Kim Brownlee inspired many cloggers with his energetic dancing and fun-loving personality. Kim was a talented dancer with the Barbary Coast Cloggers, which lead him to teaching the Sutter’s Stompers Cloggers in Sacramento. The Sutter’s Stompers exhibition team was great in number and mighty in energy because of Kim’s infectious energy and natural leadership.
Kim choreographed many of the Sutter’s Stompers performance dances, which reflected his great style and grace while being intricate and interesting to watch. Kim often choreographed to music that was not commonly used for clogging, raising an eyebrow or two in the 1980s. His exhibition team proudly performed these dances, trusting in Kim’s creativity and wanting to please him.
"I feel that clogging is first and foremost about rhythm and fun. As a very informal dance form, I like to use music that is playful and is engaging to the widest range of people possible. Music with a strong backbeat and with clear phrasing seems to support beginning dancers in developing a strong sense of rhythm. In my choreography for performance groups, I work to have pieces build in momentum and complexity. I also work to choose movements and steps seem like they are natural outgrowths of the music, in sense making our shoes an instrument in the band. Also with performance groups, the staging should still appear informal on the surface, but a very well-rehearsed level of precision is necessary for the audience get the true thrill of the this dynamic dance form."
"My philosphy in choosing music, more than anything else, is music I like. I try to find music that is fun and sometimes different. I say different, as I don't always like to pick the most popular music that many other people may already be choreographing to. Like music, the steps I choose are one's that I enjoy. I also try to choreograph steps that flow with the music. The only principles that guide me would be the level that I have been requested to choreograph, type of routine I'm writing, such as a workshop/convention dance or a group/performance routine, or if the event has a theme, I may try to find music and possibly steps that fit."
"As much as I enjoy country music, I am not drawn to it when it comes to choreography. I mostly enjoy hip hop and prefer having a reggae or other international feel to it. To me, the spirit of clogging is in its ability to integrate some movement vocabulary from other cultures. This is how clogging was formed and continues to grow. By finding music that is culturally different, I have the opportunity to study new types of movement and integrate it into the clogging vocabulary. My hope is that some of these steps gain popularity in the community and find their way into the works of other choreographers."