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ELAINE McAFEE BENDER

7301 Arroyo Way, Crowley, TX 76036

Home: 817-297-1973 / Cell: 817-891-2734

Email: elaine@doublestep.net Website: www.doublestep.net

Certified Clogging Instructor.

Dance instructor/Performer with background in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Irish, and Percussive Dance.

Musical Theater Choreographer.

Dance Competition Judge.

 

Introduction

Elaine's enthusiasm for her dance specialty, clogging, has taken her on a journey far beyond the traditional dance world. She is dedicated to promoting clog dance as an important dance discipline, one which is steeped in tradition and fun for dancers of all ages. Her dance background and education is extensive.   She instructs recreational and competitive classes at the Bruce Lea Dance Factory in Fort Worth, guest teaches at a variety of dance venues, conducts seminars, judges dance competitions, and musical theater choreographer.  She is deeply committed to promoting clogging and quality dance education.   

Professional Activities

Elaine instructs and attends workshops at local, state, and national conventions across the country. Elaine's competition teams have won national titles in a variety of competitions in 2006 - 2010.  Her clogging styles include country, pop, jazz, and Irish, and her hat routines are especially popular with audiences everywhere. She has written articles and cue sheets which have been published in "The Double Toe Times," "Clog Today," "Texas Clogger," "Step in Time,"  and other dance publications in Canada and Australia.  Professional organizations include the Texas Clogging Council and the National Clogging Organization, and she holds Certificates of Compliance and licensure with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.

Background... where it all began!

Elaine grew up in the Fort Worth, Texas, area and has also studied tap, ballet, and jazz, and began dancing professionally at age 15, during the 1960's "go-go" era for a local radio station and entertainment enterprise. She danced with local bands in opening acts for the Beach Boys and the Lovin' Spoonful. In 1967, she was named Head Dancer (dance captain) for Fort Worth's Mardi Gras, a week-long music and arts festival, which included such acts as Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Box Tops, and the Doors. There she met Kim Dawson, who was just starting her modeling agency in Dallas, and Ms. Dawson asked her to model for fashion designers while dancing down runways. Her credits for dance and modeling include stage, TV, movie, commercial, photographic, and marketing.

In addition to a variety of local dance studios, Elaine has taken classes at TCU in Fort Worth, and in London, England, where she resided in the 1970's. Elaine was instrumental in getting a drill/dance team, the Showgirls, started for her daughter's high school, Southwest High School, in Fort Worth, in 1993.

Elaine joined the Texas Clogging Company in 1985, shortly after its inception, and performed in an exhibition the following year for several thousand clogging teachers and students at the 4th Annual National C.L.O.G. (National Clogging Leaders Org.) Convention held in Fort Worth. She quickly rose through the ranks, both as a teacher and a performer, with the Texas Clogging Company, whose performances include local and national television shows, commercial advertisements, Billy Bob's Texas featured dancers, and Texas Monthly Magazine's pick for Best Cloggers, opening a show for the Dixie Chicks, as well as a multitude of competition awards for both performance and choreography. Elaine resigned as Director of the Texas Clogging Company in December, 2004.

On a Personal Note

Elaine was born in San Diego, California, to a musical family.    Her father was a musician who played guitar and her uncles played banjo and guitar in a variety of bands.  Her grandmother taught her to play piano and sing at an early age, and she excelled at choir in school, making all city and all state choirs.   However, her passion was  for dance  and she began to tap out rhythms on her grandmother’s concrete front porch almost as soon as she could walk.  Elaine managed to attend dance classes, rehearsals, musical theater auditions and shows, work as a go-go dancer and model, all the while staying on the academic honor roll throughout her high school career.

She attended college at TCJC and TCU in Fort Worth, where she has studied dance education and English composition, and the Literary Institute in London, where she studied 19th literature and poetry.   Elaine currently resides in Crowley, a Fort Worth suburb, on 2 1/2 acres of land, with her family and a variety of pets.  She enjoys daily walks on the country trails, reading 19th century English novels and is absolutely passionate about music, especially The Beatles, Paul McCartney and all things '60s.

Professional Positions

  • Director of Clogging at the Bruce Lea Dance Factory in Fort Worth, Texas, 2005 - present.
  • Choreographer, The Robber Bridegroom, Dept of Fine Arts, UTA, Arlington, Texas, 2009.
  • Staff Instructor, The Sizzlin' Stomp, Knoxville, Tennessee., 2009.
  • Staff Instructor,  Hickory Hoedown Clogging & Fiddlers Convention, Hickory, N Carolina, 2009 and 2010.
  • Featured Instructor: Mississippi State Clogging Convention, Jackson, Mississippi., 2008
  • Competition Judge, Mississippi, State Clogging Convention, Jackson, Mississippi, 2008.
  • Instructor, Double Toe Jam, Waco, Texas, 1995- present.
  • Introductory Instructor, National Clogging Convention, San Diego, California, 2008.
  • Instructor, Texas Rally (Texas Clogging Council), Waco, Texas, 1995-present.
  • Educational Evaluator, Certified Clogging Instructor program, Nashville, Tennessee, 2008.
  • Featured National Instructor, Gopher State Annual Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2007.
  • Staff Instructor, EPIC (Simone Pace’s Equipping People in Clogging), Pigeon Forge, Tennessee., 2008
  • Staff Instructor and Dance Judge, EPIC, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 2011.
  • Nortex, Staff Instructor, Grapevine, Texas, 2005-present.
  • Guest Instructor, Nimitz High School Dance Team, Irving, Texas,  2007.
  • Director, Frances Lea Dance Center, Fort Worth, 2004.
  • Director, Texas Clogging Company, Fort Worth, 2002-2004.

Recent Competition Awards

  • Stage One Regional and National Dance Championships, Precision and Overall awards, 2010.
  • Prime Time Dance Competition, 1st place plus 4 overall awards, 2010.
  • 1st Place, Jr Clog Group, Platinum Score, Power Pack-scholarships, Star Power Elite Dancers Tour, 2009.
  • Entertainment Award, Platinum Score, Teen Line, Star Power Dance Regional Competition, 2009.
  • Sweet Feet Percussion Award,  1st Place, Senior Clogging Solo, Star Power Competition, 2009.
  • 1st Place, Clogging Trio, Overall Finalist, Stage One Productions Regional Competition, 2009.
  • Grand Champions, 1st Place Overall, Stage One Productions, BLDF Junior Clogging Team, 2008.
  • 1st Place Overall, Stage One Productions, BLDF Senior Clogging Team, 2008.
  • Top Ten Overall Awards, Stage One Productions: Solo, Duo, and Trio Clogging, 2008
  • 2nd Place Overall, Double Platinum Score, Junior Division, Showstoppers, 2008.
  • 1st Place Clogging, Platinum Score, Teen Team, Showstopper American Dance Championship, 2008. 1st Place, Clogging, Gold Award, Senior Team, Showstopper American Dance Championship, 2008. National Champion and Top Junior Clogging Group, Showstoppers, 2007.
  • National Champion and Top Senior Clogging Group, Showstoppers, 2007.
  • National Video Finalist, Senior Clogging Team, Showstoppers, San Antonio, 2006.

Recent Performances

  • Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth, 2010
  • Orchestra Hall, Fort Worth, 2009
  • Mayfest, Fort Worth, 2010
  • Annual BLFD Recitals, Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, 2006 – 2010
  • Tarrant County Talent Show, 2008
  • Lipstick – Weatherford High School, Belles Drill/Dance Team, 2008

Workshop, guest teaching, etc (other than listed above)

  • Camp Esperanza Benefit, Dallas Texas
  • Nortex/Monarch Melodies, Grapevine, Texas
  • International ClogFest, Reno, Nevada
  • Missy Shinowski's cloggers, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nimitz High School, Vikas Drill and Dance Teams, Irving, Texas
  • Armadillo Stampede, Irving, Texas
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