Born out of London's premier fast-dance night, Salty Mondays, and now in its 2nd edition, the gang wants to invite you to: 'Mind the Shag 2018'. This Shag weekend will bring top international teachers to London to give a shot of energy to your Shag dancing. Pol & Sara will be back after their first stint in London earlier this year, Patrick and Fancy will return to get you bopping like there was no yesterday, local heroes Peter & Aila will be in full force to get you shagging like in the golden age, and hailing from St. Louis we are proud to have Christian & Jenny in London to get everybody to the next level of St. Louis Shag.
We have decided to change the format of this festival somewhat from the usual. Teachers have provided blocks of 2h classes, rather than level tracks. More down below.
And of course we will have parties. A truly exciting line up of UK bands and DJs awaits you in some fantastic venues.
Like in our first edition, Mind the Shag is all about improving in workshops and having a good time in a relaxed and cosy environment.
Tickets will sell out again, so book early not to miss out.
Peter and Aila are known for their smooth, elegant dancing style, and love exploring the wide range of tones, speeds and moves that Shag enables. Their passion for the dance has taken them teaching, performing, and DJing for shagsters all over the UK and Europe. They have been dancing Shag and other swing dances together for over 10 years. Peter set up London's ‘Shag Pile’, a group which exists to grow the local scene through high quality weekly classes, workshops and events, with a teaching team of London’s finest dancers augmented by the best international guests. Peter particularly likes the broad sweep of music that suits Shag, from the 1920s to today. Aila’s professional dance experience and training bring a solid and technical knowledge to her teaching. She is artistic director and choreographer of the internationally renowned flapper troupe 'The Bee’s Knees' and leads Shag Pile's performance troupe The Shag Pilots.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy is of National Jitterbug Championships fame with her unique and elegant style. Patrick has been at the forefront of Europe’s Shag scene, teaching and promoting the dance in the UK and around Europe. Fancy and Patrick had teamed up the first time for Mind The Shag '17 and thought together since, sharing their vast knowledge and style to get you hooked on their passion for dancing.
Jenny and Christian started dancing together when they learned in 2008,and for nearly a decade they have worked together to create a vibrant, unique style that stands out on dance floors around the world! Ever-proud of their hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Christian and Jenny have spent years getting to know dancers of previous generations and learning the original jitterbug styles of their hometown, including the St. Louis Shag. With this first-hand knowledge as well as their commitment to continued innovation and originality, they are top experts in St. Louis Shag and St. Louis-style jitterbug. Their approach to teaching is people-first, and they prioritize audacity and individual expression over technical perfection on the dance floor.
Pol Prats is the founding director of Spank the Baby School in Barcelona. He has taught in several festivals in the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Finland including Stir it, Gnsh and London Swing Festival. He is a member of the Barcelona Jazz Cats performance troupe. Sara Planas has been an innate ballet and hip hop dancer since the early age of four years. She discovered lindy hop in 2009 and since then has been a passionate dancer and teacher. She has been spreading lindy hop and shag and acrobatics in all Europe in the last four years. Together they have been the first promoters of Collegiate Shag in Spain and co-founders of BCN SHAG FESTIVAL, one of the biggest festivals of Collegiate Shag in Europe.
If you're a Swing dancer but don't know Shag, or if you know Shag but you would like to review your basics, we have 3 perfect stations for you. In addition we have 1 station that will give you a pure Jitterbug style, that can be easily mixed with your Lindy hop!
These 8 stations require a certain level of Shag dancing. You should be taking Shag classes regularly, have the rhythm in your muscle memory, know the standard moves and be able to dance confidently socially. We want to avoid using labels like ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ as such terms are very subjective, instead we will mark with S(super) the 4 stations that require more experience.
These 2 stations will give you the essence and the moves that will help you to become a rising star in St. Louis Shag.
Factory Fitness & Dance Studio
407 Hornsey Rd, N19 4DX
Nearest Train Stations:
Archway, Finsbury Park, Crouch Hill & Upper Holloway
Also buses from Kings Cross
New Orleans Jazz with Jimbino Vegan &
Dj Tequila Mockingbird & Dr. Rhythm
Limehouse Town Hall
646 Commercial Rd, Poplar, E14 7HA
Nearest tube: Limehouse
Michael Mcquad's Swing Stars &
Shirt Tail Stompers
Dj Tequila Mockingbird
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper St, London, N1 2UD
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
2 live sets with
Dj Lady kamikaze
15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street
This will be a social dance competition open to everyone. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals. Depending on signups we either judge it while everybody is dancing or have a all-skate + spotlights.
This competition is in a strictly format, you must have a partner ahead of time to enter the competition. The competition starts with a short warm up song (tempo around 200 bpm), then 2 couples go out at a time for 16x8 counts (tempo 220bpm), but only one couple will walk out. The 2nd round with the remaining couples will be at a faster tempo (~240bpm) and will reveal the ultimate final (250bpm) This competition will get the crowd involved and has the audience vote via our proprietary voting system.
Salty Jitterbugs (Krystal & Alex) Krystal (with Mexican rhythm in her veins) and Alex (with the fast tempo of his Russian heart) teamed up in London in 2016 as a formal dancing couple. Since then they have been taking every opportunity to spread their love for Collegiate Shag, like the premier fast tempo night Salty Mondays.
Simona De Leo probably started to draw before she could say her first words. In London she fell in love with dancing and jazz music and started to sketch musicians during live jazz gigs. Jazz and swing dancing strongly influenced all her art and style. She is the creative soul of Mind the Shag!
Coming all the way from Austria, this yodeling wonder replaced the Lederhosn and folk music with vintage clothes and Swing. Patrick has been at the forefront of Europe’s Shag scene, teaching and promoting the dance in the UK and around Europe. Patrick will be teaching with Fancy and is the "specialist advisor" for Mind the Shag.