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

Bars, Gastropubs

Craft Culture

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Suds lovers looking to discover new small-batch saisons or hard-to-find session IPAs should hightail it to Craft Culture, a beer bar in Ridgewood. The beers available on draft and in bottles change regularly—often daily—so be sure to check Craft Culture’s website if you’re looking for something specific. You might find breweries like Transmitter Brewing, Central Waters Brewing Company and Kings County Brewers Collective on the menu on any given day. Craft Culture’s not all about booze, though: The bar also offers a food menu annotated with recommended beer pairings. Snack on fries tossed in truffle butter, truffle cheese and truffle oil ($7), three french onion sliders ($14) or a BLT with maple bacon, fresh mozzarella, local greens, chipotle aioli and pesto on ciabatta ($14).

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