by Matt Ellinger
Matt Ellinger grew up in Austin, Texas and moved to San Francisco in
He took a lot of dance as a child, but settled
on tap dancing until he finally found clogging in his mid-twenties.
It was like tap, but with fewer rules!
He is also a percussionist, and he the finds rhythms
of clogging to be great fit and a great joy to him as a dancer. He
began performing with Barbary Coast Cloggers in 1991. Slowly, he became
more accomplished at clogging and now teaches the dance form throughout
California. He has served as the Artistic
Director of the Barbary Coast Cloggers since 1999.
Matt loves BCC and everything it represents - everyday
men from all walks of life coming together to dance. He enjoys the
group's historic connection with San Francisco, and he is most grateful
that the group has earned the respect of presenters, festivals, and
a diverse audience due to their high-energy spin on the Appalachian
tradition and their exuberant
yet highly polished
presence on stage.
Matt is the youngest of nine children. He used to
be a naturalist for the California State Parks, and an elementary school
he works as a teacher educator and researcher with the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford University.