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swing dance specialists

Offering partner dance instruction since 2002 and NZ's first (and currently only) professionally qualified Swing and R'n'R dance teachers


Accredited members of the New Zealand Association Of Dance Teachers (NZADT)

New Zealand Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD) - Licentiate & Associate levels Rock’n’Roll branch

Australian Rock’n’Roll Dancesport Council Inc (ARRDC Inc) - Licentiate & Affiliate levels in Jitterbug/Lindy Hop

Collegiate Shag

Collegiate Shag is a partner dance that originated in the 1930’s and has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances, such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa.  The dance is known for its hopping basic step and high energy footwork that separates it from other forms of swing and other dances that use the “shag” name, such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag.  Collegiate and Murray Shag can be mixed with Swing and Jig Trot steps.  

Arthur Murray teaching Collegiate Shag style of Swing Dance in the movie "How To Dance The Shag". This 1937 movie has Arthur Murray and his students giving a demonstration of the swing dance and doing a performance. (1937).

Numerous dance competitions between New York high schools during 1920's and 1930's included Shag.  Another Shag Mecca at the time was Virginia Beach as well as other East American cities.  Collegiate Shag these days is mostly popular among Swing Dancers, Lindy Hop dancers in particular.  

Level 2, 39 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington