Collegiate Shag is a high-energy swing dance that started in the 1920s and became incredibly popularity in the late 1930s. It was common among a large spectrum of American youth, not just the college kids, as the name would suggest. Despite its popularity during the swing era, Collegiate Shag is still fairly obscure today… but we are trying to change that. My main focus is on instagram https://www.instagram.com/live.collegiate.shag/ but I’ll be posting slightly different content here.
If you’re here, you probably found my instagram… This passion turned into a project to promote Collegiate Shag on March,12th, 2017 and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Why do I do it? It is very rare that you find something that seems to be a part of you right away. I found it once with my husband and again with this dance. I started dancing Lindy Hop in 2005 but had no interest and no knowledge about Collegiate Shag. When I found Collegiate Shag I dove into the dance for as many hours as possible (It would be 24/7 but I have a day job).
Biggest problem? Not enough people to dance with (I’m lucky my husband decided to start dancing). People don’t really dance Collegiate Shag, at least not in America. It has grown a lot in the last year but it’s still about 1% as popular to Lindy Hop. Lets see if we can change that.