Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by Goof, Jul 10, 2004.
It's soooo good to have my countdown back! Now we're doing "THE WDW SHAG"
Mind if I dance along?
Of course with my counter I'll have to dance LONGER!
So I'll bring the band:
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Please explain 'SHAG' it means something rather rude here in the UK!!!!
it originally is the name of a very popular dance in the southeastern US.
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My apologies to the UK! but we're still "Dancing The WDW Shag"
Yeah, I think you're going to get more views on this thread than the normal "countdown" thread gets!
Ha! This is funny and I don't know the "shag" as I am from the midwest BUT I'll sure give it a try! We leave in a little over 6 days, Yeah!
Yep, and here's our definition of the Southeastern American version: And again, my apologies to those from the UK for using their version of the meaning of ----------------?the word.
Shag is a form of swing dance Swing is a group of related street dances, that evolved from Lindy Hop. Swing is a partner dance, where the couple consists of a lead and follow, who share a connection.
Forms of Swing
The three main dance forms of swing are Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and East Coast Swing. However, many related dance forms exist, including the following.
Lindy Hop evolved in the late 1920s and early 1930s as the original swing dance. Its main draw is the style's openess to improvisation, and ability to easily adapt to include steps from other 8-count, and 6-count Swing styles. "Lindy" is most often danced to jazz, but ambitious dancers often use it to dance to the blues, rock & roll, and even some forms of hip-hop! Almost anything goes.
The two most common variations are the Carolina Shag. The Carolina Shag is a type of swing dance. The shag basic step is performed in closed position, the Lead's left hand at shoulder height, right hand on the follow's left shoulder blade. The steps are verbalized as "slow, slow, quick quick quick", where each 'slow' is some kind of smooth or spastic gesture with one foot. The first 'slow' is with weight on the left foot and gesturing with the right, the second with weight on the right and gesturing with the left.
The Collegiate Shag is a form of swing dancing, similar to the Balboa (another swing dance), but with different footwork (footwork: the dance term for steps). Danced with a Lead and follow, it is danced to upper tempo music (usually 200+ beats per minute) and the couple dancing is positioned very closely for a body lead connection.
Collegiate Shag began in New Orleans in the 1920's and it was performed by young ("college age") dancers to ragtime jazz. It pre-dates the Lindy Hop and Balboa. As it spread, new breeds of the dance were created such as Carolina Shag and St. Louis Shag.
Since we are getting very close I think we need to join the fun too !
When I read the topic, I was like I know what this means to those in the UK, but I also know what this means in the southeast US (saw and really liked the movie with that name) - I had to click to see if this was a post from someone in US or UK.
Princess, sorry to have gotten your attention in what could have been the wrong way I have heard of two definitions of the word in the UK but meant nothing derogratory by using it. Alot of us from the southern u.s. grew up doing this dance on the Beach Scene.
And yes, i go back a few years with Beach Music and the Shag.
I have also edited the thread title to indicate it is the dance that i am refering to
Now maybe the number of views will slow down somewhat
I'm doing the single digit shimsham!
I have two left feet and cant dance :thewave:
Hey Josh, i hope you looked up the definition of "Shimsham" before you posted or you're gonna get rained on! (LOL)
Have a good trip!
GailT, you don't need to know how to dance, just be able to gesture with your feet in a smooth or spastic manner! join us anyway!
Thanks Goof, here I go, pray I don't fall
Gail, see how easy that was! You're doing great!!
Can I dance too?
The Shag with a twist! Very Nice!
I'll hit the dance floor one more time before giving it up to the task of packing luggage
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