Shane Gruber, National Clogging Instructor, started his clogging career
in November, 1989, with Mo's Clogging Fever.
In 1991, Shane joined the Michigan Clogging Instructor’s Council (MCIC)
as an apprentice. His first workshop
teach was in 1992 at the first MCIC workshop in Kalamazoo, MI. Shane soon began teaching at other workshops
around the state.
attending Central Michigan University, Shane joined the Orchesis Dance
Theater. He stayed five years with the
Company and choreographed
13 pieces. One piece, which he
co-choreographed, went to 4th place at the American College Dance
Festival in 1994. Also at Central, Shane developed and taught
a clogging course where students received 1 college credit for 8 weeks of class.
In the fall of 1996, Shane started a side
dance group called the Outsiders, which performed a clogging
piece for the Orchesis show twice a year. By
1998 the group had grown to 50 cloggers of all ages.
Outside of college,
Shane was teaching dance to 5th & 6th graders 4
times a week at the Renaissance Public School Academy.
entered the Certified Clogging Instructor’s (CCI) program in 1995 and earned
his CCI in November of 1996. Soon afterward, he
became a member of the CCI teaching staff.
In April of 1999, Shane participated in Rhythm Dance, a show
performing in Branson, Missouri. In those six weeks, Shane learned
invaluable lessons that he brought back to his clogging classes and
Shane took over
as Instructor for the Country Club Cloggers in October of 1998. It
was then that the club renamed itself The Shane Gang Cloggers. In
the Fall of 1999, Shane was also teaching clogging to kids at the Bravo Dance Studio.
Today, Shane still keeps busy with his Shane Gang
classes and performances, and teaching workshops throughout the U.S., Canada,
and Germany. In addition, every year Shane is one of the honored guest
instructors at the National Clogging Convention. Shane just received his
10 year jacket for teaching at the Nationals.