Welcome everybody ! Benvinguts!

The team of the Bcn Shag Festival is very happy to welcome you all to the 5th edition of this festival from :
The Barcelona Shag Festival is now the biggest event in the world exclusively dedicated to Collegiate Shag.
5 YEARS!! It’s our birthday, and we are happy to welcome you all to enjoy and share your joy and love for Collegiate Shag and Swing dance.
So come and share 4 days with the Shag Familia. We have prepared some new competitions and great prizes, some new venues, we will have a new MC in da house, new testers, great performances, and some surprises that you will see during the festival !
Thank you all for being here! Without you, it wouldn’t be possible!
Big hugs from Sara, Pol & SpanktheBaby

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4 days of Collegiate Shag and St Louis Shag dance and all kinds of testers with amazing teachers. More teachers will be announced during next weeks.

4 nights of parties, 3 of them with live music and there is more to come which will be announced in the comming weeks. However, we do not want to disclose all surprises,… so you will have to be there to see!

Competitions will be held during Thursday to Saturday. Some new competitions will be announced! Of course “non regular” competitions will happen thanks to our Mcs. Let’s see what they will prepare for us…


Collegiate Shag

Mini Wolf

You have taken some collegiate shag classes, you know the basics and some movements.
You want to get more inspiration to start feeling comfortable dancing shag.
So far. Less than 1 year approximately.


You compete, you teach Collegiate Shag, you know the basics of St Louis Shag, you can play with different rhythms (single, double, triple rhythm), you improve your own steps, you take part in teams and need a real push and inspiration from the teachers to get into a higher level. If you feel that you are in this level, send us an email to sara@storyville.cat. If we agree, then please go ahead and register through the website.

Wolf Teeth

Intermediate level.
You have been receiving collegiate shag classes for at least 1 year regularly and have attended some workshops. You are starting to dance shag socially and can follow or lead steps confortably. You learn quickly in class.

Vomit Commet

Advanced level. You start playing with rhythms, start competing, use to social dance with shag very often, you have attended many workshops already. You know the technique and how to improve and want to get new steps and new ideas to feel more comfortable.
You have been receiving classes for about 2 years now or you feel you have this level. You can clearly guide and follow by focusing on musicality.

ST. Louis Shag

Over the tops

 You should have an intermediate level. You use st louis shag when you social dance. You want to receive steps and technique in order to start integrating the dance in your social life more and more and start challenge yourself also for competitions. Special price of 165€










Shakin ‘All will transport you to the universe of vintage music, a territory on the border between Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll and the Gospel.
Themes of the 20s, 30s, 40s, versions of Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Louis Prima … played by six excellent musicians, authentic specialists in classical jazz.
Check them out: http://shakinswing.com

Gordon Webster


Meschiya Lake

New Orleans is a place where the timeless sounds of jazz fill the air on any given night. One particularly notable voice in this great city is the smooth and sultry ragtime sound of Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns. Lake, who has called the Crescent City home for over ten years, has quite the interesting past. Her career began in a South Dakota steakhouse at age nine, where she won a $500 singing contest, and years down the road she ended up in a traveling circus. Check her website: www.meschiyalake.com/



The MCs that will bring a show and excite everybody!


Wednesday, October 31st.


We will announce Venue in the coming weeks.

Thursday (Gordon Webster) & Friday (Meschiya Lake & Shakin’All), November 1st and 2nd

Competitions & Classes

Party at Casino Aliança Poblenou

Saturday, November 3th (Meschiya Lake & Shakin’All)

REMEMBER OUR HALLOWEEN PARTY AS ALWAYS. Bring your best costume and go crazy!

Competitions & Classes

Party at Casino Aliança Poblenou

Sunday, November 4th

Classes in the morning only.

Goodbye party!

We will announce venue very soon!!



Couples will be dancing a song that will start slow and will end very quick. Judges will tap out.
You do not have to sign up. We expect everybody to join this competition!
It will be held on Friday or Saturday.

Shag All-In

Dancers to rotate to partners randomly drawn in two heats to four 1 minute songs. Finals will consist of 3-5 rotations of one heat of music of varying tempos and lengths including a phrase battle style dance where each couple gets one 8 eight section, you will be judged as individuals, not as couples.
Prices: 1st-5th place medals – cash prizes 300€ in total, broken down 1st-3rd place. Price: 15€ per person

Salty Jitterbug Contest

BCN Shag Team and London’s Salty Jitterbugs have joined forces to bring this ultimate competition, the Salty Jitterbugs Contest! No dance style restrictions. Participate solo, as a couple or as a team. The audience will decide who is the best with a state of the art real-time voting system! Prices: 1st-3rd place medals, one medal per team – Price: 8€ per person. Only 1st wins Mind the Shag Festival 2019

Collegiate Shag Strictly

This division is for Collegiate Shag. For prelims, dancers to dance in groups depending on how many couples we will have. Finals to start with a short warm up song, then 2 couples out at a time for 16 8 counts.
There will be several rounds.
Prices: 1st-5th place medals – cash prizes 300€ in total, broken down 1st-3rd place. Price: 15€ per person

Shag Advanced

The same as All-In but only for advanced dancers

St Louis Shag Strictly

This division is for St Louis Shag. For prelims, dancers to dance in groups depending on how many couples we will have. Finals to start with a short warm up song, then 2 couples out at a time for 16 8 counts for 2 rounds. Tempo second round will be faster.
Prizes: 1st-5th place medals. Price: 15€ per person


This is not a competition. We want as many performances possible! Minimum of 2 couples to perform a routine to their own music, song length to be between 3 and 4 1/2 minutes. For ease of performance, please send your informations and name of the team to Shagbcn@gmail.com. Song should be sent up until October 15th. Thanks for your cooperation!


All parties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be held at Casino Aliança Poblenou. POBLENOU Area. Venues for Party on Sunday and Preparty on Wednesday will be announced soon.

El Casino de l’Aliança de Poblenou was born on September 19, 1869 for cultural, recreational and welfare purposes with the creation of a brotherhood of mutual aid between partners. Although formed with interclassist and popular origins, with a worker as the first president, over time it would become a characteristic feature of the middle classes, menestral and small owners of the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo, always maintaining its liberal character.
The entity lived two difficult historical times during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, which closed the society a few months, and during the civil war, when the Casino, already in the new building, about to be burned, was seized by the Committee Of Defense of the Republic.
Its theater has been the framework of numerous activities of cultural and social type of citizen transcendence, such as the campaigns of “theater off”.
In 1878 the first theater hall was opened, which was located on Wad-Ras Street No. 20, until in 1919 a new one was erected on Wad-Ras, a corner of the New Town known as the Old Covenant.
In 1928 the new entity Casino La Alianza was established and in 1929 the first stone of the new building was placed, which was finally completed in 1944. The theater is located on the Rambla del Pueblo Nuevo, no. 42.



Remember that classes will be held already on Friday November 2nd.

Casino de l’Aliança de Poblenou



Hotel Ilunion

Take note all classes will be held in POBLENOU area.

Some classes will be held at Casino Aliança Poblenou as well.


Remember that classes will be held already on Friday November 2nd. We will post info on schedule after summer.


* Group discount: Special price of 165€ (subject to changes) MORE INFO ABOUT GROUPS WILL BE FOUND IN “REGISTRATIONS”

Competitions will be held from Thursday to Saturday.

J&J and Strictly – 15€ per person
Salty Jitterbug 8€ per person
Endurance Competition & TEAM FOR FREE during the weekend – We will announce it during the festival.


We will post the schedule and auditions some weeks before the festival



  • We do not refund once payment has been made. You can sell your pass to another student from the same level and role. We could change level and role in case of available spots.
  • We can always help you in case we have some students on waiting list.
  • The Organiser is not liable for any costs incurred by the Participant if the Event has to be cancelled.


  • You should register individually and your partner too. The only exception is for Groups, you should send an email with all members. You will have all instructions in the registration process.
  • For the rest of competitions, you should register individually and add your partner on it in case of Strictly.
  • Participants of the festival which have been already registered with a full pass can not be members of group.
  • If you want to compete but do not want to take classes, you should buy a PARTY Pass ticket.