Since I am living in the Charlotte, North Carolina area I thought it would be interesting to share with readers a Carolina tradition. This tradition has to do with dance and the shag dance specifically. I had never heard of shag dancing until coming to North Carolina. The Carolina shag is a swing dance that originated in the Carolina’s during the 1940’s. The trademark of the dance is all in the feet movement while the upper body and hips hardly move.
During the weekends in many Carolina (both North and South) towns and cities shag dance tournaments can be found. Shag is a dance that is enjoyed by both the young (pre-tweens) and the old (70+).
This video gives an excellent example of the Carolina shag: