Aldbrickham Clog & Step Dancers enjoy performing traditional dances from Britain to live music at local events and festivals, in the summer we dance at pubs with other local groups. We have also danced in Düsseldorf and in Belgium.
We were formed in 2001, our name comes from Thomas Hardy’s name for Reading which is where we are based.
AbC performs both in clogs and shoes. In case you are wondering, the type of clogs which were worn in Britain have wooden soles and leather uppers with laces.
Our dances come from all over the British Isles from Shetland to Cornwall via the Isle of Man and Wales. We also create new dances from archive descriptions or we make them up using traditional steps.
Step dances are traditional dances in hard soled shoes with rhythmic step patterns. Dances are for both groups and soloists, and our repertoire also includes music hall dances which are an important part of the clog and step dance heritage.
Our costume is based on the working clothes worn in the countryside from the Victorian era until the first World War.
We practice at Park URC Palmer Park Avenue, at 8.15 pm on Tuesdays. In the summer we often dance with other groups so please check the events page or phone or email to check that we will be there.
We have also danced at Oxford Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, Reading Waterfest, Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Mapledurham House, Stoke Row Steam Fair, Wallingford Bunkfest, and Düsseldorf, Reading's twin town.
We have been saddened to hear of the death of Jennifer Millest who was a founder member of our forerunner Reading Traditional & Step Dance Group
Jennifer was a member of Tom Fletts display team at Liverpool University, performing the dances which Tom and his wife Joan had collected in Lakeland and rural Scotland. She had great enthusiasm for these dances and taught and performed them on many occasions. She was involved in running the 24 Clog & Step Dance festivals run by Reading Cloggies and gave the lecture at the 2001 Festival.
Jennifer had a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional dance from the British Isles and will be sadly missed.
A memorial service will take place in January 2015.
The Sheet Dance, in Broad Street Reading. 10 August 2013