MORE than 300 clogging enthusiasts will take over Queanbeyan this weekend as the town has the unusual pleasure of hosting the 2013 Clogging Convention.
Silver Soles Cloggers Incorporated President Louise Frodyma said the national event has attracted cloggers from all over the country as well as instructors and dancers from Malaysia, the US and New Zealand.
She said the event would be packed with activities for experienced as well as novice cloggers.
"It's a full weekend of dancing, workshops, instruction, demonstrations, dinner and a banner parade where we have everyone's club fly their flag," Ms Frodyma said.
"We dance all weekend from Friday night to Sunday lunch time."
Programme highlights that will be open to the public include social dancing on Friday and Saturday night from 7pm. Members of the public who may be feeling inspired will also have the change to take part in a free beginner's class on Sunday morning at 9.30am.
Ms Frodyma, who describes clogging as "animated walking", took up the dance genre 17 years ago because she was looking for something a little more challenging than line dancing.
She currently teaches classes based in Kambah and Queanbeyan and has students from two to 81 years of age.
"Clogging is a hill billy style of tap dancing which originated in the Appalachian mountains of America with little a bit of Irish, English, German, Cherokee and African flavour in there," she said.
"We have flat tap shoes compared to tap dancers who wear heels so we can do lots of stamping and stomping. We have double taps - one at the front and one the back."
Ms Frodyma said clogging keeps the mind and body active with many of her older students using it as a way to keep fit and social. Classes will often go out for lunch after a class.
"Clogging keeps you very fit," she said.
"It is not only a great workout, but is a lot of fun. It's good brain food and keeps the blood pressure under control."
The National Clogging Convention will be held at the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Centre from Friday, September 13 to September 15. Queanbeyan clogging classes take place every Sunday at the RSL Bowling Club on Yass Road at 11am.