My partner Nigel and I teach jive which is s blend of 1940’s Swing Jive and 1950’s Rock n Roll to absolute Beginners and to the more advanced Jiver’s.
At the Hebden Bridge festival we will be doing demonstrations and teaching people new to Jive, showing them the basic footwork, a few easy moves and a couple of strolls which, unlike jive for which you will need a partner, are individual dances, similar to line dances but done to jive music.
If you are bitten by the bug, you can come along to our Jive Class in Halifax the following week.
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
Experienced Teacher, Dickson Shumba, learnt the Argentine tango from a variety of teachers, prominent Argentineans and others. Dickson runs Argentine Tango Lessons, Milongas and Practicas in Yorkshire and surrounding areas.Dickson’s classes are friendly and welcoming.Dickson has a big collection of music and plays mostly Traditional Argentine Tango Music in Tandas of Three or Four. Tanda format TTVTTM punctuated with occasional tanda of what the dancers request.