Junior Shag Update
Our Hilton Head Island “Jr” Carolina Shag Club met for their first meeting on Sunday, February 24 from 1:30 to 3 at the HHP Dolphin Head Recreation Area Clubhouse. 4 kids and 8 parents attended. 7 kids and 2 parents registered but were unable to attend. Noah Gregory, our local Jr., who has been Shag dancing for 2 years now, introduced the Basic step and the Female Turn.
The group decided to try meeting on every other Friday afternoon from 4-5. That will be the 2nd and 4th Fridays in March. That’s March 8 and 22.
Dancers need smooth soled shoes and the name of a favorite song.
If you would like to join us, please contact Becky Elliott at 517-449-1492.
Hello Jr. Shag Dancing Friends,
Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club encourages youth to learn the S.C. State Dance
Have fun! Learn to dance! Make friends! A group from a local shag club is promoting an opportunity for local young people to learn shag dancing.
The Junior Shag Development Committee from the Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club (HHICSC) is inviting youth who like music, dance, and fun, to learn our state dance, the Shag. According to Becky Elliott, recent past-President of HHICSC, and Chairperson of the Junior Shag Development Committee, their mission is to inspire youth to be joyful and confident. Through the rhythmic movement of shag dancing youth learn to express their spirit’s creativity and individuality. The Shag Community strives to embody joy, kindness, diversity, health and positivity, compassion, responsibility and gratitude. Their vision is a world where everyone enjoys life through music and dance.
Jennifer Batten, a former Junior Shag dancer, now a parent of two fantastic Junior Shaggers, said it best in The Carefree Times. “In the process of learning to dance they learn so much more! They learn…personal respect; respect for others, manners and social graces; sportsmanship and work ethics; positive communication skills; time management, flexibility and organization; and, to make friends and stay friends.”
Shag dancing, like many other cultural interests, wanes as generations grow older. Many HHICSC members see the Junior Shag initiative as an opportunity to pass their love of shag dancing onto their children and grandchildren. Elliott quoted Vicki Hyde, a Shag Icon from Jacksonville, Florida, who said, “Juniors enjoy dancing with their parents, grandparents, and other family members, strengthening family ties.”
HHICSC and its Development Committee’s immediate goal is to generate enough local interest in junior shag dancing to support organizing a separate Junior Shag Club. “We can visit organizations in the community wherever young people may gather and invite them to consider hosting a series of dance lessons at their establishment, be it a school, church, or community center,” says Elliott. “We will be happy to send an Ambassador from our club to share information and get kids dancing! Our Junior Shag Development Committee is eager to get the word out.”
Mike Salera, the current President of HHICSC, says that the Club recently designated themselves as “Junior Shag Friendly”. Generating interest in and providing knowledge of Shag Dancing is the primary mission of the Club, founded in 1994. Young shag dancers under the age of 21 are welcomed to become members of Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club when accompanied by an adult. Salera also announced that beginning this summer, the Club is hosting Friday Social dances every week, versus just twice a month as in year’s past, increasing the opportunities for all local residents and visitors to get out and dance.
The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club’s Friday Social Dances are from 6 to 9:30 p.m. throughout the summer, and are hosted at Dolphin Head Golf Club, 59 High Bluff Road in Hilton Head Plantation. All dancers, in all styles of dance are welcome, whether singles, couples or island visitors. Juniors under 21 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or other adult. There is a $5 floor charge. For more information on Club membership, and to check the calendar of Social Dances and lessons go to www.hiltonheadshagclub.com, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HHICSC.