Collegiate Shag Roots

The Collegiate Shag Roots

This is just a short quote from a Bobby White’s article about The 1937 Harvest Moon Ball which includes some thorough insights on Collegiate Shag roots and history. See the original version on his blog SWUNGOVER. We are sharing it here with Bobby’s personal permission so it would be more accessible to wider audience.
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Most of this article will focus on the Lindy Hop of the 1937 Harvest Moon Ball. However, we want to first discuss something important that happened in this year’s ball. In that announcement mentioned above, a new dance appeared in the listing of the divisions: “Collegiate Shag.”

The Collegiate Shag History

The Collegiate Shag History

This article about Collegiate Shag History was written around 2009 by dancer historian Peter Loggins. See the original version on his blog the Jassdancer. We are sharing it here with Peter’s personal permission so it would be more accessible to wider audience.
For more insights and American dance history research, check his Twobarbreak page and Twobarbreak’s Dance History Group on Facebook.

What is this dance all the kids are doing today called Collegiate Shag? Where did it come from and what is it’s history? The truth is the history is very spotty, very little documentation and to make things worse the term “Shag” has come to mean many unrelated dances just like the term Jitterbug.

Inspiring Vintage Shag Clips

Vintage Shag Clips

Our favorite vintage Shag clips. Dance scenes from old movies and contests. Mostly Collegiate Shag, a bit of Big Apple, Balboa, Tap and other Swing.

Also, see an overview by Ryan Martin & Patrick Kierkegaard of vintage clips that contain Collegiate Shag dancing.
And if you missed it, here’s everything you need to get on with the Shag.
(see links in the post)

On With The Shag: Essential Resources About The Shag Dance

On with the Shag

Essential and inspiring articles, documentaries, dance videos, playlists and social media about the history and culture of Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag and Swing dancing in general. On with the Shag!

The History of Collegiate Shag by Peter Loggins (2009)
The Rebirth of Shag by Ryan Martin (2014)
Home of the forgotten jitterbug dance by Morgan Day
List of Vintage Collegiate Shag Film Clips by Ryan Martin & Patrick Kierkegaard
The 1937 Harvest Moon Ball and the Shag Roots by Bobby White
The 1938 Harvest Moon Ball and The Collegiate Split by Bobby White
Before Shag They Danced Finale Hop, Flea Hop, and the St. Louis Hop Toddle by Christian Frommelt