now turn, rock step, rock step, two basics right and left and turn right, airplane. Okay, that was the airplane. Next, I love this next term. Its called walk the dog and walk the dog; this will be something a little new for you because we get to use our heels this time with weight on them. What you are going to do is two double steps and then actually putting your weight on your heel, as you are going to go heel, heel, step, step. So, you are balancing on your heel for just a split second, it wont be very long, and thats called walk the dog. Lets just practice that before we turn with it. Two double steps, two heels, two steps and a one and a two and three and four and a five and a six and seven and eight. Now, to turn with it you turn when you are on the heels. Let me show you. Do the two double steps, then come up and start turning to the left as you go heel, heel, step, step and you are round. So, facing the front and turning back around to the same thing, two double steps, heel, heel, step, step. So, again, same principle, we dont want to keep turning and turning and turning. So, lets start with two basics first, do a turning walk the dog, two basics again and turn back around. Two basics, five, six, seven, eight and a basic and a basic walk the dog, double step, double step, turn, turn, step, step, two basics, walk the dog, double step, double step, heel, heel, step, step. Okay, next we are gong to work on actual clogging steps that are gong to move form side to side, before turning. Now, we are going to go from side to side. Happy clogging.