This page shows the contents of the 25th ACA National Convention webpage as they were prior to cancellation of the event on Sun 18 July 2021 due to COVID-19. All the information and downloads from the original page are retained here for archive/reference purposes only.
The ACA National Convention is the premier clogging event of the year in Australia. Each year it is held in different regions on behalf of the ACA. It attracts leaders and dancers from around Australia and New Zealand. It is a weekend event, with social dancing in the evenings and workshops during the day.
Archives from past conventions are available to logged in ACA members.
Important message from Vanessa Moss
Travel to South Australia
Please note the following important information regarding travel to South Australia:
For cloggers who do not have a smartphone, you will be required to provide your contact details to our COVID Marshall, Anne Lucas, who is authorised or required to collect these details. Anne will have copies of the Contact Tracing Record forms available at the venue – your contact details will be kept confidential.
Arriving in SA
Travellers will now receive an email from South Australia Police that requests that they complete a 'Self Check-in'. This will “check” them in as arriving in South Australia.
Travellers will either declare that they have arrived, or will be arriving, in South Australia as per the date declared on their Cross Border Travel Registration.
The email from South Australia Police will arrive on the day you are expected to arrive in South Australia.
Arriving at Adelaide Airport
Travellers entering South Australia by plane must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when on the plane or present at any airport.
Travellers who arrive by plane are required to use the COVID SAfe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival. For travellers who do not have a smartphone, they must provide their relevant contact details to a person authorised or required to collect such contact details.
We are carefully monitoring the situation (just like you). We're all in this together, learning together, and adapting together.
If you have specific questions not addressed here or on the ACA website, ACA Facebook page, Convention Facebook page, please contact us. We're always available to answer your questions and respond to any concerns.
We're working diligently to adapt to new circumstances while planning for our convention. We're grateful to you and your ongoing support, and that you're doing your part to flatten the curve.
Watch this Convention promo video produced by Amanda Lim and Paula Schetters. Registration Forms are downloadable from Convention Documentation below.
YES, we are going ahead with the convention in Adelaide, 12-15 August, 2021! However, it is with heavy hearts that we, the Convention Committee, announce that Judy Waymouth and her dancers are unable to attend because of International border closures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Now that we have broken the news, we have a new plan to share because there's always a silver lining to all of life's ups and downs!
ANNOUNCEMENT re NEW Guest Presenter!
Josh King, is our newly appointed International Guest Presenter! Josh has kindly accepted our offer to come to Adelaide, 12-15 August 2021.
I was so disappointed to hear that Judy Waymouth would not be able to come to Australia this year to share her amazing talents with us at the 25th ACA convention. Covid has knocked the whole world for a loop, and has changed the way we do just about everything. Judy's great, and I really hope she can come over soon to dance with us!
That said, I always try to look for the silver lining in anything. We've had some fantastic dancing happening online over the last year-lots of teaching, fun dances, and community from all over the globe. And if I had to come up with at least one positive from lockdown (I know, it's hard!), it's having a bit of extra time to choreograph. One of my absolute favourite aspects of dancing is choreographing new steps and routines, and then being able to share those dances with others.
I'm grateful to be in Australia where we've all done a great job of working together to slow the spread of Covid. While I realise I have a geographical advantage over the many wonderful instructors overseas, I'm truly honoured to be asked to teach at the 25th convention, and am so very excited to share some new dances and clog with everyone! I can't wait to see y'all in Adelaide!
Josh King resides in Melbourne, Australia. He began clogging more than 30 years ago in Houston, Texas, USA and discovered a passion that would take him around the world, sharing his love of this unique American folk dance with students of all ages. Since then, "the Clogdog" has gone on to become a popular international clogging instructor teaching workshops throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Europe. Josh has choreographed and taught many workshop favorites including National Dance List routines in both the U.S. and Australia, and the workshop classic "All Shook Up". In addition to leading and dancing on competition teams for years, he has been a judge at many premier clogging competitions throughout the U.S. After meeting his wife Della while teaching clogging at the Gympie Music Muster in Australia in 2004, Josh soon after relocated to Australia, where he continues to be active in clogging internationally.
Paula SCHETTERS, Convention Convenor, Thu18Feb2021
Messages from Organisers, ACA 25th National Convention
From the Convention Convenor
Hello Everyone, I am pleased to announce that the 25th ACA National Convention will be going ahead with the revised dates planned for 2021. They are 12-15 August 2021
We will exercise COVID Safe practices throughout.
We have 4 dance spaces, two of which are double sized basketball courts, which will be more than ample for numbers greater than 200 people. Two other spaces are ample for smaller numbers.
Please refer to this page for all other detailed information.
May2020: Adelaide cloggers welcome you to attend the 25th ACA National Clogging Convention, 2021 to be held at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre (YMCA), cnr Oaklands Road and Rosedale Avenue, Morphettville, South Australia, commencing Thursday 12 August 2021 with the Welcome Dance at 7:30pm and concluding Sunday 15 August 2021 at midday.
Although we had to postpone our 2020 convention until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we promise to deliver a very memorable experience for the 25th ACA National Clogging Convention.
If you have already registered for 2020 and would like us to hold your registration over, you don't need to do anything. If you prefer a refund, please contact the Treasurer, Vanessa Moss, see below...
From the Convention Treasurer
As you are all aware the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the 25th ACA National Convention. It has been rescheduled to 12-15 August 2021. The Committee have been working hard to ensure all arrangements are in place to make this year's convention, a convention to remember!
As stated previously, if you are happy to transfer your registration (including anything you have ordered or booked for) to 2021 you don't need to do anything, however, if you wish to be reimbursed for your registration etc please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange your refund (via direct deposit/transfer into your bank account or refund to your credit card; please stipulate which - we do not have access to cheques). Please note that new registrations will be charged the standard registration price (early bird registrations closed 31/12/2019).
We appreciate and value your continued support of our convention.
Please check the ACA website, the 25th National Clogging Convention Facebook page, the ACA Facebook page and the ACA Public Group Facebook page for updates.
I hope you and your family are keeping healthy and safe during these uncertain and unprecedented times.
cnr Oaklands Road & Rosedale Ave, Morphettville, South Australia
Shooting Hints for Step-Teach Videos
If you are going to make your own Step Teach Video, read these guidelines if you want cloggers to enjoy and learn from your instructions!
The main things, in decreasing order of importance, are shown below.
Hold the camera or phone in landscape orientation, like in the image.This is crucial for pleasing playback on TVs or monitors. Don't use a square Instagram format either.
Good sound quality, clear, no noise and adequate volume Play it back, and get someone else to check that they can hear & understand you clearly.
Instructor well lit with soft (not shadowy) lighting. Don't, if possible, have a bright background, like a sunlit outdoors, if you are undercover or indoors.
Use a tripod or monopod to hold the phone or camera steady, if you have one.This is not reality TV - users will want to study your feet!
Fill the frame vertically, head near the top, feet near the bottom. Most importanly, do not cut off your feet!
Focus on the instructor (not on the background).
Neutral or uncluttered background. Do not distract the viewer with messy backgrounds.
Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080px) if available on your phone or camera.
SETTINGS if you have access to them
Double speed frame rate (50 or 60 frames/second) preferable, but the standard (25 or 30fps) will do if not available on your phone or camera.
Recording format preferably AVCHD, MP4, MOV but anything your phone or camera produces can probably be handled.
Read this good article for phone users which gives another point of view on these matters, and the recommendations are equally important for camera users! Have a look at other Step Teach Videos, and at YouTube replays of the Worldwide Clogging Fun Dance and judge for yourself which ones follow these guidelines, and which ones don't!
SOCIAL DANCING: Included are Thursday's Welcome Dance, and Friday and Saturday night's Social Dances
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS: On Friday afternoon, Saturday morning & afternoon, and Sunday morning
MEALS: Saturday - all meals; Sunday - morning tea only. Supper is provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ALL DIETS are catered for.
Cost of registration, ACA Member: $190
Cost of registration, Non Member: $210
Under 16 Dancer: $100
Non Dancer: $100
Click the thumbnails below to download the required documentation...
Invitation and Information Brochure
Cuer/Instruction Nomination Form
Top Ten Things To Do In Adelaide
Monarto Open Plains Zoo Tour
There are PDF downloads on this page. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you can get it from Adobe using this link.