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Collegiate Shag@The Viscount

East Coast Swing / Lindy Hop Instruction

Beginner

Teacher(s)   Haily Holt + Mike Wilson
Relevant Website  www.danceviscount.com
Contact Phone  503.226.3262
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Date(s)   Recurring
Every Wednesday
Next Event: 12/18/19
Beg-End Time   8:30-9:30p
Money   $15 per class or $55 for
a 4 class pass ($50
online!)
Address   720 SE Sandy Blvd. Portland OR 97214

Collegiate Shag is an energetic partner dance that was popular in the 1930s and 40s. It has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances like Lindy hop, Charleston, and Balboa, but its unique double-rhythm six-count basic and fancy footwork flourishes distinguish it from other styles of swing and other dances that use the 'shag' name such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. It is currently in the middle of an explosive revival in current social swing dancing circles, and Portland is the perfect town to do this dance justice, with all our fabulous local swing bands that often play uptempo tunes. But whether you're dancing out on a Thursday night, or in your own living room with friends, Collegiate Shag is a great go-to no matter the situation! Hop to it!

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Instructor Bio And Private Lesson Info

Having studied music and dance for most of her life (save the first 5 years), Sarah began her life with Latin dance in 1997.  She initially learned the old fashioned way – by dancing with people in clubs.  Being a musician, she originally went to clubs to watch the bands (ok, and hang out with friends over a Corona).  Then the dancers caught her eye and the rest is history.  So as not to miss out on any opportunity to dance, she learned to lead and follow at the same time (there’s always someone to dance with that way!).  She then began attending local classes and workshops, and within 5 months of starting, she was assisting local instructors and performing with Portland’s first Salsa dance company, Sabor Latino (under the direction of Maggie Gould).  The dance company (which she eventually became co-director of with George Caceres) allowed for vast travel and education in the various styles of Salsa and other Latin dances.

She left the company in 2005, the same year she started running the Viscount Dance Studios (formerly on Burnside, and plural!).  In 2009 she became sole owner and operator.   In 2010, Sarah joined the local indie-rock band as a vocalist and percussionist, Ages and Ages, and has been performing and traveling with the group ever since.  It probably goes without saying that her background in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Cabaret, and Jazz dancing have deeply influenced her style of Salsa, Cha Cha, and Bachata.  It is also true that training in multiple styles of Latin dance (LA style, Puerto Rican, Columbian, Casino, Afro-Cuban, NY Salsa on ’2', Classic Mambo, Boogaloo, Plena, Bomba, and even Samba) makes her approach to dancing and teaching not only well researched, but accommodating of different musical styles, dance situations, individual pre-dispostions to certain styles, and the nature of all organic art forms!

She does not teach ballroom, or competitive dance.  She teaches people to dance socially (and the occasional performance group).  She is known for her individual style of Salsa and Cha Cha (which, she’s been told, has notably influenced Portland’s unique style of Salsa), but more for her style of teaching which is 100% student based.  Sarah is able to articulate not just how the dance and music work, but why, and how to learn it.  Her classes are upbeat and fun.  The material is dance-floor appropriate, meaning you can actually use it in a social setting.  There is a NO-SCOLD policy at her studio, making it a safe place to make mistakes (and you will…).  The most important person in the class room is always the student, and it turns out that respect goes both ways ;)

Sarah, and all the instructors associated with the Viscount,  take running the Studios very seriously as it is one of Portland’s longest standing dance institutions!

They believe that people learn to dance for the fun of it, and that the Viscount should be a safe place for experimenting, making mistakes, building friendships, and enjoying the learning process.

We believe that the student always comes first and that instructors are only as good as the smile on their students’ faces.

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