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Clogging…Convention??

One of the most fun things I’m involved in here at Augie is Clogustana, Augustana’s very own clogging group!  Clogging is a form of dance similar to tap that originated in the Appalachian mountains (no, it doesn’t involve wooden shoes) and was brought to our campus by sisters Kim and Chris Hedlin.  They have been clogging since they were very young and now do their own choreographing and teaching for both their group at home and for us!

Last weekend, we got a chance to go to the Illinois Prairie Clogging Association’s fall workshop and clog all day!  We woke up at 5 am (whew!) and were on the road by 5:45 to Decatur, IL where the workshop was being held.  While there, we got to learn a bunch of new clogging routines (about 1 new song every hour and a half or so) as well as dance some old favorites.

I’ve been to a few of these things in my years at Augie and they never fail to be a riot.  The other people that come range in age from 3-73 and love to have a good time!  Now that Clogustana has been coming to a few of the conventions, the executives of the IPCA are getting to know us and love teasing us about boys and partying and everything else they associate with college girls.  Although dancing for 6-7 hours straight is exhausting, we had a lot of fun.  I didn’t even get lost on my way to the convention (which is my 2nd time out of 4 conventions, haha!).

Here’s a picture of all of us that went- we had a lot of fun and we’ll get to do it again in the spring at the spring clogging convention which is even longer and even more fun!

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