Dance Program for Seniors : Clogging

Organization Sponsor: Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre

Organization Partner: Niagara Falls, City


Program Description

Clogging is a great aerobic activity both for the body and mind. No partner is needed. Some experience is needed. No special shoes needed. Come out and have fun! Anyone from 2 to 92 can do it. If you line dance you can clog. It is a mixture of step and tap dancing.Clogging is described as "total exercise," meeting the five criteria for a well-rounded exercise program,

Clog dancing was a common pastime in 18th century England. It is thought to have developed in the Lancashire cotton mills where wooden soled clogs were preferred to leather soles because the floors were kept wet to help keep the humidity high, important in cotton spinning. Clog dancers were a common sight at the music halls throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Dan Leno became world champion clog dancer in the 1880's although records show that competitive clog dancing was a frequent occurrence throughout the 19th century.

Clogging is known now as Appalachian mountain tap dancing, a type of folk dance in which the dancer's footwear is used musically by striking the heel, the toe, or both in unison against a floor or each other to create audible percussive rhythms. Influences for this dance originated from several sources. Besides the English influence discussed above, traditional dance of Native Americans had an impact on the development of this dance. A surprising influence also came from the solo dances of the African Americans.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Club membership $24.00 plus $2.00 class fee

Funding Sources: 

City of Niagara Falls

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre prides itself in taking care of the recreational needs of the 50 plus in Niagara Falls. Gone are the days of the image of a slow paced senior centre, instead we now see a rather vibrant, energetic hub of activity that enhances the quality of life of members age 50 to 90 years.

Impact Of Program: 

We presently serve over 2000 older adult men and women in the Niagara Region. With membership growth we are seeing a shift in programming to include evening classes to meet the needs of our younger active members and exercises that include strength and flexibility for our older adults. The Centre, a department of the Parks, Recreation & Culture for the City of Niagara Falls is located on the corner of Summer and Main Street and offers over 50 programs a week

Evaluation Tools: 

Programs and services are continually being evaluated by Coronation staff. Feedback and evaluation forms are given at the end of every session.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

"The mission of the Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre is to enhance the quality of life and well being of those 50 and over in the city of Niagara Falls. The Coronation Centre strives to contribute to the social, educational and recreational needs by offering programs and services in a safe and comfortable environment."

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Getting people to try new things is always a challenge. There are a a lot of clogging performance groups which helps increase its popularity and enhance the overall experience.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre was originally formed in 1968 as the Greater Niagara Senior Citizen’s Association located at the Niagara Falls Badminton and Fitness Club.

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