Fabulous Carolina Shag Dancing Where it was Invented – On the Beach

We do quite a few posts of Carolina shag dancing because everyone likes it so much. But here’s the first one we’ve posted that shows a couple shag dancing on the beach, where shag originally came from. I think you’re gonna like it!

The Carolina Shag originated on the beaches of South Carolina between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington in the mid-1940’s. The basic step is a six-count, eight-step pattern danced in a slot. The rhythm is similar to a six-count Swing, meaning it is a triple step, triple step, rock step or counted as “one-and-two, three-and-four, five-six”.  It’s a two person male-led dance.

This video was the picture perfect shag dance: “It was summer,” publisher Nick Weaver said. “The beach had cleared after a thunderstorm, and a perfect moment was about to unfold on the sand in front of the Ocean Dive Pavillion in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”

The “picture perfect moment” was with well-known dancers River Harmon and Karlee Martin, who compete on the shag dancing circuit. This was Karlee’s “aging out” dance, which was symbolically her last dance before moving up from the junior competition level to the adult level.

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