Established in 1991 and based near Newport, Brandywine performs Appalachian clogging – a traditional, high energy, percussive step dance that developed in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA through many different influences. It is a lively, improvisatory dance style encompassing elements of English, Irish, African-American, and native American foot-work and rhythms and is accompanied by bluegrass or old-time banjo and fiddle tunes. Originally those with workday boots danced in them whilst poorer performers danced in bare feet. Today the dance is more stylised and ‘cloggers’ wear leather shoes with steel heel and toe taps. We choreograph our own dances, synchronising percussive stepping with the music.