Director, Happy Feet Cloggers, Happy Feet Cloggers
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.
How to Clog - Introduction
Dance instructor Martha Hemingway demonstrates how to clog.
Hi! My name is Martha Hemmingway and I am the director of the Happy Feet Cloggers. This is a performing adult clogging group from Fairfax, Virginia.
Happy Feet was first started back in September of 2000. So, I have been clogging for little over eight years now and I have also been teaching dance and choreographing for about the last 20 years.
Today, we are going to learn many different kinds of clogging steps. You are going to learn the double step and the rock step. You are going to learn whats called a stump and a brush-up. You are also going to learn whats called a touch heel. Then we are going to do a little bit of moving. I am going to show you some clogging steps where you actually turn in a circle, then you learn some clogging steps where you will travel from side to side, and then we get to my favorite part, I am going to teach two clogging steps that my ultimate favorites, one is called the hippity hop the other one is called shave and a haircut. By the way thats what I started with; it was a shave and haircut at the beginning of this segment.
First of all, I think it is important to talk about clogging shoes. So, lets take a look at some clogging shoes.