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 NSDC Division Winners

Pro – Sam West & Kristal Taylor Davis

Masters – Montine & Connie Bridges

Senior – Gene & Nancy Pope

Non-Pro – Jeremy Webb & Kalin Ellis

Junior II – Jackson Batten & Karlee Martin

Junior I – Trey Henley & Lizzie Batten

Overall Winners – Sam West & Kristal Taylor Davis







2016 Divisional winners photo L to R – Presenter – Tommy Moore – This year’s “Shagging with the Stars” winner; Gene and Nancy Pope – Senior Division; Trey Henley and Lizzie Batten, patient Junior I Division; Jackson Batten and Karlee Martin, Junior II Division; Sam West and Kristal Taylor Davis, Professional Division and Overall Winners and Kalin Ellis and Jeremy Webb, No-Professional Division.







Returning to the Nationals after 25 years, Montine and Connie Bridges won the Masters Division in their first Nationals Masters competition!


Congratulations 2016 Shagging With the Stars & Collegiate Winners

Female – Jessica Smith of Horry Georgetown Tech Foundation

Male – Tommy Moore of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department

Collegiate – Appalachian State University

2016 NSDC Cover Artist – Steve Balok


These very limited edition prints will go quickly and before the Preliminaries. Only twenty are printed and numbered. Ten are framed. Ten are not, but we can get It framed for you. the size framed as shown are 25” x 30.5” with three different colored mats to select from. The prices are $115.00 each framed and $60.00 not framed. E-mail me to save one at shagnationals@sc.rr.com. Then make checks to Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship fund (a 501-C3), state color of mat or unframed and send the check to N.S.D.C., 5111 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. You will be able to pick it up at the Prelims in January. We are also selling the “Studebakers” 25th National Contest print (32.5” x 18”)by artist and shagger Bill Young for $90.00 (unframed $40.00). All profits from these prints go to the Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship to be awarded in March at the Finals.

2016 Program Ad Space Available – Reserve Now




NSDC AD FORMNSDC AD FORM2016 Masters Division

Eight Masters couples have answered the call to an early deadline for the 2016 Masters Division. At least one of the dancers must be a Beach Shaggers National Hall of Famer. All sixteen of these dancers have previously danced in the Nationals, seven in the Masters Division and nine in other divisions. This is the largest group in years and the top four finishers will receive $2,200.00 in cash prizes plus trophies. All judges for this division and the sponsor of this group is the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame.

1.) Pat Folds / Mike Formy-Duval

2.) Barbara and Jack Rickard

3.) Susie Beaver / Roger Woodson

4.) Maureen and Rick Little

5.) Loretta McIntosh / James A. Parker

6.) Montine and Connie Bridges

7.) Mott Free / Joe Hunnicutt

8.) Jane Jacobs / Milton Nowell

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