|History of the Grand River Cloggers
We were first known in the studio as "the cloggers." Our first
demo was in April of 1998 when Tina (Ronson) married Keith
Curtis and the cloggers entertained the guests.
As the years have gone on and the more interest it sparked
many students have come out to learn how to clog. After a
group discussion and a vote the name "Grand River
Cloggers" became the official group name. The name comes
from the cities main water source, the Grand River. This river
and its tributaries flow through the many towns and villages
where many of our cloggers reside; Brantford, Paris, Ayr,
Cambridge, Kitchener, St. George and Burford.
In September of 2001, the classes were moved to a local Parks
and Recreation facility to accommodate the growing number
The demo group has performed at numerous events over the
years including Christmas parties, grand openings, local
festivals, retirement and nursing homes, and private parties.
At the present time our demo team consists of over twenty
dedicated individuals who always give there 100% while
performing for the enjoyment of others. It s this group who
have made the Grand River Cloggers well known in our
Classes continue to grow each year with a total of more than
100 students taking lessons in the last season. The group
ranges in age from teenagers to the young at heart (60+).
Tina also teaches a group of adults who range in age from 50-
80+. They are known as the Beckett Cloggers.
The Beckett Cloggers
Tina began teaching the Beckett Cloggers in September 2000.
Over the years these cloggers have performed all around.
They have performed for local events at the Beckett Building
including Oktoberfest celebrations, Drama Club productions,&
the Open house for the renaming of the center. They also
venture out of town entertaining for Nursing & Retirement
homes as well as local venues. This year they also
entertained at the Paris Fair for Seniors Day.
Over the years the ladies have participated in the Seniors
Jubilee hosted by the Royal Bank at Roy Thompson Hall in
They have also danced many times at the 50+ Workshop
hosted by a variety of groups in the
This dedicated group dances every Wednesday morning from
10 am – 11 am all year round! Last Spring a new group of
beginners began on Wednesdays as well from 9 am - 10 am.
Not just anyone can be a “Beckett Clogger” ! You need to be
at least 50 years young to join the group! This group ranges in
age from 50 – 76 years young! Classes are held at the Beckett
Adult & Leisure Centre – Activities for the 50 +. Keep your
eyes open for this “young at heart” group!
Our main goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxed
and fun atmosphere while learning a skill and keeping fit at
the same time.