COLD LAKE - Elaine Brisebois has been teaching clogging in Cold Lake since 2011. She took over the club when Barb Bizovie, the teacher who started the Cold Lake Cloggers, moved to British Columbia, where she continues to teach clogging at two senior centres.
This year, Brisebois has 14 students in the class. The classes, which are associated with the Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre, meet weekly at the Mackenzie Arts and Community Centre at 4 Wing Cold Lake to practice. Brisebois, who was introduced to clogging at a workshop, fell in love with the dance from that first class.
“It’s a challenging dance that makes you think but with every new step the dancers learn, they learn a variety of songs; everything from country, to pop, to Celtic songs," she explains.
Throughout the years, the dancers have opportunities to perform at local events in the Lakeland and go to conventions. This year, the international clogging convention is in Nashville. In June, the group is going to the clogging convention in Kelowna, B.C, and in October, the group travels to Fort Saskatchewan for Clogtoberfest.
Locally, the Cold Lake Cloggers have performed at Cold Lake trade shows, during a roller derby half-time show, at the Cold Lake Diwali Festival, where Brisebois was given a song to choreograph and perform with her class, at a school in Bonnyville with one of the teachers who is a clogger, and at a church for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
On June 24, the Cold Lake Cloggers will be performing at the Bonnylodge as a wrap up for the summer.
New classes begin in September and Brisebois says “the classes are for anyone eight to 80, but if someone above 80 wants to come out and dance they can.”