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TC Swingin' Hepcats carries two kinds of COLLEGIATE SHAG, one kind of CAROLINA SHAG and three series of BALBOA instructional videos/DVDs.
On this page you first find the Balboa (VHS and DVD), then the Collegiate Shag (VHS and DVD), and then Carolina Shag (DVD only). At the bottom are some ideas on how to choose, plus links to more information about each couple and the other swing dance material they offer.
Balboa can be danced to any speed of music, from slow songs at 120 beats/min. till very fast ones at 300 beats/min. Pure Balboa is probably the easiest way to dance to fast swing music and enjoy it.
Erik and Sylvia Balboa Video Series, DVD
CLOSEOUT ON VHS
(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
PC Compatible, not MAC Compatible)
Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 1
Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 2
Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 3
Erik and Sylvia Balboa, THREE VOLUME SET
Marcus and Bärbl Balboa Series, DVD/VHS
(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
With Marcus & Bärbl and Steve & Denise you can learn from the best international renowned instructors. Steve & Denise won all major Balboa Championships in the US among them the National Balboa Championship 2001. They appeared in many movies and were headline instructors for one year at the famous Derby.
Part 1: Section 1: One-Step, Basic, Crab Walks, Crabs on 3 & 7, Paddles.
Part 2: Section 1: Long Beach Basic, Swivels, Maxies Stop Step, Section 2: Both Cross Break, Salsa Break, Johnnys Drop, Transition + Slide. Section 3: Multiple Turns, Inside Pop Turn, Outside Turn, Jasons Favourite. Section 4: Fan Step, Triple Time Basic. Section 5: Slide Boy, Slide Girl, Slide Both. Extra Interview With Original Dancers And Balboa Jam. 88 min, 200. (DVD in 2004).
Part 3: Section 1: Apache, Snap Turn, Combination, The Dream. Section 2: Eds Hangman, Bart Leg, Hals Roll. Section 3: Maxies Slide, Marcus Slide, Beach Turn. Section 4: Cuddle (Fred), Ray Hirsch, Scottys Drag. Section 5: Ducking Turn, Bal-Whip, Dizzy, Super Dizzy. Section 6: Double Kicks, Jig Trot. Extra Demonstration of original dancers. 116 min, 2002 (DVD in 2004)
Swing Nightlife: Intermediate Balboa - Stuff You've Just Gotta Know
Swing Nightlife: Intermediate Balboa - Come Around Variations
Collegiate Shag: A simple Slow Slow Quick Quick is the secret of an exciting and cool looking 6-count swing dance from the 30s and 40s: The Shag. Shag is easy to learn. With its hops and kicks it is a lot of fun. If you like to have close contact to your partner and still dont want to miss the energy of swing than Shag is the dance for you. Mostly danced in closed position, but also with open and separating elements, Shag can be danced from medium to fast music. Shag was spread all over America some years before Lindy Hop became popular and different styles were popular in different regions. The material here is about the Double Time Shag that was danced a lot among the college students, which why it is often referred to as Collegiate Shag. It should not be confused with Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. Even it was a separate dance Shag can be easily mixed with other Swing styles. Revived in the Los Angeles Swing scene Shag made a strong comeback since the early 90s and spread on the side of his dancing cousin the Balboa around the World. Shag is taught again at many international dance camps and workshops and hasnt lost its popularity.
Erik and Sylvia
(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
Collegiate Shag, Volume 1
Erik and Sylvia Collegiate Shag, Volume 3
Erik and Sylvia Collegiate Shag, Three Volume Set
Marcus and Bärbl
This DVD is for the Beginner/Intermediate Shag Dancer.
Part 1: Section 1 Hop Basic, Turning & Traveling, Zig Zag; Section 2 Chug Basic, Cuddle, Open Position, Truckin; Section 3 Separation Turn, Show your socks, Break To Front, Break To Side; Section 4 Kick Basic, Opposite Cross Kicks, Double Hand Hold, Cuddle with Kicks, Traveling with Kicks, Shag Kicks; Section 5 Camel Kicks, Separation With Camel Kicks, Skater Knot, Skater Knot Front, Skater Knot Back, Sliding door; Section 6 Single Turn, Single Turn With Travel, Changing Places Vars., Organ Grinders Swing; Section 7 Moon Basic, Propeller Basic; Extra Interview and Jam. 96 min., 2003 (DVD out in 2004).
Part 2: Section 1 Double Shag Kicks, Multiple Shag Kicks, Connie Kicks, WOS Kicks; Section 2 Cuddle and Flip; Run Around & Cut Off, Rotation turn left & right, Rotation turn right; Section 3 Scorpion, Hand to Hand Shag Kicks, Hand to Hand Shag Kicks with Twist, Kick Away; Section 4 Click Basic, Click Brake, Heels Up Brake, Collegiate Basic / Triple Basic; Section 5 Sailor Basic, Sailor Basic in dancing, Camel Hops, Skippies; Section 6 Jumping Jacks (Hampelmann), Hop Scotch, Chucks, Chuck Turns; Section 7 Hip to Hip Breaks, Break to Open Position, Mixed Breaks, Lunges and Pecking; Extra Interview and Jam. 93 min., 2003 (DVD out in 2004).
Part 1: Section 1 Double Kicks, Pumps, Rotating Pumps, Heels Up, Scoops, Mixing Steps; Section 2 Jig Trot, Jig Trot with Heels Up, Kick Pull (Pull Ups), Pull Kicks; Section 3 Mixing Step 1 - Guys, Mixing Step 2 - Dolls, Mutual Kicks, Mixing All Up; Section 4 Shag Rocks, Shag Rocks under Chin, Shag Rocks in Open, Roll off the Log; Section 5 Lock Brake, Swingaroo, Popeye Kicks, Legomania; Section 6 Sailor Step, Back to Back Break, Extreme Break; Section 7 Corte Break, Cont. Lunges, Pecking Flips; Extra Jams. 89 min., 2003 (DVD in 2004).
Part 2: Section 1 Trip, Gallagher's Cross Step, Drag Suzy-Q, Side Travel, Double/Triple Turn; Section 2 Outer Scissor Basic, Inner Scissor Basic; Section 3 Sling Shot, Inside Passes, Pass with an Inside Turn, Swing Out, Double Hook, Boss Turn; Section 4 Double Stab, Kick Ball Change, Double Kick Pull, Hammer Combination; Section 5 Pick-A-Boo, Single Time Cross Kicks; Section 6 Continuous Kicks, Minoru Step; Extra Jams. 79 min., 2003 (DVD in 2004).
Swing Nightlife: Carolina Shag: Basic Mirror Patterns
Includes: Double Setup, Triple Setup Lock, Hop Step, Sugarfoot, Heel Toe Combo, and the Triple Hook.
Doug is assisted in both Carolina Shag DVDs by Sarah Breck.
Read more about ERIK Robison and SYLVIA Skylar, and see all their DVDs (In addition to Collegiate Shag and Balboa, they have a three volume Hollywood Style Lindy Hop series)
Read more about MARCUS Koch and BÄRBL Kaeufer, and see all their DVDs They offer Footwork, Basic Jitterbug, two volumes of Hollywood Style Lindy Hop, Charleston, Secrets of Improvisation, Boogie Woogie, and Master Trick Steps (one volume for Guys, one for Dolls)
How do you choose? Read the descriptions. It is difficult to recommend one over the other since the professional instructional videos/dvds are of the highest quality. They are also are entertaining to watch! You will love Erik and Sylvia's outfits and makeup, and you will also laugh at Marcus's humor. And from all of them, you will learn a LOT of great dance moves.
If you are not adventurous and know one of the couples already (from other videos or from workshops you have attended), then go with that couple. If you know one couple already, but would like to learn from a different but also highly experienced perspective (broaden your horizons!) then try the new couple.
Finally, I wanted to mention that if you would like to first see dancers dance shag and balboa, then it might be a good idea to try one of the workshop/event tapes, for example, the Camp Hollywood or the Monsters of Swing tapes. On such tapes there is footage of people social dancing and dancing in competitions - you will see all sorts of dances - lindy hop, east coast swing, aerials, charleston, hip hop, and shag and balboa.
I hope that helps! Please email if you have other questions.
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