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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 350-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

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
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

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

Shag Lessons 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

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 350-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.