was danced in variations of the Single, Double, and Triple-time
The most common form recognized as Collegiate Shag is a double
time Shag rhythm.
The name "Collegiate"
Shag was most likely a marketing ploy as many "Collegiate"
dances were being created at the time and marketed towards the
young "College age" dancers. These dances were often
leaping/hopping versions of their early ballroom counterparts.
The culture of
Shag dance then and now, was for exaggerated steps and tricks,
often designed to look more comedic than choreographed, delivered
with an underlying tone of fun and 'devil may care'. The dress
code of the Shag dancer often followed suit, with popular fashions
of the day being saddle shoes for boy and girl, striped socks
and shortened trousers for him, and both parties often wearing
College blazers or College 'Letterman' sweaters.
The dance is still performed today (primarily "Double"
Shag) by swing-dance enthusiasts, socially and in competition
SHAG LEVEL 1. COURSE CONTENT
The Shag 1. workshop is designed
for those keen to learn or refresh the fundamentals of
Collegiate Shag. The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners
or those who have only a little experience of the dance and are
keen to consolidate their knowledge.
The itinerary concentrates on
the fundamentals of the basic step, shag rhythms & footwork
before progressing onto patterns.
The day will be divided into sections with short breaks for
refreshment and a lunch period. Start and End times are advertised
on the Workshop Page.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Loose comfortable clothing.
A change of top, a towel and some deodorant.
Suitable footwear for dancing (leather soles preferable- your foot
must be able top turn or slide on a wooden floor - dance "trainers",
high heels, boots, fashion shoes or sports shoes are not suitable
for this course).
Pack lunch (We provide tea, coffee, water and squashes).
This course is aimed at 'dancing couples'. Please book your workshop
places, or small groups with us as couples (1 male lead, 1 female
Couple Price - £45
We regret we cannot accept bookings for more than 12 couples. We
aim to provide quality instruction and by keeping class sizes down
we can concentrate on delivering the best information to you, in
an environment that is appropriate and possible to do so.
Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.
The course is aimed specifically at swing-dance students. For Teachers
and those interested in promoting Collegiate Shag for commercial
purposes please contact us to arrange private sessions.
AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT - BOOK EARLY - CALL US NOW FOR A BOOKING
On: 07766 754092 or e-mail us via our contact pages: CONTACT
or simply right click on the link here and download your form: download
(MS Word document)
Advance payment for courses is appreciated. We are equally happy
to accept a minimum deposit of £10 per couple, that is to
reach us at least 2 weeks (or on the published booking cut-off date)
prior to the event. The balance can be paid on the day of the workshop.
We regret we cannot offer refunds of deposits for cancellations
within 14 days (or the advertised booking cut-off date) of the event
or for "no-shows" on the day of the workshop. Early cancellations
or cancellation by Cal'donias owing to unforeseen circumstances,
or target numbers not being achieved will receive a refund in full.
Payment by cheque, or cash.
Please make your cheque payments payable to:
Cal'donias Swing Dance Society
1, Coddenham Road
Suffolk IP6 8AU
ON THE DAY
The venue will be open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.
Please aim to be in the venue at least 15 minutes before the advertised
start so that you can complete any
administration with us, and prepare yourself for the session.