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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 was very popular among the College Kids in the mid 30’s and it is very popular again. Originally Balboa was a closed position swing form with intricate footwork predominantly based on 8-count patterns. But when the hot Swing music really hit the scene some of the younger dancers like Maxie Dorf and Lolly Wise added break-aways and swing turns to the Balboa, which nowadays is often referred to as Bal-Swing.

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 Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!

Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 1
Moves include:
Learn the Basic Walks, the Apache Hug Me, a Snap Turn, Push Breaks, Lollys (follows and leads turns), the Bal Swing Out and a Triple Inside Turng. Also get some footwork exercises. Packaged in shrink wrapped white cardboard sleeve.
Approximately 60 mins, DVD.

Balboa, Vol. 1, DVD
Price: $34.95
Out of Stock

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!

Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 2
Moves include:
In addition to styling, moves include Balboa Circles with Switching Directions, Bal Swing Outs and Continuous Bal Swing Outs, the Serpentine, the John Mills Balboa Move, Circle Breaks, a Triple Inside Turn with a Behind the Back move. Packaged in shrink wrapped white cardboard sleeve. Approximately 60 minutes, DVD.

Balboa, Vol. 2 DVD
Price: $34.95
Out of Stock

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!Erik and Sylvia Balboa, Volume 3
Moves include:
With this advanced-level tape, now you get fancy! Do the Shoulder Pop
Fall Off the Log/ Fall Into the Log, Scoot variation, Crossover twists,
Ball Change Combo, The Roll, and of course, Styling.
Packaged in shrink wrapped white cardboard sleeve. Approximately 60 minutes, DVD.

Balboa, Vol. 3 DVD
Price: $34.95
Out of Stock

Balboa, Vol. 3, VHS
Price: $20.88

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!

Erik and Sylvia Balboa, THREE VOLUME SET
Save with all three!

(See below to save with the entire Erik and Sylvia nine-videotape series.) Approximately 60 minutes each, DVD.

Balboa, 3 Volume Set, DVD
Price: $102.88
Out of Stock


Marcus and Bärbl Balboa Series, DVD/VHS

(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
PC/MAC Compatible)

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.

Balboa, 1-3, DVD

Part 1: Section 1: One-Step, Basic, Crab Walks, Crabs on 3 & 7, Paddles.
Section 2: Transition, Cross Breaks, (He/She Crosses), Come Around Swing Step, Swing in a Circle. Section 3: Inside Turn, Reverse Turn, Adlibs, Double Time, Shuffle. Extra Interview With Original Dancers And Jams. 78 min, 2002 (DVD in 2004).

Part 2: Section 1: Long Beach Basic, Swivels, Maxie’s Stop Step, Section 2: Both Cross Break, Salsa Break, Johnny‘s Drop, Transition + Slide. Section 3: Multiple Turns, Inside Pop Turn, Outside Turn, Jason‘s 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: Ed’s Hangman, Bart Leg, Hal‘s Roll. Section 3: Maxie‘s Slide, Marcus‘ Slide, Beach Turn. Section 4: Cuddle (Fred), Ray Hirsch, Scotty‘s 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)

Marcus & Bärbl, Balboa 1-3 on one DVD

Marcus & Bärbl, Balboa 3, VHS


Doug Silton

Swing Nightlife: Intermediate Balboa - Stuff You've Just Gotta Know
As part of the Swing Nightlife series, this video works on "Stuff You've Just Gotta Know": Crossover Breaks, Rock & Steps, Circular Triples, Crabwalks, Charleston Taps, Ad-Lib Steps, and more!

Level: Intermediate

Int Balboa Stuff to Know, DVD
Price: $19.95
Out of Stock

Swing Nightlife: Intermediate Balboa - Come Around Variations
As part of the Swing Nightlife series, this video works on eight Come-Around Variations to be used in Balboa, with all the techniques to make them stylish and socially leadable.

Level: Intermediate

Int Balboa Come Around Var.,
D. Silton, DVD

Price: $19.95



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 don’t 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 hasn’t lost its popularity.

Erik and Sylvia

(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
PC Compatible, not MAC Compatible)

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar - great Collegiate Shag dancers!

Collegiate Shag, Volume 1
Basic
Breaks
Underarm Turn
Camel Kicks
Collegiate Kicks
Lolly Kicks/ with Turn
Hand in Hand Camel Kicks/ with Turn
Back to Back Breaks
Truckin' in a Circle
Styling.

Collegiate Shag, Volume 1
Price: $34.95
Out of Stock


Erik and Sylvia Collegiate Shag, Volume 2

Moves include:
Reverse Kicks, Reverse Kicks with Hooks, Double Kick Away, Sailor Knot, Badum times 3, Varsity Drag, Varsity Drag Back to Back, Groovie Movie Pass, Lolly Kicks with a Guy’s Turn. Packaged in shrink wrapped white cardboard sleeve. Approximately 60 minutes, DVD.

Collegiate Shag, Vol. 2, DVD
Out of Stock

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!

Erik and Sylvia Collegiate Shag, Volume 3
Moves include:
With this advanced-level tape, now you get fancy! Lunge Breaks, Lunge Breaks with Hangman, Jig Kicks, Bunny Hop/Badums, Fall Off the Log Slide, Hop Scotch, Suzie-Q Combo, Side-by-Side Badums, Styling. Packaged in shrink wrapped white cardboard sleeve. Approximately 60 minutes, DVD.

Collegiate Shag, Vol. 3, DVD

Collegiate Shag , Vol. 3, VHS
Price: $20.88

Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar, DVD Swing Dance Instruction: Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Hollywood Style Lindy Hop!

Erik and Sylvia Collegiate Shag, Three Volume Set
Save when you purchase all three!
(See below to save with the entire Erik and Sylvia nine-videotape series.) Approximately 60 minutes each, DVD.

Collegiate Shag, 3 Vol. Set DVD
Price: $102.88
Out of Stock

Marcus and Bärbl

(DVDs are Region 0 (International Format),
PC/MAC Compatible)

Collegiate Shag, 1 & 2, DVD

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 Grinder’s 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).

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 1&2 on one DVD
Price: $54.95



Collegiate Shag, 3 & 4, DVD

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).

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 3&4 on one DVD
Price: $54.95

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 1 on one VHS
Price: $14.95

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 2 on one VHS
Price: $14.95

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 3 on one VHS
Price: $14.95

Marcus & Bärbl, Collegiate Shag 4 on one VHS
Price: $14.95


Doug Silton

Swing Nightlife: Carolina Shag: Basic Mirror Patterns
Description: As part of the Swing Nightlife series, this video works on basic Carolina Shag mirror patterns. You should already know the basics of Carolina Shag before purchasing this video.

Level: Intermediate

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.

 

C-Shag, Basic, D. Silton, DVD
Price: $19.95


Swing Nightlife: Carolina Shag: Advanced Mirror Patterns


Description:
As part of the Swing Nightlife series, this video shares 6 awesome Carolina Shag mirror patterns.

Level: Advanced.

Includes: Low Side Roll, Double Spin Ronde, Cabana Boy, Ginger Kicks, Sugarfoot Special, Triples Backs.

C-Shag, Advanced, D. Silton, DVD
Price: $19.95

 

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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