Archives for June 2009

The Fab Five on America’s Got Talent!

I just turned on the TV and boom, there they were – the “Fab Five” from Utah, Idaho, etc.

That’s right, the Whitear girls were on America’s Got Talent…And they’re headed to VEGAS!

It’s so exciting to see clogging going GLOBAL!  I think people are shocked at how fun and “modern” clogging really is.

What do you think, will The Fab Five go as far as All That on America’s Got Talent?

Here’s what one had to say about their performance:

The Fab Five (Clogging Group): First I can’t imagine coming up with a more overused and bland group name. They are pretty good cloggers though but at this point I am kind of sick and tired of clogging. I personally have seen enough clogging and can’t seen an act bring anything new to the table. None of the prior acts could some close to winning so I don’t think this year will be any different. Unless you are phenomenal you have no chance at winning. The Fab Five wasn’t phenomenal in my opinion. They deserve to move on but I don’t think they have much lasting potential.  B    Moved On


UPDATE! Here’s the link to a GREAT VIDEO of The Fab Five on America’s Got Talent:

(Video) The Fab Five on America’s Got Talent!

Clogging is for Kids – And Breakdancers!

This little guy deserves the grand prize. He must be about 4 or 5… ClogOn!

What Can You Do With Your Clogging Dance Feet?

Don’t you think this is a GREAT question for an avid clogger who has talented feet?

Sure, we can “fancy double” with the best of them – and “chugging” is old news, but what else can you do with you clogging feet?

Check out with this guy can do?

Amazing Foot Guitarist – Watch more Funny Videos

We should all donate to send this amazing guitar player a new pair of men’s clogging shoes!

Do you have cool things you can do with your feet?

Send us a video and we’ll post it for you (must be PG or G rated :)).

Video of Bailey Mountain Cloggers 1997

Bailey Mountain Cloggers 1997

This is traditional clogging by one of the best clogging teams, if not THE best, in the east – Bailey Mountain Cloggers.

What kind of clogging shoes are they wearing? Are the taps jingle, buck taps, or regular Steven’s Stompers?

Kristine Handy – Clogging Instructor in Burley Idaho

Kristine Handy

Burley, Idaho Clogging Instructor

Who is Kristine Handy?

Kristine Handy was born and raised in the small town of Burley, Idaho, a “suburb” of Boise (only 2 and ½ hours away:)). She began clogging and other international folk dances in 1974 as a collegiate member of the Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble. Here she was introduced to the traditional Appalachian clogging style, and her excitement for clogging grew and grew from there. Like most avid cloggers, after seeing clogging for the first time she couldn’t get enough.  Denis Cobia had a small children’s group which performed in and around the Provo, Utah area, and she loved watching the talents they shared. After over 30 years of involvement in clogging and other dance forms, her impression of clogging remains extremely positive: “It is a great alternative to the hip-grinding studio jazz teams.  It is a great outlet for guys.  The athletic coaches in our area encourage the team members to clog…[I] love the fact that is has American folk roots…Clogging has opened many doors in my life.  We’ve been able to perform in Branson, Missouri six summers and take teams to six international festivals around the world…Clogging has [been] met with great enthusiasm in our area.”

Where has clogging taken her?

After graduating from college, Kristine and her husband Clay Handy, who she met during her involvement in clogging, moved back to Burley, Idaho where they started their own studio.  Countless hours were spent teaching clogging; it became a “family activity” for many people in the area.  She directed many teams, including the Dynamic Dozen (1987-1997), a nationally famous team who competed and performed all over the world.  This team was “…a hardworking group of young people [who] consistently won at a competitive level.”  Kristine’s teams have taken her to places such as Silver Dollar City, Dollywood, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Missouri, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan.

Top Success in Clogging

After all of Kristine’s clog dancing success, she attributes her biggest success to her five dancing children.  Melissa Handy Morgan, Clayton Donald Handy, Lucas Gordon Handy, Hillary Hapi Handy, and Branson Kenneth Handy have all been actively involved in clogging, making clogging literally a “family activity” for a lifetime.

How to “Keep Clogging Strong”?

Kristine is constantly striving to “Keep Clogging Strong”.  She is “…always trying new things.  I figure any rhythmic expression works with clogging.  We’ve learned Irish, Hungarian Boot Dance, Steppin’, and our latest Pattin’ Juba.”  In order to Keep Clogging Strong for her young men dancers, Kristine understands that “boys have to feel comfortable about the dances and costumes.  You can’t demand [boys] to choose between sports and dance or you lose.”  The Dynamic Dozen has been one of her greatest testimonials:  it consisted of six boys and six girls.  Each boy on the team was extremely involved in high school athletics.  Kristine understood that in order to create a win/win situation for her young clogging teams, each member had to have specific goals in mind – a special trip, a big competition, or a spectacular show.  These goals were motivating factors to maintain team unity, excitement, and ultimately, fun and success on the clogging floor!!  She believes guest choreographers also help the students have a more rounded dance experience.

Clogging Advice?

When asked if there was one piece of advice Kristine Handy could give to the up and coming cloggers or even those who have been clogging for some time, she said, “Don’t let yourself get muddled down in the negative.  Stay positive with the kids.  Build great people as you build great dancers.  Be proud or your profession!”

Kristine Handy continues to “Keep Clogging Strong” in Burley, Idaho.  If you live in the Mini-Cassia area and would like to find out more about clog dancing opportunities, contact us at

Special thanks to Kristine for her time and the amazing impact she’s made on cloggers all over the world.  Keep Clogging Strong!