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Midsummer Night Swing 2013: Collegiate shag

Instructors: Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser; performers, choreographers and teachers (tonyandjaime.com) What it is: An early form of swing that...

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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Photogaph: Noffar Gat
Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Photogaph: Noffar Gat
Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing
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Photogaph: Noffar Gat
Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach collegiate shag on July 4 at Midsummer Night Swing

Instructors: Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser; performers, choreographers and teachers (tonyandjaime.com)

What it is: An early form of swing that pairs well with up-tempo jazz because of its high-energy stepping and bouncing.

What the name means: “We call it shag now, but back [in the late ’20s], shag was just a word that was dance-related. ‘We’re going to go out for a shag’ could be talking about doing a fox-trot or a waltz. It just depended on the music,” says Fraser.

When to do it: July 4, with Battle of the Big Bands: The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. George Gee represents New York against California’s Dean Mora in this friendly bicoastal bout. Get into the Independence Day spirit by entering the red, white and blue vintage-costume contest.

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Phillip James
Phillip James

Tonight we enjoyed The Battle Of The Big Bands! Both bands played excellent jazz and swing music! However the lindy hop action in Cat's Corner was extremely intense during Rounds 2 and 3 of the George Gee segments. IMHO the winner was The George Gee Swing Orchestra and all of the NYC swing dancers present tonight at Midsummer Night Swing!