Collegiate Shag or also “Double Time Shag” is a partner-dance of the 1930ies. Like the Lindy Hop, it was originally an afro-american dance with a somewhat hazy history: The term “Shag” was used for a variety of different dance styles of this era, the adding of “Collegiate” was due to its great popularity among college kids during its most prosperous period.
Collegiate Shag is mostly danced to rather quick and upbeat swing music and stands out because of its flashy footwork. This is also what distinguishes it from other dance styles which also went by the name of Shag at the time.
The interplay between dance partners is in the foreground when dancing, as is the combining of different footwork variations. Collegiate Shag has seen a revival in the more recent past and has ever since risen in esteem among Authentic Jazz dancers. In special festivals and workshops dedicated to it, the dance with the allusive name is being revived and reinvented by a new generation of dancers.