Clogging, or buck dancing, is a style of folk dance that originated with the Scotch-Irish settlers in the eastern mountains of Tennessee. Characterized by an erect upper body and a fast-paced toe-heel movement with the feet, traditional clogging is improvisational. Performers move at a very fast pace to the music of string bands.
Clogging was popularized during the 1940s and 1950s on television and radio shows that showcased country music. Modern clogging is often choreographed and performed with a partner.
Clogging can trace influences from Native American and African-American styles of dance, as well as the traditional dance of the British Isles.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition