The St. Louis Shag

March 11, 2008 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst | 1 Comment
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We’ve stepped up to reporting on dance parties before, but you’ll forgive us if we ask our friends at Gateway Lindy Hop to lead this story.  Although our shag is one of Saint Louis’ more enduring legacies in the world of dance, St. Louis has a long history of record hops.  When we heard that a new record hop was about to begin in the Casa Loma Ballroom, the first of which has already taken place on Sunday the 2nd  of March.

So far the feedback makes the possibly recurring record party sound more alluring.  Guest DJ’s like Bob Reuter were on hand to do what radio DJ’s do best, and live music was provided by some of St. Louis’ finer rockabilly ensembles.  Even for those of us afraid to step up, dance lessons were available on the floor for free, although admission would have set you back $5 already.  We’ll keep the Highway 61 events Calendar updated for future dates of what looks to be a recurring dance party.

Extra Credit – Like what you see?  Check out the rest of Lori White’s photos from the record hop in her FlickR photostream.

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  1. […] week we wrote about Sock Hops in Saint Louis, and our rich history of dance.  This video from the 1970s shows one of those dances, the St. […]


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