The following information was excerpted from the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Chapter 1, Article 9, Section 1-1-665.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTION 1-1-665. Official State dance.
The shag is the official dance of the State.
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Learn to Dance Carolina Shag Volume 1, with Ricky Ward and Christina Woodruff. DVD. Publisher: The Dance Store, LLC. 80 minutes. The Carolina Shag is the perfect dance for beach music, oldies, and rhythm and blues. It's easy to learn and can be danced in a variety of social settings, including ballrooms, nightclubs, parties, wedding receptions, and vacation cruises.
In this video we start at the very beginning, the very first step. Although this video is suitable for the complete beginner, it has enough material to carry you to an advanced level. In fact, you will be ready to begin competing in shag dance contests if you learn all the patterns and techniques in this video. The instructors, Ricky and Christina, are top shag dance competitors. With twice the content of most instructional videos, this video shows a truckload of figures for social dancing or for competition. This video is the best value for the money that we offer for shag. This video contains all of the most popular and most essential shag dance figures. Mainly developed in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Carolina shag is the official state dance of South Carolina. The Carolina shag is a slotted swing dance similar in many ways to west coast swing and jitterbug. The shag derives from the jitterbug and the Lindy hop, which date to the 1920’s.
Learn to Dance Carolina Shag Volume 2, Intermediate – Advanced, with Ricky Ward and Christina Woodruff. DVD. Publisher: The Dance Store, LLC. 73 minutes. If you know the basics of the Carolina Shag, then you are ready for this video. This is a great companion video to our Carolina Shag Volume 1 video. Together they create a great foundation and they capture the most popular and essential figures in the Carolina Shag. The video begins with variations on common moves, and then it progresses to cover the most popular and essential intermediate and advanced figures of Carolina Shag. A free slow tempo music track is included at the end to allow you to practice your steps. Twenty-eight figures are shown. A key feature of the video is a section on how to recognize and avoid common problems. Another section discusses tips and strategies for competitors.
Learn to Dance Carolina Shag Volume 3, Intermediate - Advanced, with Ricky Ward and Amanda Tedesc. DVD. Publisher: The Dance Store, LLC. 62 minutes. If you know the basics of the Carolina Shag, then you are ready for this video. This is a great companion video to our Carolina Shag Volume 1 and Carolina Shag Volume 2 videos. The video begins with variations on common moves, and then it progresses to cover the most popular and essential intermediate and advanced figures of Carolina Shag. A free slow tempo music track is included at the end to allow you to practice your steps. See our special three-video deal below! Together these three videos create a great a great reference library of the most important and popular shag figures. Ricky Ward and Amanda Tedesco were the 2004 USA Grand Nationals champions in their division.
Shagging in the Carolinas, by 'Fessa John Hook. 128 pages. Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; 1 edition (June 19, 2006) Shagging in the Carolinas is a history of dance, romance, and the New South. The Shag defied social conventions as carefree white teenagers were inspired by the possibilities inherent in improvisational black dance and music. This is the story of how Southern society's emerging middle class embraced its multicultural roots while its political leaders continued to debate and deny the outcome of the Civil War. These are the unique people and circumstances that nurtured the evolution of Shag and Beach Music at places like the “jump joints” of Carolina Beach, the inland lake retreats, and the pavilions of Ocean Drive, Atlantic, Folly, Wrightsville, and Tybee beaches. With lively music and dancers, the Shag was popular at famous dance clubs, teen canteens, and armories. Venues such as the Coachman and IV, the Cellar, the Bushes, the Embers Clubs, and the Beach Club at Myrtle Beach are captured within these pages. The early pioneers and iconoclasts of dancing brought about a cultural revolution, embodied today by the many societies, competitions, and innumerable entertainers and bands that continue the Beach Music tradition.
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