The 33rd annual National Shag Dance Championships kicks off in North Myrtle Beach SC on Thursday, March 10.
You are invited to watch the ‘National Dance of South Carolina’ in ‘the home of the shag dance.’
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The competition will be held at the Spanish Galleon and feature competitors ranging in ages 7 to 83.
There will be 51 couples competing, hoping to make it Saturday night’s finals.
Thursday’s competition begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $15, Friday’s is at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20, and Saturday night’s finals begin at 6:30 with admission $25.
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WHAT IS THE SHAG?
If you are not from South Carolina, you may not be familiar with the shag dance. In fact, shagging has a completely different meaning, but we won’t go any farther into that. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just watch the movie ‘Austin Powers.’
The Shag was named the South Carolina state dance in 1984. It is a six-count dance that usually done to beach music. Be sure to watch the video of the dance above.
No one is sure of the exact origin of the dance, but it begin in the mid-1940s. Some believe it started around Virginia Beach and traveled south, making North Myrtle Beach its home.
Shagging rose to popularity in the 1950s when teens would do the dance at the Pavilion in Myrtle Beach and at the dance clubs in North Myrtle Beach.
The shag is still alive and well today, with dance clubs along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach that not only are a favorite with shaggers, but also offer lessons. Popular shag clubs include Fat Harold’s Beach Club, OD Arcade & Lounge and Duck’s Beach Club.