One-And-Two, Three-And-Four, Five, Six: The six
beats of the shag — the
first three of the women’s
part shown above — make
up the smooth, laid-back
moves of the Carolina
A Bit of Beach in the Queen City
Shagging is not a city thing. It’s a dance you expect pulled the beginners aside and taught them the basic
to see at an open-air beach party on the Carolina steps.
coast. However, June 22 marked the day that the Shag The Shag, a type of swing dance, started in North
came to Carolina alumni in Charlotte — and by all Myrtle Beach in the late ’40s, combining nimble foot-accounts, you should have been there. work with beach music. The bands aren’t just for baby
“The first Carolina Shag Night was a hit,” said boomers; they are also enjoyed by twentysomethings
Parker Melvin ’06, the man in charge of the evening. and college students, many of whom have parents who
AND TWO… The Charlotte were first-generation shaggers.
Carolina Club hosted “We want to continue to be fresh, so we’re always
the event downtown looking for new event ideas,” said club leader Bill
at the Morehead Warren ’ 99, who plans to partner with the band and
Street Tavern and tavern for another go-around. “Shag is ageless; it allows
hired the Big Boppers our club to host yet another event that crosses the wide
band to keep the age demographics of our local Charlotte alumni.”
crowd moving. This past spring, the popular Shag band Chairmen
“It was great fun of the Board played hit songs such as Carolina Girl and
dancing with Tar Give Me Just a Little More Time at the “Senior Shag,” a
Heels of all ages,” said Leigha Blackwell ’06. “There were two-day concert held by the Class of ’07. In fact, it was
tables set up for mingling and a relatively large dance a young alumnus who suggested the idea for the club’s
floor for learning new moves and dancing with old Shag night.
friends.” “Alumni came from all parts of Charlotte to relive
Blackwell, a native Carolinian who has been shagging the great tradition,” Melvin said. “All we needed was a
since age 3, observed that different people took turns little sand.” ■
teaching line dances, and several of the veteran shaggers
— Daniel David ’07
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