Meet Your Instructors

Welcome, for over 10 years Rick & Suzanne Burchfiel have taught shag dance lessons to students of all ages in North Carolina.


Our dog named 'Shag'

Our love of the "Dance of the Carolina's" has inspired us to share this our extensive knowledge with others. We are current members of the Competitive Shag Association (C.S.A.) , supporters of the Shag Preservation Association (S.P.A.) and the Society of Stranders (S.O.S.)

 

 

Shag Dance History

Shag Dance was born along the Carolina coast in the 1940's at ocean front pavillions. It migrated inland to the country clubs and cotton crossroads.

For Years Shagging was done at sock hops, fraternity dances and debutante parties. For a few decades Shag was a part of the Southern lifestyle until 1954, when Hurricane Hazel hit the coast. It's popularity fell until it returned in the 1970's as a competetive dance.

You don't have to compete to enjoy Shag dancing. Further strengthened by the Cociety of Stranders (S.O.S.) was formed.

A reunion of past Shaggers occurred on Ocean Drive, S.C. with thousands attending. Today, it continues at North Myrtle Beach in April and September, with over 10,000 dancers participating!

There are numerous clubs to Shag dance such as Fat Harolds, Ducks, Pirates Cove, The Spanish Gallion, The Pavillion and many others all within walking distance.