Welcome to Shaggin’ Montreal!
This is the homepage for our classes in Collegiate Shag – a dance from the swing era which was popular across the United States. “Collegiate” shag is so named because it was popular with college kids at the time, and “shag” was a term for a dance your parents would disapprove of. These days we teach to all ages, with or without any prior dance
Thursday Social Dances! Every Thursday we’ll be holding our “Shag à Sept” social dance from 7 to 9 PM. It’s not a formal class, but if you’re new we’ll coach you up – shaggers love to share! Owen will be on hand to answer any questions or provide more detailed feedback on your dancing should you need it. Cost of entry is $10. Bring a change of shoes and water bottle.
Where and When: 4995 Rue Paré, in the same building as Garderie Nid de Namur. Easiest public transit access is from Namur metro: walk north on Decarie to Paré and turn right, building will be on your left.
This site also has information on the annual event, Shaggin’ Montreal, which has spotlighted Collegiate Shag since 2013. This year’s event is a country retreat to work intensively on our dancing, please contact us directly for details at ShagginMontreal@gmail.com.
Want to see us in action? Check out the latest performance by our troupe, les Shagnifiques!
Finally, I keep a blog here with reflections and advice for beginning dancers, as well as thoughts on my own dance journey.
Questions and feedback are welcome, whether it’s about the classes, the event, or the website. Email us at ShagginMontreal@gmail.com.