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 »

New 2017 Prelims Event – Ladies HOF

Our ladies 60’s Hall of Famers Mixed Doubles kicks off Saturday night on January 28th. These ladies shagged in O.D. Beach and beaches north and south in the sixties. They will select their own record and their partner will be drawn (the mystery partners do not even know they will be their partners). Imagine these Hall of Fame Legends all in the same contest – Judy Duke, Mott Free, Janet Harold, Betty Kane, Babs McIntosh, Jeanie Pack and Ellen Taylor. These ladies do not compete often. What is wrong with you guys? Now we can see them do their sophisticated and smooth shag on the big night!

2017 Shagging with the Stars

The 2017 Shagging with the Stars and Pro Instructors met recently at the Flamingo Grill in Myrtle Beach.  They will compete on Friday, January 29th at the Spanish Galleon.  Proceeds to benefit the Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Group Photo (L to R):  M.J. Schwartz, Kim Chance, Lauren Benton, Jeff Hargett, Donna Hosaflook, Ryan Earnest, Holly McMillan, Jackson Batten, Rev. Jason Lee, Pat Folds, Scott Campbell, Renee Elvis, Mark Porter, Renee Scott, Sara Dee Timmerman, Rusty Hosaflook

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2017 NSDC Sponsors
Pro Finalists

South Atlantic Bank

WBTW News 13

Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Vicki & Ralph Tedesco

Angela & Chris Jestes

Shaggers Hall of Fame

Remax Ocean Forest