Friday, April 22, 2011

Shagging on the Boulevard

...that's what Brandon and I have been doing all weekend. 
Well, kind of. We mostly watched, but braved a few dances.

Actually, this post is re-capping LAST weekend. 
Sorry I'm late! 

The Shag is South Carolina's state dance. 

...and the home of the shag is Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! 

Both of my parents spent their adolescence to adulthood in North Myrtle Beach.  They hung out at various dance clubs on Ocean Drive, such as The Spanish Galleon and the OD Pavillion.  These clubs are still very much alive and attract crowds of shaggers, who dance to their favorite beach music songs, of course. 

 Brandon's parents are part of SOS (Society of Stranders), which holds various 10 day-long shagging events throughout the year.  

This past weekend was the "Spring Safari," so Brandon and I joined his parents in North Myrtle to partake in the fun! 

To all of you that aren't familiar with the shag: Sorry if this description isn't very good! Here's a video of the dance that will explain for itself. 

These are excellent dancers and no, not everyone dances to this degree of skill!  
Brandon's parents are awesome shaggers, so Brandon and I watched them a good bit to pick up on some moves!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Last morning in NMB

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SOS Parade on Saturday

It was SO windy, which explains our hair-dos.

? - We don't know either.

Some of the characters on the parade floats

There were nice cars in the parade, too! Here is a Rolls Royce

"North Myrtle Beach ... Home of the Shag"



  1. All of my family is from South Carolina & I will never forget being 10, sitting on my Great Uncle Bill's in-closed porch & him coming in from the farm begging me to shag with him (he & my great-aunt were amazing!).

    I wouldn't do it because I didn't know how & I was too embarrassed.

    He passed away that summer & I never saw him after that trip. Oh how I wish I could go back in time & just dance that one shag with him!

  2. I LOVE the pictures! ;)
    I have always been obsessed with the movie SHAG!

  3. I can't believe you didn't post about the mOVIE shag!!!!!!! I grew up watching that over and over in HS!!! Phoebe Cates was in her Prime in that movie!!! :)

  4. I have a quick question to ask you. Can you email me or leave a comment on my blog with your email address? Thanks!

  5. Looks like fun, I love the picture of you and Brandon on the balcony! North Myrtle Beach is where UVA has beach week, and the Spanish Galleon is a popular nightspot that week!

  6. Looks like you had a great time. My husband and I live in NMB! :)

  7. I love to shag! I learned while in college at Elon (in NC) and think it's just a timeless, FUN dance!!! And after a few drinks, I'm a pro!!! Haha

    I love your coral clothing...where is the shirt from? I Just picked up a bunch of new summer clothes and coral and navy are everywhere!!

    Happy Easter!



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