Dancer Info, Rules & Entry Forms

PDF Forms (Entry Form, Song List, & Advertising)

Click on the following links to view PDF files with contestant entry forms, NSDC music preservation list, and NSDC program advertising form.

**Deadline for All Division applications (except Masters) is December 28th, 2016.

***Deadline for Masters Division applications is November 30, 2016 

NSDC Professional Application

NSDC Senior Application

NSDC Non Pro Application

NSDC Junior I_II Application

NSDC Masters Application


2016 Ad Sheet

2015 Beth Mitchell Scholarship Application




Any person who has danced in a Professional Shag contest, specifically in the Competitive Shaggers Association. Masters and Seniors can enter this division. Must be 21!


No professional competitors! Novice, amateur and beginners who are 21 years of age and older and have never danced in any professional Shag contest!

MASTERS DIVISION (Invitational):

The female must be at least 49 years of age and the male 50 years of age, but with a total of at least 100 years combined. These ages must be reached by the last night of the finals in March. No novices or amateurs in this category. One dancer must be a Hall of Fame member. They will be judged by Hall of Fame Dancers. Judged on smoothness, togetherness and showmanship.


The female must be at least 49 years of age and the male must be at least 50 years of age by the last day of finals. Only pro dancers are eligible in this division.


14 years and under!


15-20 years of age!


Must be attending the college you are representing as of the date of the contest & must have never competed in a sanctioned shag contest

*All age requirements by the last night of the finals in March.



Categories (except Masters):

Smoothness – Degree of Difficulty – Togetherness – Execution – Repertoire

Masters Categories:

Smoothness – Togetherness – Style – Showmanship


Music Preservation List

(**Only one couple can use each record – an asterisk denotes that the record has already been claimed by a couple for their dance.  It will be updated monthly through December and weekly starting in January**):

1.)           A Little Bit Of Soap / The Jarmels

2.)           I Ain’t Getting Caught / The Five Royales

3.)           Annie Had A Baby / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

4.)           At Last / Tony Martin

5.)           Baby Workout / Jackie Wilson <RESERVED FOR 2016>

6.)           Be Fair / The Pipes

7.)           Beg And Steal / Strangers

8.)           Blue Moon / Nat King Cole <RESERVED FOR 2016>

9.)           Boat Dock / Ray Sharpe <RESERVED FOR 2016>

10.)       Boogie Woogie King / Jimmy Liggins <RESERVED FOR 2016>

11.)       Boot Em Up / Du Droppers

12.)       Bring The Money Home / The Orioles <RESERVED FOR 2016>

13.)       Broken Hart / The Fiestas

14.)       Bump On A Log / Lula Reed

15.)       Canadian Sunset / Mills Brothers

16.)       Chicken Shack Boogie / Amos Milburn

17.)       Chonnie-On Chon / James Brown

18.)       Club Savoy / Rockin Louie and the Mamma <RESERVED FOR 2016>

19.)       Come Back My Love / The Wrenns

20.)       Come Go With Me / The Federals

21.)       Could It Be You / The Four Tops

22.)       Count Me Out / Billy Stewart

23.)       Corrina Corrina / Big Joe Turner

24.)       Crazy, Crazy, Crazy / The Five Royals

25.)       Crazy Mixed Up World / Little Walter

26.)       Cry To Me / Solomon Burke <RESERVED FOR 2016>

27.)       Dear Lover / Mary Wells

28.)       Didn’t I Tell You / Tommy Hunt

29.)       Dollar Down / Louis Jordan

30.)       Don’t Be Angry / Nappy Brown

31.)       Don’t Cry On My Shoulder / Sam Cooke

32.)       Don’t Leave Me Fannie / Royal Jokers <RESERVED FOR 2016>

33.)       Don’t You Lie To Me / B.B. King <RESERVED FOR 2016>

34.)       Donut And A Dream / Mills Brothers <RESERVED FOR 2016>

35.)       Double Crossin Baby / The Robins

36.)       Dream / Five Keys

37.)       Drinkin’ Wine (Spodee Odee) / Larry Dale

38.)       Drip Drop / Drifters

39.)       Drive Daddy Drive / Little Sylvia <RESERVED FOR 2016>

40.)       Drive It Home / Clovers

41.)       Exactly Like You / Aretha Franklin

42.)       Fare Thee Well / Hollywood Flames

43.)       Favor For A Girl With A Lovesick Heart / Brenda Halloway

44.)       Feel So Good / Shirley and Lee

45.)       Flaming Love / The Gardenias

46.)       Flamingo / Earl Bostic

47.)       Fine Brown Frame / Lou Rawls and Diane Reeves

48.)       Finger Poppin’ Time / Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

49.)       Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours (5-10-15) / Ruth Brown

50.)       Fools Rush In / Etta James

51.)       Get With It / The Flamingos

52.)       Give Me You / Billy Ward and The Dominoes

53.)       Good Lovin / The Clovers

54.)       Good Rockin / Jr. Walker

55.)       Green Eyes / The Ravens <RESERVED FOR 2016>

56.)       Hard Hearted Woman / Eddie Burns

57.)       Have Mercy Baby / Dominoes

58.)       Heartbeat / the Chords <RESERVED FOR 2016>

59.)       Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin Me) / Little Willie John

60.)       Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel / Tavares

61.)       Hey Bartender / Floyd Dixon <RESERVED FOR 2016>

62.)       Hey Girl / Lucky Carmichael

63.)       Hey Senorita / The Penguins

64.)       High Blood Pressure / Huey Piano Smith and The Clowns

65.)       Hole In The Wall / Floyd Dixon

66.)       Honey Hush / Big Joe Turner

67.)       Honky Tonky / The Drifters <RESERVED FOR 2016>

68.)       House Party / Amos Milburn

69.)       How Blind Can You Be / Goldie Boots and the Falcons

70.)       I Ain’t Drunk / Jimmy Liggins

71.)       I Cry / The Cadets

72.)       I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On / James Brown <RESERVED FOR 2016>

73.)       I Get Weak / Drivers

74.)       I Hear a Rhapsody / Earl Bostic

75.)       I Just Want To Love You / Ivory Joe Hunter

76.)       I Knew I’d Fall In Love / The Penguins

77.)       I Know It’s Hard But It’s Fair / The Five Royals

78.)       I Like It Like That / The Five Royals

79.)       I Used To Cry Mercy Mercy / The Lamplighters

80.)       I Want A Love I Can See / The Temptations

81.)       I Wanna Know / Lloyd Sims

82.)       I’d Be Satisfired / Dominoes

83.)       If I Could Hold You / Melvin Moore

84.)       If You Ain’t Lovin’ / Bullmoose Jackson <RESERVED FOR 2016>

85.)       I’m Tore Up / Billy Gayles

86.)       In The Morning Time / Clovers

87.)       It Won’t Be This Way (Always) / The King Pins

88.)       It’s a Doggone Crying Shame / Ivory Joe Hunter

89.)       Judgement Day / Floyd Dixon

90.)       Just A Gigolo / Louis Prima and Keely Smith <RESERVED FOR 2016>

91.)       Just One Look / Doris Troy <RESERVED FOR 2016>

92.)       Just To Say Hello / Jesse Belvin

93.)       La La / Fats Domino

94.)       Lay It On The Line / The Dominoes

95.)       Leave Me Alone / Baby Washington

96.)       Let Me Go Home Whiskey / Leroy Little

97.)       Let the Good Times Roll / Louis Jordan

98.)       Let’s Have A Party / Amos Milburn

99.)       Little Queenie / Chuck Berry

100.)    Lonely Teardrops / Jackie Wilson

101.)    Look What You Do To Me / Snooky Pryor

102.)    Love Contest / Ruth Brown

103.)    Love Of My Life / The Quails

104.)    Loveable Lillie / Lillian Leach and The Mellows

105.)    Lovers Prayer / Vernon Greene & The Medallions

106.)    Make It Be Me / The Flares

107.)    Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean / Ruth Brown

108.)    May I / Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

109.)    Money / Clifford Curry & The Five Pennies (Savoy Label)

110.)    Morning, Noon and Night / Joe Turner <RESERVED FOR 2016>

111.)    Move Me Baby / Jimmy Witherspoon

112.)    Move On Drifter / Baby Washington

113.)    Mr. Big Wheel / Jimmy T-99 Nelson

114.)    My Baby Just Cares For Me / Nina Simone  <RESERVED FOR 2016>

115.)    My Buddy Done Stole My Chippee / The Playboys

116.)    My Girl Ivy / Jimmy Witherspoon & The Quintones <RESERVED FOR 2016>

117.)    My One and Only Dream / Pastels

118.)    Night and Day / Earl Bostic

119.)    Nip Sip / The Clovers  <RESERVED FOR 2016>

120.)    No Sweet Lovin’ / The Drifters

121.)    Not Going To Cry / The Five Royals

122.)    Oh, What A Thrill / Rock Pile

123.)    On The Street Where You Live / The Drifters <RESERVED FOR 2016>

124.)    One Mint Julep / The Clovers <RESERVED FOR 2016>

125.)    One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Amos Milburn

126.)    Ooky Ook / The Penguins

127.)    Outside Of Paradise / Ray O Vacs

128.)    Over The Rainbow / The Checkers

129.)    Please Don’t Go / Floyd Dixon

130.)    Poison Ivy / Willie Mabon

131.)    Pony Tail / T-Bone Walker

132.)    Prince or Pauper / Frankie Lymon

133.)    Rock and Roll Wedding / Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

134.)    Rock, Granny, Roll / Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

135.)    Rockin’ All The Time / Roy Brown

136.)    Rub A Little Boogie / Champion Jack Dupree <RESERVED FOR 2016>

137.)    Sadie My Lady / The Drifters

138.)    Satellite Baby / Roosevelt Sykes

139.)    Savoy Boogie / Jimmy McCracklin

140.)    Say When / The Four Tunes

141.)         September In The Rain / Brenda Lee

142.)           September In The Rain / Dinah Washington <RESERVED FOR 2016>

143.)           Sexy Ways / Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

144.)           Shake ‘Em Up Baby / Roy Brown <RESERVED FOR 2016>

145.)           Shake, Rattle and Roll / Joe Turner <RESERVED FOR 2016>

146.)           Shame on Me / The Ramblers

147.)           Sh-Boom / Chords

148.)           She Felt Too Good / Jimmy McCracklin <RESERVED FOR 2016>

149.)           Shut Your Mouth/ B.B. King

150.)       Sick and Tired / Fats Domino

151.)       Sick and Tired / LuLa Reed

152.)       Six To Eight / Sticks McGhee

153.)       Sixty Minute Main / Billy Ward and The Dominoes

154.)       Slow Boat To China / Ronnie Dove

155.)       Some Kind Of Wonderful / The Drifters

156.)       Somebody Touched Me / Ruth Brown

157.)       Stagger Lee / Lloyd Price

158.)       Stand By Me / Ben E. King <RESERVED FOR 2016>

159.)       Stand By Me / Guitar Slim <RESERVED for 2016>

160.)       Stop The Pain / Titus Turner

161.)       Street Walking Woman / T-Bone Walker

162.)       Sweet Sue / Big Joe Turner

163.)       Ta Ta / Clyde McPhatter

164.)       Take Me Where You Go / Elmore James

165.)       Takin’ Care of Business / Freddy King

166.)       Tears Keep Tumbling Down / Ruth Brown <RESERVED FOR 2016>

167.)       Thank You John / Willie Tee <RESERVED for 2016>

168.)       That Woman / Hank Ballard

169.)       That’s How I Feel Without You / Sonny Til & Edna McGriff

170.)       That’s What You’re Doing to Me / Five Keys

171.)       The Deacon Moves In / Little Esther & The Dominoes <RESERVED FOR 2016>

172.)       The Way You Look Tonight / The Jarmels <RESERVED for 2016>

173.)       There Goes My Baby / The Drifters

174.)       There’s No Tomorrow / The Clovers

175.)       Think / The Five Royals <RESERVED FOR 2016>

176.)       39 – 21 – 40 Shape / The Showmen

177.)       This Heart Is Mine / Tony Clarke

178.)       Time Makes You Change / Dells

179.)       Tonight and Forever / The Whirlers

180.)       Too Late / Five Keys

181.)       Too Much Lovin’ / The Five Royals

182.)       Tower Of Strength / Gloria Lynne

183.)       True Fine Mama / Little Richard

184.)       Try / The Miller Brothers (1958 Mercury Label)

185.)       Try A Little Tenderness (Sax Instrumental) / Willis Gatortail Jackson

186.)       Tune Up / Jr. Walker

187.)       Two Hearts / Otis Williams and The Charms

188.)       Walkin’ My Baby Back Home / Nat King Cole <RESERVED FOR 2016>

189.)       Wee Baby Blues / Joe Turner <RESERVED FOR 2016>

190.)       What A Difference A Day Makes / Esther Phillips

191.)       What About Your Daughter / J. B. Lenoir <RESERVED FOR 2016>

192.)       What Am I Gonna Do / Chuck Jackson

193.)       What To Do / The Drifters

194.)       Whatever You Want / Jerry Butler

195.)       When I Get Lucky / Floyd Dixon

196.)       When Love Is New / Arthur Prysock

197.)       White Cliffs of Dover / The Checkers

198.)       White Port Lemon Juice / Bel Aires <RESERVED FOR 2016>

199.)       Why Don’t Cha Stop It / Buddy and Ella Johnson

200.)       Witchcraft / Jesse Belvin

201.)       Woe Is Me / The Cadillacs

202.)       You / Frankie Lymon

203.)       You Never Had It So Good / The Checkers

204.)       Young and In Love / Ruby & The Romantics

205.)       Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash / The Clovers

206.)       Your Daddy’s Doggin’ Around / Todd Rhodes

207.)       You’re In Love / Five Vets

208.)       You’re The One / 5 Keys

209.)       You’re The Boss / Jimmy Ricks & Lavern Baker <RESERVED FOR 2016>

210.)       Zing Went The Strings / The Coasters




1. Non-Pro winners upon their next nationals will dance in the Senior or Pro divisions.

2. To enter Pro or Senior division one member of the couple must have moved to Pro status. This means they may have reached Pro status

3. Records must be brought to the 4:00 p.m. Finals & Prelims meetings with N.S.D.C. form. Forms will be turned in. Contestants will dance one record from the Preservation List Thursday, one record Friday and one record on Saturday if in the final cut. Masters dance Friday & Saturday night. Length — 3 minutes each night. Prelims – Friday- 2 minute record with required steps & a 2 minute record on Saturday night for Prelim competitors and all finalist competitors. (** Only exception is the Master division where the record length will now be a minimum of 1 minute 30 seconds but not exceed three minutes)

4. Attendance at the pre-contest meeting is mandatory by at least one of the competing partners.

5. Should there not be enough qualified dancers in either Junior division then both shall become one division. The overall Junior award is given to the couple placing the highest of both divisions.

6. Masters Division — The female must be at least 49 years of age and the male at least 50 years of age by the last night of competition. Their combined age must be at least 100 years of age. Age is not the only criteria. They also must show they have “mastered” the artistry of the dance through their dancing career. One of couple composition must be an inducted member of the Shaggers Hall of Fame.

7. Each couple will be composed of one male and one female.

8. Judging for the Preliminaries and the Finals will be the National’s placement system.

9. Scoring for Finals will be cumulative for Judges’ final decision — all three dances (two for the Masters) will decide Judges’ championship placement.

10. The overall winner from Pro, Non-Pro, Juniors and Seniors Divisions will be determined by the judges ranking the divisional winner #1- #4 in preference.

11. Any contest rulings will be governed by a majority vote of the N.S.D.C. Board of Directors.

12. The entry fee is $75.00 per couple. Make checks payable to the National Shag Dance Championships.

13. Juniors must not have reached their 21st birthday by the last night of competition for Division II and not reached their 15th birthday by the last night of competition for Division I.

14. The Nationals committee reserves the right to disqualify or give a year’s probation — disallowing him/her to compete the following year (s) for exemplifying un-sportsman-like conduct.

15. The entry deadline is listed at the bottom of the application form. Application and entry fees must be in the hands of the Nationals by the deadline, not postmarked by that date. Any applications received late will be returned, no exceptions.

16. Requirement steps – Compulsory! – For 1st Round – Friday night (Prelims) and Thursday night (Finals), Masters are exempt – The following shag steps must be done by male and female at the same time:

Basic – Facing each other.

Pivot – full

Duck Walk – on one foot, the other – male and female simultaneously.

Boogie Walk – kick and boogie, boogie – male and female simultaneously.

Belly Roll – at least one complete belly roll; with male lead (his left on a 1-2

count, then 3-4 count on his right, then 5-6).

Judging auditors (2) will check off requirement steps.

For each step not performed – each judge’s placement will drop the couple one position for the first night’s score. Example: If a judge places you third and you omit the belly-roll and a pivot, you would be placed fifth on the judge’s ballot.

17. Each dancer is limited to dance in one division.

18. Senior Division – The female must be at least 49 years of age and the male must be at least 50 years of age by the last day of finals. Judged on smoothness, togetherness, repertoire, execution and degree of difficulty.

19. N.S.D.C. Board and Committee members are eligible to enter any division, but will not serve on “The Judges Selection Committee”.

20. A list of classic shag recordings is available to all Pro, Non-Pro, Seniors and Juniors to select from for their Thursday night requirements record. The list was selected by many Disc- Jockeys in order of preference #1 – #25 and the top 173 comprise the list. The list is on this website. Dancers may fax or e-mail their Thursday night letter of preference ASAP (prior to sending in their application). NO record will be danced to more than once on that night. The first faxed or e-mailed times and dates will be the couples to use the record. This is to avoid hearing the same record more than twice.

21. When a Non-Pro dancer wins his or her third C.S.A/S.P.A (combined) contest they move into the Pro Division of the Nationals even if they have not danced Pro in C.S.A or S