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

3 Feb 2010 Latest NSDC News »

News Channel 13 Features NSDC

On Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. and again at 9:00 a.m.

Channel 13 (WBTW) is doing a spot on the Nationals and will have former Shagging with the Stars “Star”, Patsy Kelly and her co-anchor being given a Shag lesson by Overall Champ Jackson Batten and his partner for this lesson, Whitney Brown. Be sure to set your DVR so you don’t miss it!!

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!

2019 Championship Contestants

All contestants are now posted on the “Dancer Info” tab in the order in which they will compete.

We have 57 Couples for the 36th National Shag Dance Championships

  8 – Junior I

13 – Junior II

13 -Non-Pro

  8 – Seniors

  8 – Masters

  8 – Pros

They range from five years of age to into the eighties! Over $17,000 in Cash & Prizes will be awarded on the final night – March 9th at The Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach! A few reserved Grandstand seats are available for the finals ($100 for all three nights). Tickets available for Prelims on both January 25th and 26th – $30 per seat.

2019 Preliminaries

Our Non-Pro contestants have now been posted in the order they will be dancing at Prelims January 25th.  See the full list by clicking on the “Dancer Info” tab above.  Prelims is also when we raise money for the Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship by hosting our “Shagging with the Stars” competition featuring lots of great local celebrities.

NSDC Trophies

The crystal NSDC winner’s trophy size will change for the winners of each division this coming year (2019). One large size has been presented to the winning couple each year. If the couple was not married, they had to share or buy an additional one. The thought first occurred to do it for the Overall Juniors, but we will now do it for all divisions – Pro, Non-Pro, Masters, Seniors and Overall Juniors.

Now the winning couple will each receive a trophy (two inches shorter in height and one inch shorter in width/depth) – 3” X 6” X 3”

The champions will not have to buy an extra one!

Congratulations to Our 2018 Champions

Please join us in congratulating our 2018 National Shag Dance Championship Winners:

Pro & Overall = Brennar Goree & Autumn Jones

Masters = Charlie Womble & Jackie McGee

Seniors = Jay Rollins & Tobitha Stewart

Junior 2 = Jackson Batten & Mary Elizabeth Jacobs

Junior 1 & Overall Junior = Mac West & Trinity Davis

Non-Pro = Nick Weaver & Taylor Shirley

Support the Beth Mitchell Scholarship

This Wood Duck drake decoy was hand-carved by Iraqi Army vet, and shag dancer Matthew Floyd. It will be auctioned for the Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship at the upcoming National Shag Dance Championships Prelims on January 27th. Bidding will begin at $200.00 for this over $400.00 value workmanship of art. Thanks for your support of the scholarship Matthew!





.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.

2018 NSDC Sponsors

WBTW News 13

National Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame

Donna & Rusty Hosaflook

Camille & Bruce Morgan

Vicki & Ralph Tedesco

Angela & Chris Jestes

Gretchen & Richard Abney

Shaggers Hall of Fame

Remax Ocean Forest