Free Appalachian clogging workshop

Elation Center for the Arts offers a free Appalachian clogging workshop for all ages on Monday, March 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

This family-oriented event will be followed by weekly beginning classes at the same time each Monday evening.

Clogging is a uniquely American dance form with origins in the British Isles and Europe. The clogging you see today is an evolution of the Appalachian mountain folk dances of the 1800s, a blending of Irish, German, English, Dutch and African American influences. Clogging has the influence of several other dance styles including, Square Dance, Jazz and some tap.

That may sound complicated, but the beginning workshop is an introduction to the eight simple steps that are the foundation of clogging and easy enough for children to learn quickly.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled hour of dancing to old-time fiddle tunes with ECA instructor Carla Roberts.

The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Avenue. Take U.S. 160 to Vista Boulevard. Turn north on Vista and left on Port.

For more information call 731-3117. Log on to elationarts.org for the full ECA class schedule.