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Miss Shannon's Shannon's Sat Sock Hop

Miss Shannon's Sock Hops are events with the best local and national swing, rockabilly, western swing, and jazz bands. The Sock Hop originated at the iconic Lee's Liquor Lounge in the early 2000s, and are currently held every 4th Friday of the month at the Eagles #34 in Minneapolis.

Miss Shannon's Sock Hop is also the name of our interactive performance where we'll take you on a historic tour through the Golden Age of social dancing in the United States. From the rare and unusual to the iconic dances from the Ragtime, Jazz, Swing and early Rock & Roll era dances, our show is family friendly and is designed to add an educational or an interactive component upon request. Contact us for rates and booking.
You may find our group  performing at the Minnesota State Fair on the Cosgrove Stage, and the State Fair's Kickoff to Summer.
Our next public performance is at the Minnesota State Fair's Kickoff To Summer May 2024.

Visit our Facebook Page for information on the next Miss Shannon's Sock Hop​. 

Vintage Dance Series  June 22nd

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Join us at the Eagles #34 for a 4-hour Mini-Workshop featuring 2 popular dances from the 1930s swing era:
Collegiate Shag and Original Big Apple, and one uncommon dance of the era: Heel Shag

12:00 pm Heel Shag Introduction
Heel Shag is an uncommon vintage swing dance. before this dance was "rediscovered" it was nearly extinct. Heel-Shag is a low  impact dance which can be done across a variety of music styles and at a variety of tempos. 

1:30 pm Collegiate Shag Introduction
Collegiate Shag is a swing era dance which reached peak popularity in the late 1930s and dance from the East Coast through the Midwest and beyond. We'll cover a classic 1930s styling popular in the New York to Midwest area (which included the Twin Cities). This dance is commonly done to mid to up-tempo swing music. Comfortable shoes are recommended. No pre-requisite, partner, or dance experience necessary. All are welcome. $15 at the door, or pre-register at Swing Dance Wednesday Night.

2:45 pm Original Big Apple - Introduction 
The Big Apple was the biggest swing dance craze from 1937-1938. This social dance was done in a circle and the moves were called. Dance historian Lance Benishek researched and documented over 400 calls/moves. Shannon Butler trained and taught with Lance for over 2 decades and is grateful to have been able to train and teach with Original Big Apple  dancer Betty Wood who helped debut the dance on Broadway in the 1930s. This course will cover core moves, flow and putting moves together. 

$15 per class
$40 for mini-workshop
 

No partner or prior dance experience needed. 
 


 

Miss Shannon's Sock Hop with 
Tinglers June 28th

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Join us for a night of live music and dancing to the Tinglers

Miss Shannon's Sock Hop "Elective Series" $10:
Arrive early for our Miss Shannon's Sock Hop "Elective Series" - A pre-event specialty Dance Lesson.  Every Sock Hop at 6pm, we teach a vintage dance  to fit the style or era of the evening's band. The material is different from the 7pm drop-in lesson.
June 28th Hully Gully, Fancy Footwork for the Rock & Roll Stroll, the Original Stroll $10

Main Dance $10
7pm Dance Lesson (free with admission)
8pm Tinglers

DJ Miss Shannon during the band breaks 

The Venue: 
Eagles 34 2507 E 25th St, Mpls 

The Eagles #34 has a large, newly refinished dance floor, free on and off street parking, lots of seating, full bar, dining available until 9pm, and some of the most welcoming dancers and music fans to hang out with.

 

 

To our friends and followers, thank you for supporting live music, and the venues which support live entertainment... it couldn't be a party without you

Visit our Facebook Page for more information
 

Fridays Swing At the Eagles

1st Fridays (The odd months) with 
Katia & The Upswing

2nd Fridays with Steve Clarke
& The Working Stiffs

Join us ever 2nd Friday  for Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs at Fridays Swing at the Eagles #34. The Working Stiffs feature Jumpin tunes and songs from the Great American Songbook allowing a variety of dance styles to flourish on the dance floor.
 

7pm Dance Lesson with Shannon Butler
8pm Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs

$10 at the door includes the dance lesson

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3rd Fridays with Swingin' On A Star

Join 3rd Fridays  for Swingin' on a Star at Fridays Swing at the Eagles #34. Swingin'On A Star features tunes from the Great American Songbook allowing a variety of dance styles to flourish on the dance floor.
 

7pm Dance Lesson with Shannon Butler
8pm Swingin' on a Star

$10 at the door includes the dance lesson


 

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4th Fridays
Miss Shannon's Sock Hop

Join us for a night of live music and dancing at Miss Shannon's Sock Hop
Every month we'll feature a different local or regional band and offer 2 optional lessons. 


Miss Shannon's Sock Hop "Elective Series" $10:
Arrive early for our Miss Shannon's Sock Hop "Elective Series" - A pre-event specialty dance lesson.  Every Sock Hop at 6pm, we teach a vintage dance (or dances)  to fit the style or era of the evening's band. The material is different from the 7pm drop-in lesson.
June 28th Hully Gully, Fancy Footwork for the Rock & Roll Stroll, the Original Stroll $10

Main Dance $10
7pm Dance Lesson (free with admission)
8pm Tinglers

DJ Miss Shannon during the band breaks 

The Venue: 
Eagles 34 2507 E 25th St, Mpls 

The Eagles #34 has a large, newly refinished dance floor, free on and off street parking, lots of seating, full bar, dining available until 9pm, and some of the most welcoming dancers and music fans to hang out with.

 

 

To our friends and followers, thank you for supporting live music, and the venues which support live entertainment... it couldn't be a party without you

Visit our Facebook Page for more information

Vintage Dance Series
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Join us Saturday, June 22nd for Vintage Dance Series with an introduction to a rare and also fun vintage dance Heel Shag, an Introduction to Collegiate Shag and the 3rd most popular dance craze of the 20th Century Big Apple

Heel Shag: 12:00 pm-1:15 pm (+15 minute practice session afterwards)
Collegiate Shag:  1:30 pm-2:45 (+15 minute practice session afterwards)
Original Big Apple 2:45 pm-4:00  

$15/class
$40 session

About the Heel-Shag: 
Little is know of the origin of Heel-Shag. Research indicated the dance was done in the 1930s, and nearly forgotten until dance historian Lance Benishek began teaching the dance in the early 1990s. Shannon Butler taught and performed with Lance for over 20 years, she has been dancing and teaching Heel Shag since the mid 1990s. Together Shannon & Bill have taught Heel-Shag, across the US and abroad and have added many steps and shapes to the dance. They are delighted for the opportunity to share this fun, low impact, and versatile dance to the local community.
No partner or pre-requisite needed. $15

Collegiate Shag:
The dynamic swing dance Collegiate Shag reached its peak in the 1930s. It was danced in New York, in the Northern East Coast, and across the Midwest. Shannon's grandparents, both from the Twin Cities area. were Shag dancers. Shannon also trained and taught with Lance Benishek in Collegiate Shag, (and a variety of shag styles, and other vintage dances). Shannon & Bill have taught shag nationally and overseas are are excited to teach this dance in their hometown.
No partner or pre-requisite needed. $15

Big Apple:

The Big Apple was the biggest swing dance craze from 1937-1938. This social dance was done in a circle and the moves were called. Dance historian Lance Benishek researched and documented over 400 calls/moves. Shannon Butler trained and taught with Lance for over 2 decades and is grateful to have been able to train and teach with Original Big Apple  dancer Betty Wood who helped debut the dance on Broadway in the 1930s. This course will cover core moves, flow and putting moves together.

For event information or updates visit our Facebook Event

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Dance Lesson at Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys with Kinda Fonda Wanda

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Join us at the Hook & Ladder for an evening of music and dancing Under the Canopy. We'll start the fun with a dance lesson at 6pm followed by live music with Kinda Fonda Wanda and Rockabilly Hall of Fame band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.

Dance Lesson with Shannon & Bill at 6pm is included with your ticket. 

Tickets on sale now
21+
Rain or shine

For more information, or to purchase tickets visit the Hook & Ladder website

To visit the Facebook Event page click here.

 Miss Shannon's Sock Hop at the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair

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Join us Memorial Day Weekend at Kickoff to Summer at The Fair. Bill & I along with the Miss Shannon's Sock Hop dancers will take you on a family-friendly interactive tour through the golden age of social dancing in the US, beginning with the Ragtime era and continuing through the Rock & Roll era. We'll be dancing in 2 shows on the Christensen Farms Stage on Judson Ave. Show is included in the Kickoff To Summer ticket. 

 

 

 

 


 

Click to visit the Miss Shannon's Sock Hop at Kickoff to Summer at The Fair Facebook event 

​ For more information or to  purchase tickets , click here to visit the Kickoff to Summer at The Fair website. 

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