i don't think anyone here had even tried to lead collegiate shag when dancing with me prior to last weekend.
and now... tah-dah! we have not one, not two, but FOUR different basic steps present in the hampton roads area!
those of us who went down to sugar foot stomp last weekend learned the two basics that joel and alison presented:
joel and alison single shag = quick-quick-slow, quick-quick slow (or L-R-L-L, R-L-R-R lead footwork, if you will.)
joel and alison double shag = slow-slow-quick-quick (L-L-R-R-L-R)
tuesday, i went down to the virginia beach lesson, where they were teaching a single shag, only starting on the slows... not much different, it just changes where the ones are.
jeff and amanda single shag = slow-quick-quick, slow-quick-quick (L-L-R-L, R-R-L-R)
in williamsburg last night, they had a slightly different double shag... the footwork was the same as joel and alison's, but started on 8 instead of one.
mike double shag = ow-slow-quick-quick-sl (L-R-R-L-R-L)
so i'm totally pumped to have so much shagging, but it's a little crazy. today i did some reading up on the dancehistory.org board. our first three basics, anyway, are all pretty common. among the cool things i found out, shag goes back further in the south than it does in the northeast, probably in the form of single shag. one of the earliest references that peter loggins cites is actually from virginia beach, so i might be in the right place to do some local research this time. during WWII, southerners were exposed to double shag and referred to it as "yankee shag". and yes, there were all kinds of local variations, but most people didn't switch basics constantly mid-song... which makes me feel a little better, since i was having a really hard time following people who switched back and forth at sugar foot stomp!
also, i really want to try triple shag -- slow-slow-quick-quick-slow, slow-slow-quick-quick-slow -- but i think it might make my brain explode.
and, um, for all of you who were thoroughly bored reading about shag... have some to watch?