Think tap-dancing, but make it country. Thats what you get in this popular YouTube video. These country dancers are competing for the title of Champion Buck Dancer.
What is Buck Dancing?
Buck Dancing is a form of clogging, a lot like tap dancing. What makes a dance considered ‘a clog’ is when the footwear, boots or metal soles, is used to make a percussive sound to go along with the beat and rhythm of the music being played. Dancers typically strike the heel toe or both to create the sound to keep in time with the song, this is why tap shoes typically have metal at the heels and toes to make the signature sound.
Buck Dancing does have a signature look. While tap dancing tends to be a classy look with shiny shoes and shiny skirts, buck dancing is very country. To the band in the background in suspenders and hats to the boots and old fashioned dresses a couple of the dancers wore- its like they time traveled from a simpler time.
National Championship Buck Dancing
How anyone could judge a competition like this, I don’t know. It would be nearly impossible! But that just means the stakes are high and each dancer needs to take their routine very seriously.
The dancers in the video have equally amazing routines. Their moves were spot on and done perfectly. They never misses a beat- literally. One the most impressive parts is that none of them even look like they’re trying. The dancers’ feet just move that quick. All three glide across the stage with the upper half of their body barely moving. The look on their faces don’t even make the dance look like it takes that much effort.
But dances like this take a lot of practice. It’s obvious that to be able to move your feet like that you have to have been doing it for a long time. It’s no doubt that these dancers started young, and now that practice has paid off and they’re in the championships.
These three dancers are actually the best of the best. They all did so well that they all tied- in the Championships! But there can only be one winner and you’ll just have to watch the video for yourself to find out!
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