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Old Palace Clog is a women's Northwest clog dancing group (with male and female musicians) based in Croydon. It was formed in 1984/1985 and was named jointly after the Archbishop's Palace and the old Crystal Palace. We dance at local events and at various festivals and other occasions further afield. You may see us in Croydon, on the South Bank, in the Royal Parks...we have even been to Spain and the Ukraine. We usually perform in spring and summer and practise in autumn and winter. We welcome new dancers or musicians  to join us at any time - come along for a taster session!

Old Palace colours are red, white and green. The dancers  wear a white blouse and white skirt with a green waistcoat and red clogs.

Northwest Clog Dancing

Northwest clog dancing is a form of dance from Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. By the early 19th century, these dances had been incorporated into Christian religious festivals and played an important role in the annual ceremony associated with the changing of rush flooring in the churches of the area. The new rushes were loaded onto a cart and taken in procession to the church. Dozens of dancers would process through the streets accompanying the cart wearing wooden-soled clogs, which were then everyday wear. Towards the end of the 19th century, improvements in church flooring led to a decline of the rush cart processions, but the dances continued in their own right. With the increasing industrialisation of the North West, communities became greatly enlarged and intercommunity rivalry commonplace. Clog "Morris" thrived under these conditions and developed new steps, formations and more refined and elaborate costumes. The First World War dramatically ended these halcyon days and the tradition gradually declined, however the last thirty years or so has seen a great revival of Morris dancing and interest in English traditions.