Learn to Dance Collegiate Shag!

Swing Out Central and Gin Mill Swing present two workshops and a social to really get you up and Collegiate Shaggin'! 

We're super lucky to have James Talbot back on our shores to teach for us! While he has been away, he has been teaching for Shag Pile in London, and he will be bringing some expertise back for you all! He will be teaching with Nat, one of our teachers who has attended collegiate shag workshops and exchanges overseas and is excited to be teaching with James again! 

The day will consist of not one, but TWO 1.5 hr workshops, to take you from absolute beginner to keen improver! And to top it all off, we'll have time for a session of social dancing to get those feet flying!

The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is a partner dance done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music (185-250+ beats per minute). It is believed that the dance originated within the African American community of the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, the Shag can also be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). 

Collegiate Shag Full Pass with Nat and James

1:00pm - 6:00pm - Do it All!

1:00pm - 3:00pm - Beginners
3:15pm - 4:45pm - Improvers
4:45pm - 6:00pm - Hot Steppers Social! 

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Collegiate Shag for Beginners with Nat and James

1:00pm - 3:00pm

If you've never done collegiate shag before, or could do with a good refresher on the basics, then will be a good start! 

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Collegiate Shag for Improvers with Nat and James

3:15pm - 4:45pm

If you're ready to keep learning, and get into some fun moves to take away onto the social floor then stick around for this! 

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Location: Viva Dance Studio -10 Newton Rd, Grey Lynn

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If you don't have a credit card, you can transfer your fee to 12-3435-0045017-00, but make sure to include your name and "Shag" in the reference!