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 nationalshag@gmail.com or by calling Barry Thigpen at 843-222-6706

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Mark Your Calendars for March12-15 to Come Support These Dancers!

(All Dance on Saturday Night this order)

Pro Division

  1. Krystal Bravo & Nicholas Weaver
  2. Mandy Holt & Jeremy Webb
  3. Sydney West & Sam West
  4. Lani Greene & William Greene

JUNIOR I DIVISION (Top Four Dance on Saturday Night)

  1. Ava Farlow & Bennett Rusmisell
  2. Graylen Kirby & Easton Brown
  3. Maci Walters & Zane Morgan
  4. Genesis Beam & Chase Collins
  5. Brooke Farrior & Billy West
  6. Gracie Pandure & Tucker Brown
  7. Capri Laughlin & Connor Sanders

JUNIOR II DIVISION (Top Five Dance on Saturday Night)

  1. Kaylee Bravo & Trey Henley
  2. Lizzie Batten & Jackson Batten
  3. Lauren Cookman & Maxwell Rusmisell
  4. Brianna Taylor & Conrad Haas
  5. Ivy Claire Huiet & Jonathan Kemp
  6. Trinity Davis & Mack West
  7. Hannah Surface & J.P. Stephenson
  8. Meredith Padgett & Carter Sellers

SENIORS DIVISION (Top Four Dance on Saturday Night)

  1. #1  Libba Duncan & Larry Duncan
  2. #2  Barbara Banks & Bruce Yates
  3. #3  Patricia Joyce & Archer Joyce
  4. #4  Kim Renn & Brian Renn
  5. #5  Dale Hern & Jim Hern
  6. #6  Donna Hosaflook & Rusty Hosaflook
  7. #7  Sheila Blazer & Bill Blazer
  8. #8  Renee Scott & Gene Pope

MASTERS DIVISION (All Dance on Saturday Night – Reverse Order)

  1. Linda Reese & Charlie Reese
  2. Brenda Barber & Bill Barber
  3. Pat Folds & Jesse Bradshaw
  4. Cameron Caruso & James Parker
  5. Jane Jacobs & Craig Guy
  6. Loretta McIntosh & Tony Brown

NON-PRO DIVISION (Top Three Dance on Saturday Night)

  1. Becky Doran & Gary Doran
  2. Lynn Stocker & Tony Hiott
  3. Dottie Dean & Pat Hayes
  4. Robbie Brunson & Tommy Manibusan
  5. Merinda Swaim & Jason Swaim
  6. Jewel Pradier & Tae Bowden
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This promises to be a great event! COME ON OUT & ENJOY THE DANCE!

28 Dec 2019 Uncategorized »

Deadline for applications to dance in the 2020 Nationals has been extended to January 2 for the following categories:


Junior 1

Junior 2


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3 Feb 2010 Latest NSDC News »

2019 Champions

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Division Winners listed below and to our overall 2019 Champions Mary Elizabeth Jacobs and Jackson Batten

  • Non-Pro Winners = Kelly Floyd & Garrett Spencer
  • Junior I Winners = Gracie Pandure & Tucker Brown
  • Junior II Winners = Mary Elizabeth Jacobs & Jackson Batten
  • Seniors Winners = Dana Barton & Rod Hager
  • Masters Winners = Tom Bare & Sydney Kale Rhame
  • Professional Winners = Sydney West & Sam West

2019 SWTS Winners

Thank you to all of our Shagging With the Stars contestants who helped us raise money for the Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship.  This year’s winners of the fun charity event were Carla Schuessler and Dr. Jason Bell.  We appreciate all of your support!

Rule Change for 2018 Contest

The Executive Committee of the NSDC has a new rule. Effective for the 2018 SHAG NATIONALS competition.

Any Overall Junior Champion must enter the Professional Division once they are 21 years of age (or aged out of the Junior II Division). They now must bypass the Non-Pro Division and go straight to the Pro Division.  We know we may hear that if the rule was changed earlier some runner-ups would have been champions, but feel now is the right time to make this change to encourage more Non-Pro dancers.

The Non-Pro Division was established as a step-up division for beginners, amateurs and novice dancers. Winning the Junior Overall is a much different level of dance ability. In fact, in the past some Overall Junior champions chose to skip the Non- Pro – Michael and Leann Norris, Brenner Goree, and Autumn Jones.

We hope this will sincerely add more dancers to the Non-Pro Division and look forward to the Preliminaries on January 26-27, 2018 and the Finals on March 8-10, 2018 – the 35th Nationals.

2020 NSDC Sponsors

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National Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Vicki & Ralph Tedesco

Angela & Chris Jestes

Gretchen & Richard Abney

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