Clog dancing in Wales

Clogs

Wales' other unbroken tradition, apart from harp playing, is its step or clog dancing.

The dance was originally performed by farmers and slate quarry workers and often came in the form of a competition where dancers would show off their stamina and athleticism.

The difference between Welsh clogging and other step dance traditions is that the performance will not only include complicated stepping, but also 'tricks'.

For example, snuffing out a candle flame with the dancer's feet, 'toby stepping' - similar to Cossack dancing - and high leaps into the air.


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