Welcome to the National Shag Dance Championships ("NSDC")

The NSDC started in Myrtle Beach in 1984 and is the longest continuously running shag dance contest in the United States. Past winners of the NSDC have performed on countless TV shows and events including: Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, PGA Annual Banquets, NBA Games, Beach Music Awards, and Harvard University.

The NSDC is the past winner of two "Feather Awards" for best swing dance event in the United States.

In addition to hosting the annual contest, the NSDC established the "Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship" in 1998 to annually assist in the education of a deserving college student who is a current or past contest in the NSDC, or whose family has competed in the NSDC. The scholarship foundation is classified as a 501c3 for tax deductions. Scholarship recipients are announced each year at the Finals of the NSDC.

The NSDC is held over two weekends each year with the Preliminaries (Qualifying Round) occurring near the end of January and the Finals in early March. If you enjoy watching dance shows on TV, then you should attend the NSDC and experience the excitement of a first class dance competition in person.

Click on the links above for more information on the contest (including dates, time, tickets, rules, etc.) as well as information on the Beth Mitchell Scholarship, past NSDC winners, and more. Or you can contact us at shagnationals@sc.rr.com or by calling Barry Thigpen at 843-222-6706

3 Feb 2010 Latest NSDC News »

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Rule Change for 2018 Contest

The Executive Committee of the NSDC has a new rule. Effective for the 2018 SHAG NATIONALS competition.

Any Overall Junior Champion must enter the Professional Division once they are 21 years of age (or aged out of the Junior II Division). They now must bypass the Non-Pro Division and go straight to the Pro Division.  We know we may hear that if the rule was changed earlier some runner-ups would have been champions, but feel now is the right time to make this change to encourage more Non-Pro dancers.

The Non-Pro Division was established as a step-up division for beginners, amateurs and novice dancers. Winning the Junior Overall is a much different level of dance ability. In fact, in the past some Overall Junior champions chose to skip the Non- Pro – Michael and Leann Norris, Brenner Goree, and Autumn Jones.

We hope this will sincerely add more dancers to the Non-Pro Division and look forward to the Preliminaries on January 26-27, 2018 and the Finals on March 8-10, 2018 – the 35th Nationals.

2018 NSDC Sponsors
Pro Finalists

South Atlantic Bank

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National Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Vicki & Ralph Tedesco

Angela & Chris Jestes

Gretchen & Richard Abney

Shaggers Hall of Fame

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