Welcome to the Northern California Cloggers
Association, Inc. web site. This is your place for
information on clogging in Northern California,
Northern Nevada, and Southern Oregon.
Clogging, or clog dancing, is a lively, foot-stomping
dance which originated in the Southern Appalachian
Mountains. The settlers to those mountains brought their
own steps and rhythms, which melded into what we now
call clogging. Modern cloggers dance to all types of
music. Clogging clubs meet regularly to learn new steps
and dances. Teams may also perform precision routines or
participate in clogging competitions.
The Northern California Cloggers Association was formed
in March, 1982, to promote clogging and communication
among all cloggers in Northern California and
neighboring states. Membership is made up of teachers as
well as dancers who love and support clogging. NCCA
sponsors workshops and dances, seminars for instructors
and clogging leaders, and also puts on an annual 3-day
convention in the spring of each year. The Association's
award-winning newsletter, the Clog-A-Gram, is
published quarterly and includes the minutes of each
quarterly membership meeting, cue sheets for clogging
dances, articles on clogging, club news, information on
clogging in other areas, useful hints, information on
where to clog and upcoming events.
Please browse our site by checking out the links at the
left of each page.
NCCA's 34th Annual
Convention a Super Blast!
Our 34th annual convention is now history, but a
happy history. Superheroes were in abundance with
perhaps even a villain or two as well. With 18
clogging instructors from all areas of the west and 18
different performances, there was something for
everyone. Many thanks to the hard working board,
committees, and staff for all their work. And thank
you, also, to all the dancers who came and supported
the convention. Pictures will be available online
soon, but if you'd like to purchase a photo CD before
then, contact Lois.
34th Annual Convention to be held in
The dates for the 2017 convention are April 21
and 22, Friday and Saturday. This year we'll be in a
new location, the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Date Avenue
in Sacramento. Sacramento is a large metro area and
centrally located so it's easy to get to from all
areas. Be sure to reserve your hotel rooms soon;
they will likely sell out. Download the flier
for more information. We hope to see you there!
33rd NCCA Convention was a blast!
With 21 clogging instructors/cuers, 17
clogging performance teams and duets, 23 clogging
dances taught, and 5 seminars and special
workshops, everyone had plenty to do. Thanks to
the instructors and dancers for making it another
Teachers' Forum Meeting a Success
Ten clogging instructors met on April 30th of this
year for some extremely informative discussions.
Several instructors gave mini-presentations on
Teaching Beginners (Lois), Tap vs. Clogging (Sarah),
Writing Dances (Richard), Performing (Ian), Adjusting
Classes for seniors and others (Janice), and Teaching
Out of State (Michele). After a short lunch break, we
continued with discussions on additional topics such
as: beginner dances, teacher and dancer etiquette,
teaching advanced steps, club management and
insurance, tips for newer instructor/cuers,
wireless mics, and more. Everyone came away with loads
of new information. Thanks to the following for coming
and contributing to the meeting: Lois Elling, Carol
Smith, Sarah Dwight-Gilroy, Heather Smith, Janice
Hanzel, Richard Willyard, Deann Norris, Kellee
Ramirez, Ian Enriquez, and Alli Zamora.
(Doug Chin Clogging Classic) Fast
The DC3 workshop happens in Orangevale, CA, on
January 30th. Grab your
flier now, so you don't miss the
pre-registration date. It will be a day full of fun
instructors, dances, and friends. Don't miss it.
Be sure to check out
other events on our Upcoming
Convention To Be Held in
The 2016 NCCA Convention will be June 3–5, a change
from the usual April. This is necessary due to
available dates of the Modesto DoubleTree Hotel's
facilities. You can now go to the Convention page to
download the flier.
out some recent photos from clogging
events around Northern California:
18 – Blossom
Hill Festival, Belmont, CA
August 8 – Barn
Dance, Healdsburg, CA
September 26 – Wonderland
Jamboree, Grass Valley, CA
Had a Blast at the 2015 NCCA Convention
There were so many things going on at convention that
it was impossible to take them all in. Thanks to
co-chairs Kellee Ramirez and Richard Willyard and
their staff for putting on another fun weekend. The
teachers and dances taught were outstanding and the
exhibition show was varied and impressive as always.
Some photos from Saturday night can be seen at Lois'
NCCA is Ready to
Accept Registrations for the 2015 Convention!
It's never too early to register for the upcoming
NCCA 3-day spring convention. The dates are April
17-19, 2015 and it all happens in Modesto. Here's where you
can read more about convention and here's where you
can register and buy cool stuff! You can also download
the flier from here.
NCCA Dancers Perform
a 33-Year Old Routine at SCCA
12 cloggers from Northern California performed a
routine to "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at the Southern
California Clogging Association's annual convention in
Irvine this past August. The dancers were from several
clubs from Sacramento down to Fresno and the first
time they all practiced together was the afternoon of
the performance. Everyone had a blast performing,
which was obvious to the audience. The routine to
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was written by Fran Mason
and taught at the Blossom Hill Festival (first
clogging workshop in Northern California) in 1981.
Several groups have performed the routine over the
years, with the Barbary Coast Cloggers doing the most
to keep it alive. We'd like to thank SCCA for having
us and hosting a fun convention.
Two videos of the performance are online: 1) video
of the performance thanks to Sarah
Dwight-Gilroy, and 2) video
with the introduction thanks to Lois Elling. A
few photos are also available here
with more to come soon.
Dancers Learn 8 New
Clogging Dances at the Blossom Hill Festival
The Blossom Hill Festival showcased 8 teachers with
new dances for the cloggers on July 19th in Belmont.
It was a day full of clogging workshops, seeing
friends, a bit of eating, a short NCCA meeting, and
more clogging in the evening.
Check out a few photos
2014 "Hooked on Classics" NCCA Convention was a
blast from the past!
enjoyed three days of clogging workshops -- with an
emphasis on classic favorites plus new dances, as
well -- dancing, eating, fun, seeing friends,
shopping, winning awesome prizes, and watching a
fantastic exhibition show. Photos will be posted
soon. Watch this website for information on next
Get your tickets
to an exciting clogging show and help out a
young dancer at the same time!
teams from throughout Northern California are coming
together to put on a benefit performance to help raise
funds for Brittany Harrison's lyme disease treatment.
Come support a strong young woman
to regain her health! See the flier here.
to everyone, $1100 was raised and that's
helping to make a difference for Brittany! Photos
from the benefit are here. 4/30/14
Be sure to check
upcoming clogging events for early 2014. Go to Events for
11 - Doug Chin Clogging Classic in Orangevale, CA
Feb. 14-15 - Clog Down featuring Eric Bice in Vancouver,
Mar. 8 - March Madness in Danville, CA
Apr. 25-27 - NCCA's 31st Annual Convention in Modesto,
"Hooked on Classics" approaches
You don't want to miss this premier
clogging event in Northern California, with three
days full of clogging fun, friends, performances,
workshops, shopping, and more. See
the flier here
or register online
National Clogging Convention to be in Reno,
This is big news! This will be only the fourth time the
National Clogging Convention has been on the west coast.
You have plenty of time to plan, as the convention is
Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For more information,
visit the C.L.O.G.
2013 Convention a Big
Success and Fun Time!!
Dancers had a blast at NCCA's 30th Annual Convention in
April. We celebrated 30 years of clogging conventions.
Wow! Morgan Hudson from Kentucky was the featured
instructor and kept the dancers moving and laughing all
weekend. We can't wait to have him return.
Pictures of the 2013 Convention can be seen on Lois
Elling's SmugMug site.
NCCA Dancers Perform
in Perfect Cowboy Movie
Several cloggers from NCCA auditioned, practiced, and
then performed as a clogging team and as extras in the
independent film, Perfect Cowboy.
Thanks to Michele Hill for making it all possible. Ken
Roht, the maker of the film, was looking for cloggers
and contacted Michele. Auditions were set up and close
to 30 dancers came. They learned a routine written by
both Michele and Kellee Ramirez, and then performed it
for the judges (Michele, Kellee, and Lois Elling), all
in just a couple of hours. Everyone did a great job. In
the end, 15 dancers were chosen for a team of 12 plus 3
alternates. After an afternoon rehearsal a few weeks
later, it was decided all 14 dancers in attendance (one
was out of town) would be the team.
One scene of a concert was to be filmed at the Barnyard
Theater outside of Davis, California. This gave the
cloggers a chance to rehearse with the band and be
extras at the concert.
The day of the filming arrived on June 30 and all
dancers congregated at The Station in Roseville,
California. The Station is an interesting place, having
been built from old railroad cars. Inside it's a bar,
bistro, and dance hall. The cloggers were in several
scenes: one where the dancers did a clogging performance
in their plaid shirts, then a few were extras dancing
the country two-step, and lastly, cloggers and others
joined in as extras dancing a country-western line
dance, which Kellee choreographed.
It was a fun, interesting, and tiring day. Everyone made
new friends and wouldn't have traded the experience for
anything. After about a year for post-production, the
movie should be out by summer, 2014. Check out the
movie's site for updates.
Pictures of the practice, rehearsal and barn concert,
and bar performance and filming can be seen on Lois
Elling's SmugMug site.
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