Outer Banks Shag Club offering weekly dance lessons

Published 10:58 am Saturday, September 28, 2019

Carolina shag dance lessons will be offered by the Outer Banks Shag Club at their Monday Night Dance Party at Duck Woods Country Club, held weekly September 30 to October 28 at 6 p.m.

Jeff and Sandy Albarty and Tommy and Joan Moore will provide beginners with a solid foundation in the State Dance of North and South Carolina. The lessons last about 30 minutes, followed by practice time and individual help from dance instructors. The lessons are progressive, so begin on September 30 or as soon after as possible.

No pre-registration is necessary. The first night you attend is free, if you wish to continue the lessons there is a $12.50 per person membership fee and a $3 cover charge each night to cover the cost of the disc jockey. Attendees do not have to have a partner to take shag lessons.

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The Carolina Shag was born along the coastline of the south. Atlantic Beach and Myrtle Beach report the dance flourishing after World War II. In the 1980s, a shagging reunion in North Myrtle Beach was organized. Thousands came, an organization developed, shag clubs throughout the country were established and now there are 95 dance clubs from Florida to New Jersey and from the Outer Banks to Nashville, Tenn. The dance is officially a “swing/fast dance” and is easily learned.

The Outer Banks Shag Club has provided shag dancing since 1990. Duck Woods Country Club has been the group’s Monday venue for three years. Dancers may enjoy a full meal, a light entree, only a drink or simply free iced tea or water. During the evening, line dances are played, usually followed by a slow dance. “Shag dancing is a blessing,” opined one of shag’s beloved pro dancers, “it’s for fun.”

The Outer Banks Shag Club is a member of the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs, a non-profit organization for the promotion of shag dance and beach music. For more information, visit https://www.obxshagclub.com.



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