Clog dance is taken here in the generic sense, i.e. a solo or perhaps duet or trio dance in which the dancers beat out the rhythm of the dance with their feet whilst wearing clogs. These are best accessed by searching for “clog” the Dancers and Informants page, using the search box on the menu bar. Many published notations are available via the Newcastle Series page. Step dance is taken to to cover not only dances in which the rhythm is beaten out when the dancer performs in hard-soled shoes (characterised as ahrd-shoe dance in thelists below), but also solo, duet or trio dances where this beating aspect is absent.
Unlike the position in England, there is less sense of dances “belonging” to a specific geographical area. Instead the area in which the dance was collected or performed is more often used. A subtle but important differemce.
For whatever reason, almost all Scottish clog and step dances have become known by a specific name, sometimes the name allocated by the individual dancer from whom the dance was obtained but also by the folk revival.
Named Step Sets