Dancing to the moon and back - "The Shag" in South Carolina
The Carolina Shag - The South Carolina State dance
"The Shag' is a partner dance done primarily to Beach Music. It is a dance recognized in national and international dance competitions held across the United States.
A 1989 motion picture, “Shag,” starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates and Tyrone Power Jr. and filmed largely at Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, S.C., enshrined the dance as a phenomenon of beach culture. The 1980s saw the formation of S.O.S. (Society of Stranders), a shag preservation society at Myrtle Beach. A number of annual events and contests followed, including the Grand Nationals in Atlanta and the Spring Safari and the Fall Migration in Myrtle Beach.
The dance has undergone periodic revivals and rediscoveries and so, to this day, "shagging" is widely popular and there are dancing events in numerous venues throughout the Greater Charleston area. Choreographers describe the classic shag as a slotted swing dance (the couples move forward and back in a set territory or “slot”). Considerable footwork and improvisation especially for the men, is involved. The shag is sometimes described as a “rooster” dance in that the man generally takes the center of attention, showing off his best moves.
Well, and so I hope to introduce you to this fun time dance while searching for a home to buy or to lease in our area. I am sure you will enjoy the journey.
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