Collegiate Shag (or just “Shag”) is a partnered uptempo Swing dance originating from the beginning of the swing era in the 1920s. It is usually danced to faster (180-220 bpm) swing, pre-swing and jazz music. Collegiate Shag had a worldwide revival in the last few years, from only a few enthusiasts dancing Shag to a wide phenomenon within British and many European swing dance scenes. Sometimes fast, sometimes silly, and always a funny dance, Collegiate Shag is sometimes referred to as the “Happy Dance”.
Malte and Georgie started weekly Collegiate Shag classes in Manchester
in January under the name Manshagster.
Malte started partnered dancing in 2009 and went through various styles
and different music, before he fell in love with Swing dances a few
years ago because he liked the openness of the people and the amount of
expression that jazz music makes possible. Among the swing dances,
Collegiate Shag is his favourite for the amount of energy, foolishness,
and musicality it allows.
Georgie fell in love with Shag on the first night. Having explored a
few swing dances, Collegiate Shag is her absolute favourite, and she
can equally be found on dance floors across the country, always smiling,
with her camera, and up for a Shag-related joke.
PS: Georgie can’t come, so Malte will teach with Grace
The first link is a video of the “original” Collegiate Shag, the second link is a dance performance: