Guide to Shag Dance in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is easily the heart of the shag dance world and with the National Shag Dance Championships over, there is still a lot of excitement in the air.

On March 8th, 9th, and 10th of this year the finals were held and professional dance team Sam West and Jessica Mcalhany took home not only first place in their division, but were the overall winners with their fancy footwork.

Shag dancing is a form of swing dancing that is immensely popular in its native state, South Carolina. Purists will recognize this type of dancing as Carolina Shag, which is a direct evolution of the big band jazz, jitterbug, and jump blues eras. Beach music is generally played to it, so fans of Good Vibrations! at the Carolina Opry may want to take a closer look.

Although the biggest competition of the year is over, there are still plenty of officially sanctioned shag dates throughout the year. These are only competitions within Myrtle Beach that a traveler might want to attend, nearby hotels are the Ocean Forest Plaza Beachfront, Sands Ocean Club Resort Beachfront, and the Sleep Inn at Harbor View

April 20-29: SOS Spring Safari
July 6-7: Fat Harold's 4th of July
August 24-25: Fat Harold's Labor Day

Special Events
Throughout the year, Myrtle Beach is known for having special dates set aside for shag, here's a brief overview. As you can see, shag dancing is taken very seriously throughout the area, and fans throughout the nation will enjoy taking in shows like Medieval Times, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, and more after a shag competition.

March 16-17: Shag Attack
April 20-29: SOS Spring Safari (conveniently a shag competition as well)
May 16-17: Fat Harold's Living Legends
October 12-13: Shagger's Hall of Fame Induction
November 9-10: Cammy Awards

Good Vibrations! at The Carolina Opry
Best variety show on the beach. The male tap dancers were my favorite. Cheech and chong were hysterical. Many of the entertainers sounded like the original artists and the comedy part was great. They let you take pictures in there as well. We loved it. Cheech and chong rode onto the stage in an old car and got out along with a cloud of smoke. It was just great.
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-- Carol Mitchell - Seabrook, NH
The Carolina Opry
Friendliest group of people you will meet at the beach, the staff is amazing! A very good show to go see. Fun for all ages! Something for everyone and not just country music. Christmas show is beautiful!
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-- Krystle Kitchen - Ivor, VA
Good Vibrations! at The Carolina Opry
We really enjoyed this show. Carolina opry is one of our favorites any time of of the year. This show was so neat and hearing all of the tunes from my teenage years was awesome!
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-- S. Berry - N. Augusta, SC
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