Shag Dancing Competitions and Festivals on the Grand Strand

National Shag Dance Championship

Of course the national competition is in Myrtle Beach, so maybe "home of shag" or even "birthplace of shag" would not be exactly the precise terminology. What about "headquarters" or "capital," designations that would likely go undisputed?

Since 1984, NSDC has held its preliminaries over two weekends in late January, when it narrows the field down for the finals in March. A couple years ago, NSDC started "Shagging with the Stars," an event that pairs local celebrities with shag professionals and allows them exactly 12 hours of practice before stepping out in front of the judges during the late January event. Audience applause is part of the overall rating system, so that celebrities who are really popular might compensate for lack of practice or talent.

South Carolina Barbecue and Shag Festival

Hemingway is a few miles inland but it refuses to be left out of the beach scene. It dares to call itself the Barbecue Capital of the World, another open invitation for heated controversy if not fisticuffs. The little town holds its big festival in April with live bands and shagging late into the night. It's also a major cook-off and serves up the usual festival stuff – vendors, rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, a beauty pageant, a car show – and a few interesting quirks such as a cat show and a Civil War reenactment.

OD Pavilion

Lots of special events are loaded on top of a slate of permanent attractions such as an arcade, grill and amusement park. This means the whole deal: a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, pinball and cotton candy. One of the special shag events is the annual pot luck in October to honor the new Hall of Fame inductees. It's oceanfront and it's "on the horseshoe" at 91 South Ocean Blvd., (843) 238-3787.

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