Carolina shag dance lessons offered at Duck Woods Country Club

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Carolina Shag dance lessons will be offered by the Outer Banks Shag Club at their Monday Night Dance Party at Duck Woods Country Club, February 3 to March 2 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 participants are encouraged to begin on February 3 or as soon after as possible. No pre-registration is necessary. The first night of attendance is free. For those who wish to continue, there is a $25 per person membership fee and a $3 cover charge for each night attended to cover the cost of the disc jockey. You do not have to have a partner to take shag lessons.

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 call was put out for shag dancers to gather along the strand in North Myrtle Beach for a shagging reunion. 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.

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The Outer Banks Shag Club has provided shag dancing since 1990. Duck Woods Country Club has been their Monday venue for three years. Dancers may enjoy a full meal, a light entree, only a drink or simply free ice 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.” These beginner dance lessons are an invitation to become part of the rich culture of coastal Carolina.

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



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