I fell into clogging quite by accident. I grew up in Kentucky, a hotbed of clogging, but I had never heard of it before. Nor had I heard of Irish step dancing, Canadian step dancing, highland dancing, or any of that good stuff. I learned Western Square Dancing while in high school, but that was the extent of my dance experience, although I thought tap dancing (that I'd seen only on TV) was intriguing.
I took ballet in college, and mentioned to my ballet teacher (who was also the tap teacher) that I wanted to take the tap dance class, but I never could because it was the same time as band. She told me I should consider clogging (which I had still never heard of), and she showed me the Basic step. I don't think I really got it at the time, but several years later when I was living in Atlanta, a co-worker told me about a place that was offering beginning clogging lessons, and since I had heard of it, I checked it out.
Thus it came to be that I learned how to clog from Tandy Barrett at Lawson's Clogging Studio way back in 1985. After beginner lessons, I attended the weekly intermediate class for several years. I joined the Chantilly Lace Cloggers, a 6-woman team that wore tiny little dresses with petticoats and dyed shoes, and performed locally. I went to a local workshop in the North Georgia mountains and had a blast. I was pretty much hooked at this point. I attended the 3rd annual National Clogging Convention put on by C.L.O.G (then it stood for Clogging Leaders of Georgia) in 1986 in Chattanooga, TN. I went by myself because nobody else would go.
In 1988 I moved to Clemson, South Carolina. I was still very clueless and had no idea that there was clogging going on 10 miles away where Bill and Simone Nicols lived. I did no clogging during the 4 years I lived there, other than attending the CLOG convention in 1988 in Charlotte, NC. I really got into softball and running for a while, including a few marathons, then had a baby in 1990.
In 1992 I moved to Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. After a while I started getting interested in clogging again. I attended a workshop in Durham, NC, and from information obtained there, I started contacting people, inquiring about clogging in Virgina.
Finally I found a group - the Bull Run Cloggers, based in Manassas, VA. I joined that group, and instantly had clogging buddies willing to travel to workshops! We went to the National Convention in Nashville in 1996 and 1997, then to Atlanta in 1998. My daughter joined in 1997 at age 7, and we had some good times travelling and performing together. In 1999, the group travelled to Orlando to perform at Disney World, and on a Carnaval cruise ship.
After dancing with the Bull Run Cloggers for 5 years, I joined a new group in Fairfax, the Happy Feet Cloggers. Happy Feet has a different costume for every single dance. My closet got very full. I danced with Happy Feet for 4 years and choreographed a lot of their routines.
In 2002, I took a look at the Certified Clogging Instructor program offered through CLOG, Inc. I decided it was something I would like to do, so I signed up and travelled to Ashville, NC to take the mandatory classes. I took 2 years to complete my points, then tested out at the 2004 National Clogging Convention in Washington, DC.
In 2005 I become the director of the Calico Cloggers, also in Fairfax. The Calico Cloggers is a fun group formed by current and former members of other clogging groups in the area: Bull Run, Happy Feet, Lucky Stars, Old Dominion, and Patchwork Dancers.