Collegiate Shag Starter Pack

Savoy Swing Club is excited to present Seattle's very first Collegiate Shag workshop weekend!


Instructors: Annabelle Hale & Nial Bruce 
When: September 9 & 10, 2017, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Where: Century Ballroom West Hall



Collegiate Shag is an energetic, elegant, attention-grabbing swing dance from the 1920s and 1930s. It was originally (and still is) danced to  traditional and early swing jazz, but can also be danced to a variety of music with a good rhythm. Shag is currently undergoing a revival worldwide, with shag events and social scenes popping up all over Europe and North America, and as far away as Seoul and South Africa. 

Check out some videos of Collegiate Shag:



Annabelle Hale & Nial Bruce (AUS)


Annabelle and Nial fell in love with collegiate shag after they took their first lessons years ago, and have been working hard to build the shag scene in Australia ever since. This dynamic duo teach regular weekly classes and workshops in Melbourne and regularly travel overseas to teach and compete. Together and individually, they have won over 15 competitions and have taught at shag events like Hot Rhythm Holiday and All The Cats Join In. At the end of the day, Annabelle and Nial believe the best part of shag is the social dancing and all they really want is to share the dance they love with as many people as possible. 

Check out a video of Annabelle and Nial dancing shag!




10:30-11:30 Shag fundamentals & ease of movement
11:30-12:30 Basic positions + transitions between them

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Options in side-by-side position
2:30-3:30 Hanging out in open position


10:30-11:30 Shag musicality
11:30-12:30 Fun and classic collegiate shag moves

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Footwork and styling
2:30-3:30 Handing different tempos

We highly recommend that students take the whole weekend as the entire workshop is designed as a progressive course. Individual day passes for Saturday and Sunday are available, but we recommend that students choose Saturday if they can only attend one day.