Dances we teach at Glasgow Jitterbugs

Lindy Hop

A super fun dance that was invented in the dance halls of Harlem in New York during the 1920s and 30s. Happily it's still around and still evolving. One of the best things about lindy hop is that pretty much every reasonable sized city has a lindy hop group so it's a great skill you can take anywhere and make instant friends. Also this is an activity you can do all your life which makes it so worthwhile to learn. There are many different ways to do this dance and it is suitable for almost all body types, ages and levels of fitness.

Collegiate Shag

The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is a partnered dance primarily to swing and pre-swing jazz music. It belongs to the swing family of American dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated within the African American community of the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s. The shag is still danced today by swing dance enthusiasts worldwide and here in Glasgow.

St Louis Shag

St Louis Shag blurb for the Dance Styles page: St Louis Shag is part of the three most prominent Shag dances, along with Collegiate and Carolina Shag. It's a territory dance that originated in St Louis, Missouri in the 1930s and is usually danced to up-tempo swing music, rock & roll or jump blues. There are elements that may feel familiar, eg we like to describe it as a cross between Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop & Lindy Charleston. It's super fun, and like the other traditional swing dances, can be easily mixed with swing styles you already know.