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 until about 1914.
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.
Other appearances include 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.
The Sheet Dance, in Broad Street Reading. 10 August 2013