Aldbrickham Clog & Step Dancers enjoy performing traditional dances from Britain to live music at local events and festivals, in the summer we dance at pubs with other local groups.
AbC performs both in clogs and shoes. The type of clogs which we wear have wooden soles and leather uppers with laces. Our dances come from all over the British Isles from Shetland to Cornwall via the Isle of Man and Wales. We also create new dances from archive descriptions or we make them up using traditional steps.
Step dances are traditional dances in hard soled shoes with rhythmic step patterns. Dances are for both groups and soloists, and our repertoire also includes music hall dances which are an important part of the clog and step dance heritage. Our costume is based on the working clothes worn in the countryside from the Victorian era until the first World War.
Dancing Westmoreland Five Reel at The Bell at Aldworth, 2015
This dance has an unusual reel figure for 5 dancers, the dance is described in Traditional Dancing in Lakeland by JF & TM Flett. According to the book, the Five Reel was only danced occasionally as an exhibition dance and few people could remember the detail!
Thank you to Andrew Godfrey, Bob Smith, Mark Iliff and John Turner for the use of their photos
Performing traditional dances in clogs and shoes from all over the UK. Open Evenings 18 & 23 September all welcome.
Here we are, dancing the Shetland Six Hand Reel at Stoke Row Steam Fair 2017
The elements of the dance are described in Traditional Dancing in Scotland by JF & TM Flett. In the first reel - described as running the reel, the ladies lead and their partners follow them, this is danced to the tune Willafjord. In the second reel is known as the Auld Reel, technically its the Auld Reel of Whalsay, which is also the name of the tune, the partners dance the reel with arms linked behind them.
We are always glad to meet people who would like to have a go at our dances. We are holding two Open Evenings on 18 & 25 September, if you let us know your shoe size beforehand we’ll try to find you a spare pair of clogs. If you are interested but can’t make either of those sessions you’ll be welcome any Tuesday.
We practice at Park URC, Palmer Park Avenue, Reading at 8.15 pm on Tuesdays. In the summer we often dance with other groups so please check the events page or contact us to check where we are.
We have also danced at Oxford Folk Festival, Reading Bastille Day Celebrations, Chippenham Folk Festival, Reading Waterfest, Stoke Row Steam Fair, Wallingford Bunkfest, and Düsseldorf, Reading's twin town.