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Shag dance lessons and Shag Dance

This is a great deal! Please contact the Shag Organizers if you have questions.

Shag is one of the many forms of Tripple Swing. All have slight variations that make them different enough as to allow different names. Often times the names are interchangeable so don't be surprised if what you call by one name, others call by different names.

Remember that Swing Dancing started long before there was television and each town usually had its own teachers who taught it the way they liked to do it.

If you do any of the Tripple Swing variations, (With the possible exception of West Coast Swing.), you can pick up Shag quickly.

Tripple Swing is defined as having a basic count that goes, 1, 2, three, and, 4, 5 and, 6. 

The secondary count, done mostly in Whips, is 1,2, three and four, 5,6, Seven and 8.

As in nearly all dance forms there are many other counts used, but, they aren't usually done by first year dancers.

Below is their ad.


Every Wednesday, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA (on Route 50 near Prosperity Avenue). Cover charge: Non-members $8.00, members $7.00; free lessons at 7:30 p.m., no partners needed. Buffet dinner 6:45 – 8:00p.m., $9.00, or order from the menu. For example, Appetizers (Buffalo Wings, Quesadilla, etc.), Salads (Caesar, Chef),Burgers & Sandwiches (Bacon & Blue, Pulled Pork BBQ). 

Sharon Geyer invites us to join her and the Northern VA Shag Club for a free beginner Shag Dance lessons at the Elks Lodge in the Merrifield section of Fairfax! All are welcome. Join us for our regular weekly CAROLINA SHAG classes and DJ dancing. No partner needed! Please visit our website at for the latest info about our dance schedule and all our venues.

Contact: Sharon, at [masked]or[masked]-7842.

Time: 6:30 PM DJ Beach Music; FREE beginner Shag Dance Classes from 7:30 – 8:15 PM; Open dancing: 8:15 – 10:30 PM.

Location: Arlington/Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031. Conveniently located only a few blocks from the Beltway/I495: take exit 50 west and immediately go to the left lanes on the exit ramp west (towards Fairfax) on Arlington Blvd. /Rt. 50. Turn left at the2nd light (Javier Road), then immediately right onto the service road. You will see the Elks Lodge on your left, with a large American flag and a yellow neon sign in front. (This is the same venue where Bobby Watkins’ VIP dances are typically held).


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