We at Glasgow Lindy Hoppers love Collegiate Shag and in 2016 hosted our first Collegiate Shag specific festival. The festival brought together dancers from across the globe, who all traveled to our beautiful city for a jam packed weekend of workshops, socials, live bands, performances and competitions. With the festival being such a success we are all set to host Glasgow Shag Festival 2017
Collegiate Shag is often called ‘the cartoon dance’, due to the energetic legs and still upper body, and is a swing style danced to up-tempo swing and jazz music. The word ‘shag’ itself is a broad term used to describe a number of different American social dances that originated in the first half of the 20th century. The word ‘collegiate’ relates to this styles popularity amongst college students in the 1930’s and 1940’s.