Born out of London's premier fast-dance night, Salty Mondays, and now in its 2nd edition, the gang wants to invite you to: 'Mind the Shag 2018'. This Shag weekend will bring top international teachers to London to give a shot of energy to your Shag dancing. Pol & Sara will be back after their first stint in London earlier this year, Patrick and Fancy will return to get you bopping like there was no yesterday, local heroes Peter & Aila will be in full force to get you shagging like in the golden age, and hailing from St. Louis we are proud to have Christian & Jenny in London to get everybody to the next level of St. Louis Shag.
We have decided to change the format of this festival somewhat from the usual. Teachers have provided blocks of 2h classes, rather than level tracks. More down below.
And of course we will have parties. A truly exciting line up of UK bands and DJs awaits you in some fantastic venues.
Like in our first edition, Mind the Shag is all about improving in workshops and having a good time in a relaxed and cosy environment.
Tickets will sell out again, so book early not to miss out.
Peter and Aila have been shagging together since 2010. Peter is best known in London for setting up Shag Pile, whilst Aila is trained in many dance forms, and also directs the performance groups ‘The Shag Pilots’ and the internationally renowned 'The Bee’s Knees’. Together they won 2015’s ‘Rock that Swing’ Shag Battle. Their love of Shag in many styles now takes them all over the UK & Europe.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy is of National Jitterbug Championships fame with her unique and elegant style. Patrick has been at the forefront of Europe’s Shag scene, teaching and promoting the dance in the UK and around Europe. Fancy and Patrick had teamed up the first time for Mind The Shag '17 and thought together since, sharing their vast knowledge and style to get you hooked on their passion for dancing.
Jenny and Christian started dancing together when they learned in 2008,and for nearly a decade they have worked together to create a vibrant, unique style that stands out on dance floors around the world! Ever-proud of their hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Christian and Jenny have spent years getting to know dancers of previous generations and learning the original jitterbug styles of their hometown, including the St. Louis Shag. With this first-hand knowledge as well as their commitment to continued innovation and originality, they are top experts in St. Louis Shag and St. Louis-style jitterbug. Their approach to teaching is people-first, and they prioritize audacity and individual expression over technical perfection on the dance floor.
Pol Prats is the founding director of Spank the Baby School in Barcelona. He has taught in several festivals in the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Finland including Stir it, Gnsh and London Swing Festival. He is a member of the Barcelona Jazz Cats performance troupe. Sara Planas has been an innate ballet and hip hop dancer since the early age of four years. She discovered lindy hop in 2009 and since then has been a passionate dancer and teacher. She has been spreading lindy hop and shag and acrobatics in all Europe in the last four years. Together they have been the first promoters of Collegiate Shag in Spain and co-founders of BCN SHAG FESTIVAL, one of the biggest festivals of Collegiate Shag in Europe.
If you're a Swing dancer but don't know Shag, or if you know Shag but you would like to review your basics, we have 3 perfect stations for you. In addition we have 1 station that will give you a pure Jitterbug style, that can be easily mixed with your Lindy hop!
These 8 stations require a certain level of Shag dancing. You should be taking Shag classes regularly, have the rhythm in your muscle memory, know the standard moves and be able to dance confidently socially. We want to avoid using labels like ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ as such terms are very subjective, instead we will mark with S(super) the 4 stations that require more experience.
These 2 stations will give you the essence and the moves that will help you to become a rising star in St. Louis Shag.
Salty Jitterbugs (Krystal & Alex) Krystal (with Mexican rhythm in her veins) and Alex (with the fast tempo of his Russian heart) teamed up in London in 2016 as a formal dancing couple. Since then they have been taking every opportunity to spread their love for Collegiate Shag, like the premier fast tempo night Salty Mondays.
Simona De Leo probably started to draw before she could say her first words. In London she fell in love with dancing and jazz music and started to sketch musicians during live jazz gigs. Jazz and swing dancing strongly influenced all her art and style. She is the creative soul of Mind the Shag!
Coming all the way from Austria, this yodeling wonder replaced the Lederhosn and folk music with vintage clothes and Swing. Patrick has been at the forefront of Europe’s Shag scene, teaching and promoting the dance in the UK and around Europe. Patrick will be teaching with Fancy and is the "specialist advisor" for Mind the Shag.