English clog dancing, which was hugely popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in Australian, has almost completely disappeared from our tradition. However, there are many references and a wealth of collected tunes. A number of dances have survived, notably the Milkmaid’s Waltz, and the Melbourne Clog Dance.
Clogs were once a common, utilitarian form of footwear worn throughout the British Isles and consequently Australia. English style clogs with a wooden sole and a leather upper were durable, easily resoled, particularly suited to wet conditions, good for preventing the loss or intrusion of heat, and just as comfortable as shoes. Clogs were always seen as practical and not fashionable.
We are currently researching this area and welcome any information.
To be included:
Instructions for Melbourne Clog Dance.
Instructions and music for Clog Waltz.
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