These two young girls came to win this dance competition!
The two young girls were performing a dance routine to Shania Twain’s song “Up.” The crowd yells for them the entire time as they demonstrate how talented they are. Their height difference does not stop these two girls from being perfectly in tune with each other. If you were wondering what type of dance this is, it is clogging! This is not traditional clogging either, this is modern clogging.
Dorothy Stephenson explains the roots of clogging as, “the melting pot of dances … during the 1700’s in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. Scottish, Irish, English, and Dutch-German settlers found common ground through dance. Over time, their styles wove together and Clogging was born. As Clogging spread throughout the United States, other influences, such as Native American and African, found their way into this new dance form.”
Traditional cloggers wear steel taps on the heel and toes of their dancing shoes. They would tap these steel heels and toes to the beat of the music through a dance. Traditional clogging, also known as drag-style clogging, is still relevant in modern clogging.
Modern clogging has grown into adding more styles of dance and does not solely include the original clogging dance moves.
Stephenson states that modern clogging, “features influences of Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Pointe throughout precision routines. Modern Cloggers do not don the stereotypical crinoline and petticoat that their predecessors once did. Sequins, fringe, and netting are all fair game now.”
These two young girls made sure to add in those sequins to their clogging attire.
The two girls come out onto the stage and take their position for the routine. They have their hands intertwined between each other from the very beginning. As their heads are down waiting for their music to start, you can sense the nerves as the older girl looks up really quick at the crowd. Yet, once the music starts these girls move fast!
There is no easing into this routine, they are there to tear up that stage from the very beginning.
Clogging includes elements of so many different types of dance and their routine is including them all! These girls are dancing as if they are clogging professionals. Once they had started to dance, their initial jitters seem to completely disappear. They have practiced and are ready for their big moment. It is not only their quick footwork that is impressive, it is the twisting and turning of their intertwined hands too.
The girls have to focus on their hands and feet during this complicated dance.
This duo never slows down throughout their entire performance!
The girls split up twice throughout the dance and let each other shine on their own. The girls might not be attached with their arms anymore, but they are performing in perfect tandem still. They never miss a beat, so when they come back together it happens perfectly on beat.
The girls end their performance, while they are separated, and point to the sky. The girls do not want for anymore cheers, even though the crowd is going wild, but walk off confidently straight off the stage.
These two girls just rocked that stage and they know it!
Enjoy their fun performance below!
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