Learn Carolina Shag

Enjoy watching Dancing With The Stars on TV? Then you should attend The National Shag Dance Championships (NSDC) in North Myrtle Beach and experience the excitement of a first class dance competition in person!

The National Shag Dance Championships (NSDC) started “Shagging With The Stars” in 1984, and it is the longest continuously running shag dance contest in the United States! Local “stars” and community leaders are paired with professional shag dancers and given only 12 hours of practice time before competing at NSDC Prelims each January. The contestants are judged 2/3 by shag dance judges and 1/3 by audience applause. Past winners of the NSDC have performed on popular TV shows and at big events including: Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, PGA Annual Banquets, NBA Games, Beach Music Awards, and Harvard University.

The NSDC is the past winner of two “Feather Awards” for best swing dance event in the United States. It established the “Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship” in 1998 to annually assist in the education of a deserving college student who is a current or past contest in the NSDC, or whose family has competed in the NSDC. Scholarship recipients are announced each year at the Finals of the NSDC.

The NSDC is held over two weekends each year with the Preliminaries (Qualifying Round) occurring near the end of January and the Finals in early March. The competition holds several divisions, including professional, open to any person who has danced in a Professional Shag contest before (specifically in the Competitive Shaggers Association). Non-professionals are also open in a second division, where novice, amateur and beginners 21 years of age and older can compete.

The invitational Master’s Division is for females at least 49 years of age and males 50 years of age, but with a total of at least 100 years combined. No amateurs are permitted in this category and one dancer must be a Hall of Fame member. Hall of Fame Dancers judge based on smoothness, togetherness and showmanship.

Although open to adults of all ages, the competition also extends to those 14 years and under in the Junior Division I and to ages 15-20 in the Junior Division II. Those attending college can join the Collegiate Division and represent their school in the competition.

Prelims:

Date: January 29th and 30th, 2016

Time: 8PM sharp both Friday & Saturday (doors open one hour before start time)
Location: The Spanish Galleon at the OD Beach & Golf Resort (end of Main Street in North Myrtle Beach)

General admission is $20 per night with limited $30 per person per night reserved grandstand seating. Tickets are available on a first come basis, and are reserved when the order form and payment is received via check to: NSDC, 5111 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577

Finals:

Dates: March 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2016

Start Times (doors open one hour before start time):

Thursday 8PM

Friday 7:30PM

Saturday 7:30PM

Location: The Spanish Galleon at the OD Beach & Golf Resort (end of Main Street in North Myrtle Beach)

After the prelims, return in March for the big event! General admission is $15 Thurs. / $20 Fri. / $25 Sat. Reserved Grandstand Seating is $100 per person and has only 70 seats available (half are already sold out, so hurry)!

Again, tickets are available on a first come basis, and are reserved when the order form and payment is received via check to: NSDC, 5111 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577.

For more information contact shagnationals@sc.rr.com or call Barry Thigpen at 843-222-6706.

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