Shag on The Tyne 2016

Swing Tyne Proudly Presents:

Shag on the Tyne 2016!
16-18 September 2016

Bookings open 7PM on Tuesday 12th April on our DanceCloud page.

A weekend of fun filled Collegiate Shag classes, dances and parties. With lessons from top LA superstars Minn Vo, Fancy Dougherty, Steve Sayer and Chandrae Roettig, and live music from the very Shaggable Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra. The super friendly Swing Tyne dancers look forward to welcoming you.

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About the classes
8 hours of classes throughout the weekend.
Classes will be at The Beacon on Westgate Road:

Two streams of classes will run:

Sand Dancer level
You’re not totally new to Shag, but keen to make your mark on this awesome dance!

You’re at the point where dancing Shag socially is an exciting concept because you’re wanting to throw these new things you’re learning onto the floor.

You will most likely have been attending Shag classes for a little while and you’re itching to learn more.

Your familiarity with the basics is building your confidence in shifting between 6 count double basic and 8 count moves and variations are starting to be part of your ever expanding repertoire of moves.

Byker Groover level
You’ve been dancing Shag a while, and you’ve developed a strong foundation on which you keep building!

You’re now dancing Shag regularly both socially and in many classes, you may even have performed it; you’re getting really comfortable with your technique and how to play with the music you’re dancing to.

Transitioning between 6 and 8 count moves is no problem to you and you’re able to vary your movement to fit both your partner and the music.

You should probably have attended a workshop or two and you’re now happy dancing at speed.
You’re really keen to take your Shag to the next level and this is going to be exactly where to get going.

Unclear which level to book onto?- drop us an email at

There will also be some fun tasters at the end of each day to choose from – you can either do Shag all weekend or try something a little different each day for one of your classes!

About the teachers

Stephen Sayer

Stephen Sayer is a dancer/instructor who is dedicated to preserving the great American partner jazz dances of the 1920′s-1950′s. Originally from Dayton, Ohio Steve began dancing in 1998 at the age of 16. Falling in love with lindy hop and other dances of the swing era he traveled to the east and west-coasts to dance, study and learn the different styles of swing dancing.  In 2012 Stephen was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, and has won numerous Shag and Lindy championships including Collegiate Shag, Open Strictly Lindy and International Lindy.

Today Steve travels the world teaching Shag and Smooth Style Lindy with partner Chandrae Roettig. He is committed to improving and pushing the limits of his own dancing as well as those who take his classes. His focus of connection to partner and music are what makes his dancing and teaching so unique.

Chandrae (Chanzie) Roettig

Chanzie’s background in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet and Theater Dance Styles, enables her to bring a sparkly energetic athleticism to her swing dancing.  Since connecting with Swing Dancing in 2007, Chanzie has developed her passion for every vintage style under the umbrella of swing and preserving it’s history.

Chanzie has worked with some of LA’s top choreographers in film, television, music and stage.  Winning many national swing dance titles, she along with Stephen Sayer are sought out globally for their unique teaching. Enjoying success at a National level with performance groups since 2012, they continue to spread the joy of Smooth Style Lindy and Collegiate Shag in a big way! Known for her cheerful and playful attitude, Chanzie is a joy to watch, dance with and learn from.

Steve and Chanzie dancing together at Rock That Swing


Minn Vo

Minn is one of LA’s favorite competitors and without a doubt one of the most versatile performers in swing dancing today. Inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2004, he excels in all areas of Vernacular Jazz Dance, including Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Air Steps, and has an extensive influence on the contemporary movement of urban street dance.

His competition background stems from a long history of 1st place titles in the local, national, and world competition circuit since 1997 including America Lindy Hop Championships, Nation Jitterbug Championships, US Open Lindy Hop Championships, Harlem Jazz Festival, California Balboa-Swing Championships, and many more.

He has made him mark in TV commercials, film, and music videos, and is the founder of LA performance group Hollywood Hotshots. A renowned instructor when opportunity allows, a rare opportunity to catch Minn teaching in the UK.

Fancy Dougherty

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy fell in love with jazz, lindy hop and shag in 2008.  She’s been hooked ever since, devoting herself to the technical mastery of historical dances and her own unique style.  She has appeared in music videos, and been on numerous television shows for the US, Mexico and France.  She currently lives in Paris, where she teaches with partner Alex Dreyer and also enjoys the local pastries.  Fancy holds titles in fast lindy and shag.  She was nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014 and is the four-time shag champion (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014) of the National Jitterbug Championships with shag partner Steve Sayer.

About the band

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it.

Their songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.
In 2015, the band joined forces with Swing Tyne dancers to create I Shag Newcastle:

Shag on the Tyne Social Pass
Your all access party pass to the fun and joy that is the Newcastle swing dance scene!

Friday Night

Welcome party at Swing Tyne’s new regular venue ¡VAMOS! Social. With Swing Tyne DJ’s, enjoy a drink, catch up with friends and dance with Shag on the Tyne’s uber teachers!

7.30pm – midnight
Vamos Social
Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH

Saturday Night

Featuring Live music from Newcastle’s own Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra (as seen in YouTube sensation I Shag Newcastle!), our Saturday Night shindig takes place in the iconic Sage Gateshead building on the banks of the Tyne! Take in the panaramic views of the city,
dress to impress and bag a prize in our competition!

8pm – 11:30pm
Sage Gateshead
St Mary’s Square,
Gateshead Quays,
Gateshead, NE8 2JR, England


For those wanting to continue the night, Swing Tyne have pulled out all the stops to put together a chilled out after party – we’re doing a Northern and soulful late-night take-over of ¡VAMOS! Social This will be the place to wind up your evening in style, joining the Vamos party crowd.

11.30pm – 2am
Vamos Social
Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH

Sunday Night

Join us for an extra special edition of Swing Tyne’s monthly free shindig Sunday Night Stomp. Wind up your weekend in style at our swingin’ Sunday night social, playing the hottest dance music of the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s – big band swing, gypsy jazz, jumpin’ jive, rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues. There’s a fully licenced bar and 2 for 1 cocktails till 10pm.

8- 11pm
Hoochie Coochie
54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Tyne And Wear, NE1 6SF

Shag on the Tyne Social Pass – £20
Includes entry to Friday night Social, Saturday night dance and after party.
Sunday Night Stomp is free entry and all welcome!