During the industrial revolution, workers flocked to work in the Lancashire cotton mills wearing clogs with leather uppers and soles made of Alder wood. After a day's work they would tap with the clogs and dance the rhythms of the looms & machinery in the mills. Thus evolved the now famous 'heel & toe' dances, and later on tap dancing. Today clog dancing continues as a living & evolving tradition. Different stepping dances from all regions of the UK continue to be danced and performed, with stepping from Ragtime, folk, and contemporary rhythms choreographed for today's dancer.
Ryknild Rabble have several dancers who perform a range of these dances as part of the team's repertoire when dancing out. New members would be welcome to learn the dances & perform.