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Love to Dance the Shag? Here’s Where to Go

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
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Learn how to Shag where it all started - in the Palmetto State.

Folks who love to shag - South Carolina's official dance and the summer's favorite recreation - usually head to North Myrtle Beach, the Shag Capital of the World. But you can find more than 30 membership clubs and at least 50 venues across South Carolina to "cut a rug" with like-minded aficionados. Don't know how to shag, but would love to learn? Instructors are ready to teach you how to step and twirl to beach music. Here's a rundown of popular shag spots to get you started:

Beaver Bar

3534 US 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet: 843.357.6353


Blue Coyote Grill

10708 Broad River Road, Irmo; 803.781.4606


Circle Fountain

520 Gregg Ave., Florence; 843.665.9722


Duck's Beach Club

231 Main St., North Myrtle Beach; 843.663.3856


Fat Harold's Beach Club

212 Main St., North Myrtle Beach; 843.249.5779


The OD Beach and Golf Resort (Spanish Galleon, Beach Club, HOTO's)

98 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach; 843.249.1436; 843.249.8942; 843.249.6460


The OD Pavilion

1171 Celebrity Circle, North Myrtle Beach; 843.839.0303


The Woody

808 Lady St., Columbia; 803.779.9663;


Big Shag Events

January

Mid-Winter Break at Duck's, Fat Harold's, Pirate's Cove, OD Arcade and OD Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach

March

Capital City Shag Extravaganza at the Embassy Suites Greystone in Columbia

April

SOS Spring Safari and SOS Parade at Duck's, Fat Harold's, Pirate's Cove, OD Arcade and OD Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach

May

Living Legends Weekend at Fat Harold's in North Myrtle Beach

June

Southern Comfort Park & Party hosted by the Palmetto Shag Club at Double Tree by Hilton in Columbia; call 803.609.8170 or email Susan.Martin956@gmail.com

July

Sparkle City Celebration at the Marriott at Renaissance Park in Spartanburg; call 864.580.0156 or email BeachFever@bellsouth.net

August

Sonny's Pavilion Reunion at OD Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach

Meet Me in the Middle Sand Flea Reunion at The Hilton Greenville;

Cool Me Out at Circle Fountain in Florence

September

SOS Fall Migration, Fun Monday and Fun Sunday at Duck's, Fat Harold's, Pirate's Cove, OD Arcade and OD Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach

October

Shag Attack Induction Party at OD Cafe in North Myrtle Beach

Best Shag Instruction

Bill and Brenda Barber at Big Beaver Bar, Murrells Inlet; 843.902.1594; BillAndBrenda@sc.rr.com

Charlie and Jackie Womble Workshops at 802 Bellamy Road, North Myrtle Beach; 843.251.1082

Garrett Humphries at Lexington Leisure Center, Lexington; 803.957.7979

Judy Duke Workshops at Fat Harold's, North Myrtle Beach; 843.249.8482 or 843.222.4475;For the most up-to-date information on shag events, check these websites:

Shag Connection: info.shagconnection@gmail.com

Shag Tour

Society of Stranders (SOS)

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.