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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
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Country Cloggers dance to their own rhythm


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SUN CITY CENTER — Clogging, sometimes referred to as hillbilly tap dancing, has been a form of folk dance since the 18th century.

But the Sun City Center’s Country Cloggers club isn’t that old. It came together in 2000 with members who had no formal training but shared a common interest — their love of dance.

“I hate exercise programs, but I love friends, good times and music,” said JJ Roberts, choreographer and performance coordinator. “Clogging combines the things I love into a form of exercise I can truly enjoy. Choreographing dances tests my imagination; learning new routines keeps my mind alert. The physical dance is an aerobic workout that is a pure joy.”

For some in the group, there is more to appreciate than just the dance.

“The camaraderie and sense of accomplishment you feel when you work with the group to put together a new performance number is fantastic, from working on the actual dance steps and movements, the practice sessions, to costume design and making of the costume,” said Angie Robenhorst, club president. “When the end product is presented, you are really proud to have been a part of it.”

The club is open to all residents of Sun City Center. Dues are $15 annually. Dancers meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Atrium building, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd.

No experience is necessary. The next class for beginners starts in October. Members are not required to participate in performances.

Although clogging is mostly associated with the country or bluegrass music of Appalachia, the SCC cloggers dance to a variety of music, including pop, swing and oldies. They perform for various organizations.

For more information, contact Karen at (813) 633-8016 or JJ at (813) 642-0426.

Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at elation.la@gmail.com.

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