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 »

2016 Program Ad Space Available – Reserve Now





NSDC Welcomes Two New Sponsors for 2016

The Nationals welcome two new corporate sponsors – Vicki and Ralph Tedesco (Junior I Division) and Angela and Chris Jestes (Junior II Division). These sponsorships were formerly done in grand style by Kathryn and Eddie Monsour for nine years. Continuing corporate sponsors are Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame (Masters), Donna and Rusty Hosaflook (Non-Pro), Camille and Bruce Morgan (Professional Division), South Atlantic Bank (Seniors Division), State Farm Insurance – Bobby Kelly and RE/MAX Ocean Forest.

Reserved Grandstand Seating for 2016 Now Available

Click Here for Grandstand Seating Reservation Form

Only 70 seats available!

Congratulations to 2015 NSDC Divisional Winners

Congratulations to the following contestants for winning their division at this year’s finals:
Pro Division = Autumn Jones & Brennar Goree

Masters Division = Loretta McIntosh & James Parker

Non Pro Division = Jada Bannen & Steve Balok

Seniors Division = Brenda & Bill Barber







Junior I Division = Ivy Huiet & Bradley Kemp

Junior II Division = Chase Forrester & Kyler Byrum







Overall 2015 Champions = Autumn Jones & Brennar Goree

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

Pro Finalists

Pro Finalists

2016 NSDC Sponsors

South Atlantic Bank

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Kathryn & Eddie Monsour

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Shaggers Hall of Fame

Remax Ocean Forest