Collegiate Shag on Thursdays!

Hello and welcome to Kingston Swing's Thursday night group. In addition to our regular Monday night classes we are helping spread knowledge of one of the fastest growing swing dances in the UK, Collegiate Shag! We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue in Hull HU5 2NB..

Shag, Balboa on Venice Beach
source: swungover.wordpress.com (2011)

There will be an hours class starting with the footwork and building moves through the lesson. The lessons will cost 4 Lessons are aimed at absolute beginners and will be designed so that anyone can join in any week. No partners are required and comfy flat shoes/trainers are advised. These dances are extremely fun and an enjoyable way of keeping fit.

Tell me more about Collegiate Shag

The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is primarily a 6 count partner dance performed to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music around 185+ beats per minute.


source: taintwhatyoudo.com (2011)
It belongs to the swing family of American vernacular dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated in the Carolinas in the late 1920s.
Collegiate Shag has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances, such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa. The dance is known for its hopping basic step and high energy footwork (collegiateshag.com, 2015). A particular version of the shag was eventually adopted by the Arthur Murray studios where it was standardised in the late 1930s (wikipedia, 2015)

Kingston Swing are a 'not for profit' organisation and we teach on a voluntary basis. This means all proceeds from the lessons can be reinvested into the group for the benefit of its members.

Join our facebook group here : Kingston Swing Shag Thursday for up to date info.