Collegiate Shag started in the 1920s and 30's. It's a partnered dance done mostly to mid-tempo or faster music and it combines different rhythms, including
6-count and 8-count moves. Shag is very energetic and will give you a fun workout!
The Charleston began in the early 20th century and became firmly established by the Ragtime-Jazz period of the 1920s. It is the foundation of Lindy Hop, and the two dances developed together in the 1930s and 40s. Charleston is both a solo and partnered dance mostly characterized by its kicking motions and is danced to mid-tempo to faster music. Adding this style to your vintage swing dance vocabulary is essential!
Balboa (Bal) began in California during the 1920s. It supposedly arose due to crowded ballrooms. With limited space, Charleston and Lindy Hop were less practical. Balboa combines two dances, Pure Bal and Bal-Swing; it's known for fast and fancy footwork, but is enjoyable at slower tempos too. This smooth dance focuses on partner connection and includes kicks, dips, spins, slides, etc., which make it the dynamic dance it is today!