If your first instinct is to wonder why you clicked on an article about clog dancing, we understand, but hear us out.
One of the great things about the Internet is that you get to see all sorts of new and interesting hobbies that you never thought you’d be interested in.
And when you see that a group of young people has uploaded a dance routine that’s been viewed by roughly 1 million people a year, it’s certainly worth a look.
The cleverly-named dance troupe “Tap This!” are four-time national clogging champions from Lincoln, Nebraska.
A blend of country line dance and tap dance – and some things that defy straightforward explanation – the group describes their art as:
“The blending of different dance forms and percussive footwork gives a high energy performance that leaves audiences on their feet and wanting more.”
Tap This! has been performing under the name for about 5 years. They’ve showcased their talents around the country in competitions and at festivals. And one look at the video below will show you why.
In one of their most popular routines, from 2016, the group danced to Andy Grammar’s “Honey I’m Good” and people can’t stop watching it.
There is something truly mesmerizing about the synchronized dance.
While you may not know much about clogging, this style of dance has its own rich history. It orginated in Appalachia in the 18th century when immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, England, and Germany combined their foot-stomping dances into a style they could all partake in together.
The Clogging Champions of America was founded to continue this dance tradition for future generations.
“Clogging Champions of America was formed in 1998 to generate more activity and interest in clogging and competition, to promote a spirit of fun and fellowship, and to make sure the beginner clogger will get to enjoy competing as much as the clogger who has been in it for years.”
Unlike tap dancing, clogging is all about the footwork, percussive tapping, and stomping in unison and usually involves very little upper body movement.
It’s a popular enough style that regional and national competitions are still going strong, based on a desire to bring together people who enjoy good-spirited competition:
“The goal of CCA is to create an atmosphere of spirited and sportsmanlike competition, and to provide more opportunities for cloggers within the competitive and entertainment realms. Competition, CCA feels, is a healthy and entertaining part of clogging because it offers dancers the opportunity to travel to different locations – meeting new clogging friends, step sharing, and supporting each other competitively.”
While this is serious stuff, the fun comes with trying to imagine yourself dancing in perfect unison with a group of people.
In the case of Tap This!, viewers get to witness some truly flawless synchronicity!
And the upbeat song they dance to is perfect for the fun vibes this group gives off.
Clogging may not be the most popular dance style in America, but groups like this certainly know how to make it look appealing!
Since it’s the kind of performance you need to see to believe, we recommend you scroll down to watch their short but special performance.
Think you could stay upright while trying to carry out that choreography?