The dance style called the Swing has changed since the peak of
its popularity during the 1940's. The Big bands of the time defined the sound of
Swing and gained a loyal fan base throughout the country. Performances by these
bands were often broadcast live on location in hotel lounges, country clubs,
college campuses, and ballrooms. This was a time when bandleaders like Count
Basie tossed aside the traditional baton and played along fellow band mates on
Natives of the Southern states enjoy the Carolina Shag, the state dance of South Carolina. Many dancers say the Carolina Shag began around in the 1940’s when Rhythm and Blues Bands played at local beaches and clubs in the Myrtle Beach. Shag dancers glide across the dance floor rather than bounce as those who enjoy the East Coast Swing. Compared to the West Coast Swing, the Shag is danced at a steady and relaxed pace.
During a recent visit to South Carolina my husband and I visited Fat Harold’s Beach Club located in North Myrtle Beach at 212 Main Street. We came for a bite to eat, and found the lively music and a personal glimpse of a South Carolina tradition. While we didn’t find our groove many couples on the dance floor amazed us with their smooth moves. Our visit proved the Swing is popular everywhere, and that with a few lessons anyone can enjoy an evening dancing to a nostalgic beat.
Fat Harold’s Beach Club is open Monday – Sunday from 4:00pm - 2:00am, and offers great food to enjoy while watching the Shag dancers of all ages on the dance floor. Wednesday evenings are a great time to visit when Fat Harold’s holds a Customer Appreciation night with various Specials. Free Shag Lessons are held on Tuesday's when Rookie Shaggers can compete for Cash and Prizes.
By Melody Schubert
Fat Harold's Beach Club located in North Myrtle Beach at 212 Main Street in South Carolina. To find out more about visiting Fat Harold’s at www.fatharolds.com or call 1-843-249-5779.
To learn about the Carolina Shag, check out the video in which Fat Harold talks about the dance on their website.