Mission

'Shag Pile' was founded by a group of like minded people in order to grow and support the UK Shag scene.
We do this through weekly classes and monthly club nights in central London, plus workshops further afield.

What is Shag?

Shag is a swing dance made popular in the mid 1930s and currently undergoing a resurgence.
It is known for its fast footwork, and can be danced to extremely uptempo music. It can be danced in a variety of styles, from elegant to frantic, and as such was sometimes played for laughs in early Hollywood movies.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say on the subject - but if you want to get a flavour of shag we recommend checking out the videos below!

 

Swing dancers at the NYC World's Fair, 1939

Scene from the movie BLONDIE MEETS THE BOSS (1939) with dancers including Ray Hirsch & Patti Lacey

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We perform at events with the Bees Knees.
We perform at festivals with the Mudflappers.