Our Dance program is constructed in levels. Most genres (except Character, Liturgical, & Ballroom) follow this system:
- Level 1: Creative Movement (ages 3 – 4)
- Level 2: Ballet/Jazz I (ages 4-6)
- Level 3: Ballet/Jazz II (ages 5-6)
- Level 4 – 8: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Modern, Tap, Clogging (most begin at age 7, students are placed by teachers by age and skill level)
The word “clog” has its origins in Gaelic and means “time.” In clogging, students learn to dance in time with music to the downbeat, with the heel keeping rhythm. Students will learn basic to more advanced clogging steps, all while learning to count time to energetic and fun music. In clogging, especially, dancers use their feet as instruments of praise to the Lord.
Clogging Q & A:
Q: How is Clogging different from Tap?
A: Clogging and Tap have many similarities. Clogging is a North American folk dance that originated in the Appalachian Mountains. Tap is a percussive form of dance born in America, but based on a combination of African and European traditions. Both use metal taps on the bottom of the shoes. Clogging taps usually have an articulated or hinged tap, and is performed by keeping time to the down beat of the music. Each of the two styles of tap emanate a different sound.
Q: What kind of music do you use for Clogging?
A: Almost any kind of upbeat music can be used for clogging. Anything from Country to Pop, and Bluegrass to Hip Hop!
Q: Do you do competition Clogging?
A: AFAA does not compete, but focuses on the love of learning the style for the purpose of joyful worship. We do have several opportunities each year to perform, but not compete.
Q: What is a good age to learn Clogging?
A: Some start as young as 7 years old, while others may not start until their teen or adult years.
Q: What is the best kind of Clogging shoes?
A: There are a variety of styles of Clogging shoes: The most popular kind are the white lace-up Oxford with Steven Stomper taps. They come in regular shoe style or split sole.