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North Carolina State Folk Dance

Clogs - Clogging - folk dance: image by Alison Oddy (World of Oddy) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).


North Carolina designated clogging as the official state folk dance in 2005. Clogging (the name originates from the Gaelic word for "time") is a distinctive dance style which originated in the Appalachian mountains.

Clogging is a percussive "foot-tapping" style of dance that evolved through the folk dance traditions of early setters from northern and western Europe (such as Holland, Germany, and the British Isles) and was further shaped by the influence of native American and African dances.

In the 1920's Bascom Lamar Lunsford added team clogging to the competitions held at his annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in AshevilleIn, helping to establish clogging as a significant part of Appalachian cultural heritage. North Carolina also recognizes a popular dance as a state symbol (the shag).