Like most new generation swing dancers, I was drawn to learning about historical swing dances when neo-swing music briefly became popular in the late 1990s. Of course, initially I was unaware that there were many different and unique kinds of swing dances, but after moving to Southern California I soon learned about the Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. When I came into this scene, Shag was on the way out (in terms of popularity), as more and more people were developing a passion for Balboa. However, I�ve always held a special place in my heart for Shag, because it was so unique and seemed to epitomize the jitterbug spirit.
Over the years, I�ve continued to learn more and more about the history of various dancers, but I was disappointed with the lack of any formal resources about Collegiate Shag. So in this vein I decided to create this website so that a new generation can rediscover the history of this dance, to maintain a record of various historical media, connect other dancers curious about Shag, and to encourage and promote events that strive to push and expand the dance in the way that Lindy Hop and Balboa have been expanded on.
In an effort to keep this website evolving and accumulating knowledge, I hope that other passionate Shaggers will share any resources they have about Collegiate Shag and its history.
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