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NCCA was originally formed as a forum of communication for cloggers and teachers in Northern California, however our membership includes many from Southern Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Southern California as well. We get together to share ideas, get help from each other with problems, sponsor workshops to learn new dances, share ideas, and promote clogging itself.

The Association was officially formed in March, 1982, however the seeds were sowed the year before in October, 1981. At that time, Lois Elling’s group, the Blossom Hill Cloggers in San Jose, were hosting an all-day clogging workshop. Just before that workshop, several teachers met to discuss the idea of an association of cloggers in the Northern California area. That meeting produced a future first President, Lois Elling, Vice-president, Matt Manas, Treasurer, Betty Chipps, and Secretary/Editor, Bonnie Staley.

The next spring we officially collected our first annual dues of only $5.00 a year (can you believe it?), plus another $5.00 for a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, yet to be named. Later the newsletter subscription price was included in the membership price. Eventually the newsletter got named, and has since been known as the Clog-A-Gram. Kellee Ramirez is our current editor.

One of the first goals of NCCA was to sponsor workshops and a yearly clogging convention. The first workshop and meeting was held April 10, 1982 in Lodi, California. Two clogging dances were taught, 9 to 5 and Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Since that first year, NCCA continues to sponsor a workshop each quarter, including our annual 3-day convention in the spring. Upcoming quarterly workshops and other events are listed on our Events page. Association meetings are held each quarter at the workshop.

The Teachers’ Forum (mostly instructors, but open to all interested members) also meets occasionally to discuss dances, terminology, levels, teaching problems, seminars for newer instructors, and everything else that affects clogging instructors. There is a separate insert in each issue of the Clog-A-Gram called the Teachers’ Forum Notes with information helpful to teachers.

NCCA has also published a Dictionary of Clogging Steps, now in its third edition. This is a compilation of over 2500 steps collected from around the world. The steps are listed alphabetically, have cross-references, beat counts, footwork and bar graphing for the more difficult steps. Here’s where you can order your own copy.

Officers now hold a two-year office, with elections each year for half the board positions. This way, there is more continuity from one year to the next. Membership is open to all interested individuals, and you’re invited to join.




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