Author Archives: Dai

About Dai

http://www.collegiateclass.co.uk/about/

It’s My Way Or Any Other Way That Suits Really

Although this is primarily a blog about about Shag, I guess this post could relate to any dance style. The last couple of years has seen a slow but steady stream of US Shag teachers arrive in the UK to … Continue reading

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With Me Or Against Me

It’s been quite a while since I last posted, but a conversation I had recently with a fellow Shag dancer from Denmark inspired me to delve deeper into a phrase I had been given in a conversation a few years … Continue reading

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A Shag Utopia

I sometimes wonder if I’m doing more to hinder social shag rather than promote it. I mean, yes I dance Shag with Sharon at every opportunity;  I also dance Shag with people from other dance communities as much as I … Continue reading

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The Shag Evangelist

So at the end of the first quarter of this self-declared year of Social Shag I’ve had the pleasure of dancing with members of up to 6 different dance communities, London, East and West Midlands, Bristol, Gloucestershire, and my own. … Continue reading

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2013: The Year of Social Shag

“You’re out, you’re out”. Anyone who has danced Collegiate Shag has surely heard this; and whilst more experienced dancers can learn techniques to hide, and quickly recover from the cheese grater or “Urout” moments; it can all to soon disincentivise … Continue reading

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Say It Loud

Whether you consider yourself to be a complete beginner, or an advanced Collegiate Shag Master , there is one piece of styling that can cripple anyone’s confidence on the dance floor. It can reduce the most experienced dancer to embarrassed … Continue reading

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Say Cheese

When  you’re next at a dance, take a look around the dance floor and check out the people who are smiling as they dance.  To me it’s obvious why they are smiling. They’re sharing a moment with their dance partner, … Continue reading

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What a Year!

Nearly half way through December already! As the end of 2011 is rapidly approaching I took some time out to reflect on what we’ve done over the last 12 months. It’s been an amazing year. We started 2011 still getting … Continue reading

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North vs South

In April this year I created the Facebook Group “Collegiate Shag UK”. My thinking was to bring together everyone who had an interest in Shag and to build a little momentum behind promoting our favourite dance and giving a forum … Continue reading

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Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible

Despite a small technical hitch with Sharon having fractured her foot, we are still going to run our lessons as planned with a few adjustments. The format will be slightly different from usual, with Dai working directly with class members … Continue reading

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