Step Clog and traditional dance projects for young people

Our members have enabled young people to learn clog dancing in various ways.  Barbara, for many years, has taught the childrens' workshops at Whitby Folk Week, for example, and young people fave often taken part in festival or other workshops we have tutored.

From 2010 until 2016, Moira, ably assisted by colleagues from Rattlejag Morris team, organised after-school activities, workshops and projects in clog dancing, with some morris and social dance thrown in, at schools in the Retford Oaks Academy family of schools. Initially central to this was the "Leverton Stomp" project at Leverton Academy, which was supported by a grant from Trent Vale Landscape Partnership which included a film presentation and enabled the first batch of red-and-black clogs to be obtained.

Moira went on to work with Retford Oaks, St Swithun's and Bracken Lane schools, and also ran an after-school dance team in Beckingham School up to Easter 2016, when she stepped down.  The Leverton and Beckingham school teams performed at Southwell Folk Fetival and the Lincoln and Retford Family folk days and other events.  Nottinghamshire Community Fund provided a further grant to extend the range of clog shoe sizes to enable the groups to continue.

Rattle Jiggers Trust, a not--for-profit voluntary group, was formed to support these activities and caretake the stock of clog dance shoes and dance artefacts, in keeping with the terms of the grants.  Besides the red-and-black sets of clogs from the intial grants, the stock has been extended by the Trust through donations and furher acquisitions.

Some members of the original Leverton school group later formed a leavers' group in Retford, Rattle Jiggers, who have had success with medals and trophies at the Lancashire and Cheshire clog dancing competitions, performed at Skipton Clogfest, Southwell Roots and Folk Music festival, Lincoln's and Retford's Family Folk Days, for twinning visits in Germany and France, at Demon Barbers Roadshow events, and alongside Rattlejag Morris and Dukes Dandy Clog a number of times.

Rattle Jiggers Trust currently supports two members of Green Ginger/Dukes Dandy, Lynette and Wendy, with a clog dance schools project in Scunthorpe and still hold sets of clogs in range of children's and adult sizes which might also be available to loan to other clog dance teaching projects. 
Contact Moira at moiraruff@hotmail.com to check details.

 See RattleJiggers first ever performance on stage at the 2013 Skipton Clogfest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHEZflPmCWs and in 2014:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5E2pF2lW7s





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