Levels

  1. Assess yourself based on your level NOW, not on the level you think you might be during the festival. If you genuinely feel your level has changed from what you signed up for to what you are when the festival arrives, please contact us to discuss options.
  2. Being advanced in Lindy Hop (or other style than Collegiate Shag) does not necessarily mean you are advanced in Collegiate Shag. Please assess yourself based specifically on your Collegiate Shag experience.
  3.  If you are still unsure about your level after reading the level descriptions below, please take this additional Level Self-Assessment Form.

Ladybird

You are either completely new to Collegiate Shag or you have

had a Shag taster class or two. You are interested in progressing through a

beginner level over the course of the weekend by undertaking a 5-hour intensive

Shag training.

 

There will be a beginner Shag taster class at the start of the

Friday night party, which is optional. There will then be 4 more hours of core

Shag classes over the course of the weekend but the 4 hour course will be

reasonably pacey – therefore, if you pick things up quickly then you are

probably ok to miss the Friday night class, but if you feel you would benefit

from more time spent on the basics, you may want to attend the Friday night

class as well.

 

Your core class teachers for the weekend will be Chott and

Niomi. You will be able to experience the other teachers through the taster and

themed classes we will have on offer.



Grasshopper

You are comfortable with the basic 6-count double time Shag footwork, you can execute basic moves like underarm turns, pass-bys and other fundamental Shag movements reasonably well. You can dance Shag in closed, open & side by side position. You now feel ready to delve deeper into technique and expand your repertoire of moves.

 

Before registering for this level, please take this mandatory self-test: dance Collegiate Shag with a partner who is at your level or higher, to the following tune using all 3 positions mentioned above. Be sure to dance to the whole song. If you lost your footwork more than once, was not able to keep your footwork in time with the tempo or struggled to execute more than one of the moves or transitions, please book for Ladybird.



Bunny

Not only are you able to do the 6-count double time Shag footwork in your sleep,

but you are also able to execute rhythm changes like repeating quicks,

repeating slows or camel hops, and you are also adding some musicality to your

dancing like hitting breaks or flourishes in the music. Your repertoire of Shag

moves is fairly substantial, and your understanding of and ability with Shag

frame & connections is not too shabby either.

 

You do, however, recognise that there is room for growth, and you are ready to hone and refine your current skills while building more multi-layered and rhythmic movements on to your skill set.

 

Before registering for this level, please take this mandatory self-test: dance Collegiate Shag with a partner who is at your level or higher, to the following tune using closed, open and side by side positions. Be sure to dance to the whole song. If you lost your footwork more than once, was not able to keep your footwork in time with the tempo or struggled to execute more thanone of the moves or transitions, you aren’t quite ready for this level and

should therefore take the self-test for Grasshopper.



Kangaroo

Collegiate Shag is your dance! Not only are you dancing it regularly in your own scene,

but you often travel to Shag events for classes and socials. You are most likely performing and/or competing in Shag at an advanced level. Your technique is pretty solid and your repertoire is vast, but you are ready for a serious challenge and to be pushed.

 

Before registering for this level, please take this mandatory self-test: dance Collegiate Shag with a partner who is at your level or higher, to the following tune using closed, open, side by side and tandem positions (yes, you should know tandem Shag & how to get in and out of it to register for this level).

 

Be sure to dance to the whole song. If you lost your footwork more than once, was not able to keep your footwork in time with the tempo or struggled to execute more than one of the moves or transitions, you aren’t quite ready for this level and should take the self-test for Bunny.



Gazelle (Invitational Level)

Welcome to our new invitational level!

This level will be reserved for a small selection of top Shag dancers. You are either teaching Collegiate Shag and/or you have travelled to many Collegiate Shag events where you have competed and placed/won in advanced Collegiate Shag competitions. 

Gazelle Level Test

Please take the mandatory self-test to determine if Gazelle is right for you.

  1. Dance Collegiate Shag with a partner who is at a similar level to you, to the tune in the video below.
  2. Use closed, open, side by side & tandem positions.
  3. Be sure to dance to the whole song.
  4. If you lost your footwork more than once, was not able to keep your footwork in time with the tempo or struggled to execute more than one of the moves or transitions, you aren’t quite ready for this level and should therefore take the self-test for Kangaroo.

Important Info for Gazelle Level

If you pass the Gazelle self-test above, please continue with the following instructions.

  1. Registration for this level is by pre-approval from the GSF team and teachers and requires you to submit a video of yourself dancing Collegiate Shag with a partner in a social setting, competition or performance to a tempo of 220bpm or higher. If you already have a video like this, no need to make another.
  2. Please submit your video by email to info@glasgowshagfestival.com no later than the 20th June to be considered. Once you have submitted your video, we will get back to you within 7 days with either the go-ahead to register for this level or an invitation to register for the Kangaroo level instead. You can absolutely submit videos before GSF registrations open on the 29th Feb