Clogger inducted into hall of fame
A DEDICATED dancer stomped her way to top honours after being inducted into the Australian Clogging Hall of Fame.
Jenny Neal began her clogging career – a dance style similar to tap – with her daughter at the Moonbeam Cloggers 20 years ago.
She became hooked and clogged at the adult classes regularly.
So keen to attend her first festival, Jenny took extra classes, obtained cue sheets and studied 24 hours a day.
Later, she was “talked into” trying cueing and then teaching and taught her first dance in 1997 to the Credence Clearwater Revival version of Down on the Corner.
All her hard work and dedication paid off recently after she received an invitation into hall of fame.
Jenny became a member of the Australian Clogging Association (ACA) in 1993. Along with her husband and local instructors, Jenny was instrumental in making clogging part of the annual Gympie Muster since 1997.
Jenny became co-organiser of the Storm King Clog Camp in 2002 and co-hosted two ACA conventions in Gympie in 1999 and 2005.
She was invited to be the international instructor for the New Zealand Clogging Convention in 2007 and held the position of Queensland representative.
Jenny is now an intermediate level cue-sheet checker, working tirelessly with her fellow checkers to standardise dancing and cue sheets in Australia.
Jenny is proud to have taught many young children, some of whom clogged with her all their school years. She is an exceptional supporter and promoter of clogging and the ACA.
The Rise’n’Shine and Moonshine clubs are still strongly followed in Gympie.
They meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and also demonstrate their dance style at the region’s events.