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Junior Dance Team Lights Up Dance Floor For First Place

March 23rd, 2020

There are so many amazing performances by many dancers from all across the country.

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An Open Swing Championship dance competition was held in Los Angeles a few months back. Dancers would have had to make a big impression to even be considered here. The team from Landis, North Carolina did just that. So much so that they won 1st place in their category.

The Junior Shag Dance team gave everyone a night to remember.

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They are a team who love the Shag dance.

The non-profit organization was founded in 2008 by Brennar Goree, and with three others, coach, choreograph, and manage the team. They practice a lot. And they are good!

These people are devoted to making the Carolina Shag dance popular around the globe.

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The Shag can be traced back to the 50’s along the beaches of South Carolina.

It is a partner dance performed to beach music. Just looking at the moves and one can imagine the beach parties of that era. And these cool guys and girls are keeping that tradition alive. They describe themselves as:

“A group of Carolina Shag Dancers who travel competing and performing all over the world to spread the dance they love while keeping its deep-rooted traditions and rich history alive.

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Good looking bunch who describe themselves as a close knit family.

The team’s mentality is to support the youth and at the same time respecting the elders who founded the dance. With that sense of purpose and duty, they can still definitely boogie!

Team members may have changed from time to time but the choreography team has not changed with the exception of Brennar Goree who was deployed by the military.

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This is the pink and black attack.

First impressions set standards and they are no exception. The moment they step out, the crowd cheers and claps and you can bet that gave this team a boost in confidence. They look fantastic too!

Perfectly synchronized to the beat of their music, they begin the signature one-and-two counting and steps of the Shag. Moving in together and then fanning out, there is such amazing fluidity and grace in their choreography. That’s countless hours of practice and dedication right there.

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They really are something else to watch.

The dance is so lively and colorful yet easy to follow.

The coaches must be really good and really proud of their work. The dancers utilize the space they have and the contrasting colors add a striking effect to the dance.

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They earned it and deserved the win.

Even viewers agree. One said:

“Love it ~ no vulgarity; no twerking; no wardrobe malfunctions…..just talented, entertaining dancers. Good work.”

The Shag may be a male-led dance but this certainly had good balance between the men and the ladies. They have set the bar high and it’s a pretty tough act to follow.

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That is a well deserved standing ovation.

The Shag is a dance gaining a resurgence in popularity. The cool fact is that it’s the younger generation responsible for it.

Check out the trophy winning performance in the video below.

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Source: YouTube, US Open Swing, Junior Shag Dance Team

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