They're back!!! Chanzie & Stephen have taught a generation of dancers how to do the shag and we are very proud to announce they are headlining our teacher line up for the 3rd time.
Together, they have taught at Swing/Jazz Camps and won competition titles at major Swing Dance festivals in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Chanzie and Stephen have created many performance groups and are committed to seeing vintage Swing Dance and Collegiate Shag back on the main stage, in a big way.
As teachers they are fun, engaging, extremely knowledgeable and concise, with an extensive historical knowledge of the dance and it's original pioneers. As Collegiate Shag's foremost modern innovators they are both now synonymous with the dance.
Based in Gloucestershire, Jim & Nicky have been teaching Swing Dancing on a weekly basis for over 20 years.
Collegiate Shag is their passion and have made the dance their speciality, teaching weekly shag classes in Gloucestershire as well as teaching at many of the dance camps in the UK including Hullzapoppin, Hepcats Holiday, Rock Bottoms, Jumping at the Woodside to name but a few and have been familiar faces on the teachers line up at Twinwood. Jim and Nicky are well known for their fun and relaxed style of teaching.
Peter and Aila love exploring the wide range of music, styling, and speeds and moves that Shag enables. Their deep knowledge and passion for the dance has taken them teaching, performing, and DJing for shagsters all over the UK and Europe.
The duo have been dancing Shag and other swing dances for over 10 years.
Peter set up London's ‘Shag Pile’ after running an unofficial week of Shag in Herrang. The group exists to grow the local scene through high quality weekly classes, workshops and events. As a performer, he has danced in films including ‘Gambit’, ‘Me and Orson Welles’ and ‘Avengers 2’.
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!
Rebecca and Adam's Shag journey started with a chance encounter at University of Swing 2015 - after spotting another couple doing this crazy dance they were hooked, and since then have pushed themselves to master as much as they can!
Despite being relative newcomers to the scene, they've already been punching above their weight, placing at Glasgow Shag Festival in the Intermediate J&J 2016, Advanced J&J 2017, and the Open J&J at Barcelona 2016 (where they also made the finals in the strictly)!
Their philosophy emphasises musicality and improvisation built upon technique-driven foundations. In class they focus on the real nitty gritty concepts that make up the dance, and use them to unlock limitless possibilities for even the newest of dancers.