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  Practice Sessions
Northcrest Community (lower level)
1801 20th Street
Ames, Iowa

Sunday evenings
3:00 pm - Band   4:30 pm - Cloggers

Contact Information
Merlin Pfannkuch and Nancy Blyler

Von Kaster and Mary Sand

About the Cloggers and the Band
Clogging is a joyous, energetic American folk dance native to the Appalachian Mountain region. Dancing an old-time style called Virginia flatfoot clogging, the Onion Creek Cloggers make music with their feet.

The music of the Onion Creek Band has the sound and character of a good, front porch jam session. The band plays old-time fiddle tunes and Celtic music on a mix of traditional folk instruments: fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, hammer dulcimer, bass fiddle, and spoons.

The Onion Creek Cloggers and the Onion Creek Band are available to entertain audiences of all ages, from children to grandparents. The Onion Creek Cloggers perform lively routines to the bandís music, and they invite the audience to join them in simple, easy-to-learn circle dances, square dances, and contras. The Onion Creek Band plays music for weddings and other celebrations, accompanies clogging performances, and provides callers and music for old-time barn dances.

The Onion Creek Cloggers and the Onion Creek Band meet once a week for informal sessions shared by beginning and more advanced dancers and musicians. Newcomers are always welcome. The Onion Creek Cloggers and the Onion Creek Band enjoy teaching those who come to learn about clogging and old-time music.   

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