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, 2017.

***Deadline for Masters Division applications is November 30, 2017 

NSDC Professional Application

NSDC Senior Application

NSDC Non Pro Application

NSDC Junior I_II Application

NSDC Masters Application

2018 Ad Sheet




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 or winners of Junior Overall.  Novice, amateur and beginners who are 21 years of age and older and have never danced in any professional Shag contest.  Dancers who have previously danced in the NSDC Senior, Masters, or Pro divisions are ineligible to compete in the Non-Pro division.

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.  Anyone who wins Junior Overall will be ineligible to dance in the Non-Pro Division.


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.


Dance Order for Finals:

Non-Pro Division:

1.)    Susan Welch and Danny Scott

2.)    Taylor Shirley and Nick Weaver

3.)    Ashton Cox and Alex Longest

4.)    Whitney Brown and River Harmon

5.)    Tina and John Phillips


Charlie Reese
Brad White
Carol Church
Ham McGarity
Leslie W. Freke

A.C. Williams
Carol Church
Ham McGarity
Judy Eastwood
Rick Little

Categories (except Masters):

Smoothness – Degree of Difficulty – Togetherness – Execution – Repertoire

Song time limit is 3 minutes max for all Divisions

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** Time limit is 3 minutes max):

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

6.)           Be Fair / The Pipes

7.)           Beg And Steal / Strangers

8.)           Blue Moon / Nat King Cole

9.)           Boat Dock / Ray Sharpe

10.)       Boogie Woogie King / Jimmy Liggins *

11.)       Boot Em Up / Du Droppers

12.)       Bring The Money Home / The Orioles

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

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

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

33.)       Don’t You Lie To Me / B.B. King

34.)       Donut And A Dream / Mills Brothers

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

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

56.)       Hard Hearted Woman / Eddie Burns

57.)       Have Mercy Baby / Dominoes

58.)       Heartbeat / the Chords

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

60.)       Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel / Tavares

61.)       Hey Bartender / Floyd Dixon

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

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

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

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 *

91.)       Just One Look / Doris Troy

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

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

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

116.)    My Girl Ivy / Jimmy Witherspoon & The Quintones

117.)    My One and Only Dream / Pastels

118.)    Night and Day / Earl Bostic

119.)    Nip Sip / The Clovers

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

124.)    One Mint Julep / The Clovers

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

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

143.)           Sexy Ways / Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

144.)           Shake ‘Em Up Baby / Roy Brown

145.)           Shake, Rattle and Roll / Joe Turner *

146.)           Shame on Me / The Ramblers

147.)           Sh-Boom / Chords

148.)           She Felt Too Good / Jimmy McCracklin

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

159.)       Stand By Me / Guitar Slim

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

167.)       Thank You John / Willie Tee

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

172.)       The Way You Look Tonight / The Jarmels

173.)       There Goes My Baby / The Drifters

174.)       There’s No Tomorrow / The Clovers

175.)       Think / The Five Royals

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

189.)       Wee Baby Blues / Joe Turner

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

191.)       What About Your Daughter / J. B. Lenoir

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 *

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

210.)       Zing Went The Strings / The Coasters

211. One Step Ahead – Aretha Franklin

212. Can’t Wait To See My Baby’s Face – Baby Washington

213. Leave Me Alone – Baby Washington

214. Pushin’ A Good Thing – Barbara Lewis

215. Will You Still Love Me – Ben E. King

216. Let Your Tears Fall Baby – Big Mama Thorton

217. Count Me Out – Billy Stewart

218. Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl

219. Need Someone To Love Me – Brownie McGhee

220. If You Ain’t Lovin – Bullmoose Jackson

221. Stop Anything I’m Doing – Clyde McPhatter

222. Time Makes You Change – Dells

223. Money Tree – Detroit Junior

224. Time – Doris Troy

225. Got To Get Myself A Woman – Drifters

226. Some Kind of Wonderful – Drifters

227. I Get Weak – Drivers

228. Where or When – Earl Bostic

229. Mean To Me – Ella Fitzgerald

230. I Was A Fool – Elmore James

231. Take Me Where You Go – Elmore James

232. Let Me Take You Out Tonight – Emeralds

233. Tell Me Pretty Baby – Empires

234. The Last One To Know – Fitones

235. That’s What You’re Doing To Me – Five Keys

236. She Wants To Rock – Flairs

237. Someday Someway – Flamingos

238. Prince Or Pauper – Frankie Lymon

239. I Want To Know – Gay Poppers

240. Pennies From Heaven – Georgia Carr

241. Stand By Me – Guitar Slim

242. Canadian Sunset – Hank Crawford

243. Do What You Want To Do – Harmonica Slim

244. Whispers – Jackie Wilson

245. Don’t Let It Happen – James Brown

246. Tell Me What I Did Wrong – James Brown

247. Let’s Drop Out of Sight – Johnny Nash

248. Hey Little Girl – Larks

249. I Wanna Be – Manhattans

250. Will You Love Me – Marvin and Johnny

251. I’ll Remember You – Otis Williams & Charms

252. My One and Only Dream – Pastels

253. Working On a Groovy Thing – Patti Drew

254. I Knew I’d Fall In Love – Penguins

255. It Isn’t Right – Platters

256. Zing Goes My Heart – Ravens

257. If You Don’t Want My Love – Robert John

258. Lovin’ Machine – Rockin Louie

259. People Are Talkin’ 55 – Rollie McGill

260. Fannie Brown Got Married – Roy Brown

261. Shakem Up Baby – Roy Brown

262. Please Don’t Tease – Spaniels

263. Got To Have Something On The Ball – Sticks McGhee

264. Pony Tail – T Bone Walker

265. What Am I Gonna Do Without You – Temptations

266. Aw Shucks – Tiny Topsy

267. Stop The Pain – Titus Turner

268. This Heart of Mine – Tony Clarke

269. Good Rockin Tonight – Treniers

270. The Watusi – Vibrations

271. Walking Up A One Way Street – Willie Tee

272. Always Be In Love – XRays



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