Collegiate Shag is a partner dance that originated in the 1930’s and has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances, such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa. The dance is known for its hopping basic step and high energy footwork that separates it from other forms of swing and other dances that use the “shag” name, such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. Collegiate and Murray Shag can be mixed with Swing and Jig Trot steps.
Numerous dance competitions between New York high schools during 1920's and 1930's included Shag. Another Shag Mecca at the time was Virginia Beach as well as other East American cities. Collegiate Shag these days is mostly popular among Swing Dancers, Lindy Hop dancers in particular.