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What is Clog Dancing?

North West Morris is characterised by brightly coloured costume, live music, a steady drum beat and clogs. It has its origins in the mill towns of North West England, although you can find sides (groups of dancers and musicians) throughout the country and further afield. Clogs, long lasting and practical, were worn by mill workers, both men and women, and the paved streets of developing towns were ideal for dancing. The earliest dances were processional and each area had its own dance. North West Morris is very much a living tradition with some dances based on the old ones, some heavily adapted and new ones constantly developed.

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