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 »

Congratulations to our Collegiate & SWTS Winners

Shagging With the Stars Winners

Female = Dr. Virginia Williams

Male = Cameron Parker

Collegiate Winners

Appalachian State University = Alyson Graham & Hugh Tillett

Advertising Space for NSDC Program Now Available

2015 Ad Sheet

NSDC Welcomes A New Major Sponsor

Becoming a major sponsor of the National Shag Dance Championships in 2015 will be Donna and Rusty Hosaflook. They are now the sponsors of the Non-Pro Division. They are competitive professional dancers having danced and placed at the Nationals. They were on the 2007 National Shag Dance Championships Dance Team when the team won first place in the team division in New York City.

They join Kathryn and Eddie Monsour, Camille and Bruce Morgan, The Shaggers Hall of Fame, South Atlantic Bank, State Farm Insurance – Bobby Kelly, WMBF News and RE/MAX Ocean Forest.

The first event of their sponsorship is the 32nd Annual Preliminary Event on January 30th and 31stat The Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach. This weekend will also feature the 9th “Shagging with the Stars” and 5th “Nationals Collegiate Championship”. Welcome Donna and Rusty and thank you for your support!

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

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Kathryn & Eddie Monsour

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Shaggers Hall of Fame

Remax Ocean Forest