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 »

2014 Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholars

2014 Beth Mitchell Scholars








(L to R) Kayla Henley (UNCW), Justin Burroughs (Catawba College), Taylor Perkinson (Radford)

2014 NSDC Divisional Winners

<click here for photo of all divisional winners>

Congratulations to the following contestants for winning their division at this year’s finals:
Pro Division = Kristal Taylor & Sam West <click here for Pro finalist photos>
Masters Division = Barbara Kiger & Mike Pace <click here for Masters finalist photos>
Non Pro Division = Krystal Bravo & Cody Edwards <click here for NonPro finalist photos>
Seniors Division = Brenda & Bill Barber <click here for Seniors finalists photos>
Junior I Division = Karlee Martin & Jonathan Kemp <click here for Junior finalist photos>
Junior II Division = Kayla Henley & Jeremy Webb <click here for Junior finalist photos>

Overall 2014 Champions = Kristal Taylor & Sam West

Thank you to all of our contestants for making 2014 a great contest.

Pro Finalists

Pro Finalists

2014 NSDC Sponsors

Bob Kelly, State Farm Insurance


South Atlantic Bank

Kathryn & Eddie Monsour

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Shaggers Hall of Fame

Remax Ocean Forest