Appalachia Folk Dancing

Feet Of Flames

Clogging at the mountain folk festival berea ky 2012

One of the highlights of attending the Mountain Folk Festival every year for the girls-is getting to show off their clogging. This year they had Brian, a fellow JCCFS Clogger, with them.

Clogging was born right here in the Appalachian Mountains. The folks who settled here-the Irish, Scottish, English, and German brought along their folk dances with them. Over the years those dances along with the Cherokee and African influences morphed into what we recognize as clogging today.

Chatter and Chitter have been clogging for almost 6 years-and Brian-has been at it even longer. The routine, Feet Of Flames, they chose for Berea has an Irish feel to it. The music as well as the steps-go through a variety of emotions.

Whew-it makes me tired just watching it! Of course I’m prejudice-but I think they did an outstanding job-don’t you?

Tipper

 

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32 Comments

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    Glynda
    April 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    You betcha they did! Wow makes me tired too just watching those feet fly like that. Be proud of them, be very, very proud of them, they deserve it and so do you and their dad for being the wonderful parents that you are to these two beautiful and talented young ladies.

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    Sassy
    April 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    That was awesomely beautiful Tipper!

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    Charlotte
    April 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! That was great! My feet would be in a tangle!

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    Lise
    April 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    This was great! The girls are fabulous and you have every right to be prejudiced! Brings me back to my tap dancing days! Maybe I will have to give clogging a go:), but I am positive I could not keep up with them!

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    Suzi Phillips
    April 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I love clogging-amazing job!

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    Clint
    April 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Fabulous!

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    janet pressley
    April 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Way to go ChitChatters!!! Nana

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    Janet Smart
    April 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I wish I had their energy. I love clogging, we used to have a politician who clogged, he’d walk in our Ripley 4th of July parade every year, everyone cheered when he started clogging.

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    Helen G.
    April 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Pride and prejudice… sounds familiar. You have every right to both emotions. For your girls and Brian to be able to do that routine they all had to work very hard and practice a lot. You and Deerhunter instilled that work ethic in your girls. It was heartwarming to see their enthusiasm and dedication.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Bradley
    April 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Those kids are great! You know they’d have to be in top physical shape. I’ll bet their normal pulse rate is probably in the low fifties. Are those kids talented huh, huh, huh, huh, huh? Why shore.
    Tipper I bet you are so proud you could bust a button. God gave you a beautiful and talented daughter and then to top it off…he turned around and gave you an extra one. He must like you.

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    Bryon
    April 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! They are very good. Thanks for sharing.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    April 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Wonderful, Tipper! The girls warmed my heart as well as my toes. Reading the history of clogging brought back memories. When I was in high school (’58-’62), there was a Mountain Youth Gamboree in Asheville with competition for both smooth and clogging square dancing as well as folk dancing. I was the member of a folk dance team that competed. Clogging back then was much more free style and in some respects was more aligned with what was called buck dancing than the clogging style of today.

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    Ken
    April 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Tipper,
    That was amazing! Brian, Chitter,
    and Chatter went non-stop for 4.16
    and weren’t even breathing hard.
    They made us all proud! …Ken

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    B. Ruth
    April 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Tipper,
    Just wonderful…..I have to admit that I peeked behind the post day before yesterday and watched Feet of Flames….
    Now then, I get to see it again today, which I was hoping you would post….Boy, oh boy did it warm up the room on this Dogwood winter day….
    The girls are so good. They “rattled the timbers” on that one….LOL One of these days I’m gonna see them in person…LOL
    Thanks Tipper for sharing with us…

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    Rechelle
    April 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    That was amazing Tipper! I can see why you are so proud- tell the girls they did an absolutely brilliant job-

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    dolores barton
    April 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

    That was incredibly energenic and wonderful. I actually had my toes thumping, but no legs going. I got tired just watchin’! Great feet thumpin’!

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    Susan C
    April 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wonderful! They are amazing. Makes me want to get my clogging shoes out again, but I don’t think I could ever dance that fast. Brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart to see these young people carry on the traditions.

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    Mamabug
    April 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    WOW! Those kids did an awesome job! So glad you shared this with us. I know you’re one proud mama.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    WOW! Maybe it should be Feats of Flight instead of Feet of Flame. They seem to be airborne at times.
    What do you feed them girls? No wonder they can eat Cream Cheese Danish and still stay so trim.
    Talk about cardio. Anybody every check their heart rate after that? I wonder how far they would have run if you translated their steps to forward motion.
    I usually can’t watch video full screen on my old antique computer but I tried it today. It worked, but it was in slow motion. It was better that way. I could see moves that I missed at normal speed. Not only can’t my feet keep up, my eyes can’t either? When I get through here I am going to try it again. Might get the usual black screen but it’s worth a try.

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    Rick Kratzke
    April 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    That was awesome, I really enjoyed watching that. Tell them for me the were great.

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    Wanda in NoAla
    April 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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    MadSnapper
    April 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    tell Chitter and Chatter I loved the Feet of Flames. they are so good at clogging, i love Irish dancing and this was great. me to on the worn out watching.

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    Bill Dotson
    April 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Great job girls, makes me wish I was young again so I could do that.

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    kay dallas
    April 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

    wow–amazed–awesome–beautiful–exhausting–exacting– WHEW LUV LUV LUV. i have to go rest!

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    Bill Burnett
    April 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Great Job Young’uns!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Loved the video of Chatter and Chitter and Brian in “Feet of Flames”! Excellent! Also enjoyed the Circle Dance. Everyone was having such fun, and performing so well! Glad they’re keeping the clogging folk tradition alive and well!

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    Mike McLain
    April 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    That was excellent, Tipper! They all did a great job! I am surprised, though, that I didn’t see a pair of cowgirl boots with taps…

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    Miss Cindy
    April 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Wow, the energy of youth is amazing. Yes, they did a fantastic job and the dance is well named. I don’t know how they got faster, but they did.
    I bet the three of them were so pleased with with all that applause. They certainly deserved it.
    Congratulations to Chitter, Chatter, and Brian!!

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    kat
    April 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Wow! They did a wonderful job of clogging. What fun it appears to be.

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    Marianne
    April 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I’m exhausted just from watching them, LOL. Great performance!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Sandy Carlson (USA)
    April 7, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Those are some talented kids! Wow. Some fancy footwork, too.
    Happy Easter!

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    Don Casada
    April 7, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Very nice! It wore me out watching, too, but it didn’t look like they were even breathing hard when they finished.

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