Even though your first instinct might be to wonder why you clicked on an article about clog dancing, we understand, but hear us out once.
One of the best 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 in your life.
And it’s certainly worth a look 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.
The smartly-named dance troupe “Tap This!” are four-time national clogging champions from Lincoln, Nebraska.
It is 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.”
The group Tap This! has been performing under the name for around 5 years. They have showcased their talents around the country in competitions and at festivals. And one look at the video below will show you exactly why.
In 2016, in one of their most popular routines, the group danced to Andy Grammar’s “Honey I’m Good” and people can’t stop watching it until now.
There is something absolutely mesmerizing about this synchronized dance.
Even though you may not know much about clogging, this style of dance has its own rich history. It first 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 take part in together.
The Clogging Champions of America was founded to continue this dance tradition for future generations too.
“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.”
It isn’t like tap dancing, because clogging is all about the footwork, percussive tapping, and stomping in unison and usually involves only a little upper body movement.
This is a popular enough style and 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.”
Although this is some serious stuff, the fun comes when you try to imagine yourself dancing in perfect unison with a group of people.
Viewers get to witness some truly flawless synchronicity in the case of Tap This!
And the upbeat song they dance to is exactly perfect for the fun vibes this group gives off.
While clogging may not be the most popular dance style in America, but groups like this certainly know how to make it look very appealing to the public!
Because it is the kind of performance you need to see to believe, we recommend you scroll down to watch their short but magnificent performance.