The Shag. Born on the beaches of South Carolina in the 1940s, this dance became popular with the younger people.
They would step and twirl to beach music showcasing the easy going and laid back lifestyle they had. Without what it seamed a care in the world with the sun on their backs and the sand in their feat, it was the perfect pastime to spend with friends and make fun memories.
It’s become quite popular even by today’s standards. The kids are even still at it.
It is very simply a lot of stepping forwards and backwards with the dancers switching their weight from left to right as the partner mirrors the other’s steps.
The Junior Shag Grand Nationals
Meet Mack West and Trinity Davis. These two won the Grand Nationals and for good reason.
Looking very relaxed as they are called to the dance floor, these young dancers take their place with a few smiles thrown here and there.
Without missing a beat and looking like it’s second nature to them, they begin stepping.
Set to John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown band’s “NYC song”, this amazing duo barely looking legal seemed to float on their feet as they sway and twirl together.
They really do complement each other
Called the “Swing dance of the South”, the Shag follows the basic steps of one and two, three and four, five six pattern. The duo are perfectly in sync as each partner does exactly the same step but with the other foot.
It seems so natural for Mack and Trinity. Easier said than done for most people. After all, this dance is part of the social graces and tradition in the South. Better to know this dance during parties than be left sticking out like a sore thumb.
Check out how Mack kicks, sways, and twirls. What a guy!
Twirling for Trinity as the audience looks on
The elderly in the audience had that look on their faces. Perhaps missing their days of youth where they took the dance floor and partied the night away. Who’s to say they can’t do it anymore?
Pretty sure Mack and Trinity have inspired a few keen onlookers that night! Well except that kid on his phone.
Looks like they’re having a good time
Mack and Trinity definitely deserve their first place win. Look how light they are on their feet!
Add to that Trinity’s sweet smile lighting up the room as she moves in sync with Mack. These two stole the show. Displaying grace and fluidity in their movements, it would be difficult to beat such a wonderful performance.
They must have put in so many hours of practice. It comes so naturally to them as the dance gains speed and intensity.
Picture perfect smiles for the camera
Garnering oohs and aahs as well as applause from the audience, they kick and twirl across the floor with obvious joy on their faces. Makes all the hours of practice worth it!
Pulling out all the stops and bringing his A game, Mack delights the crowd with an amazing spin and bounce move that even Trinity can’t help but smile some more.
He’s got some strong knees and legs!
It’s a standing ovation ladies and gentlemen
The dance comes to a smooth finish with the two twirling and facing each other as they embrace.
Listen to the crowd! They loved every moment of it. Go on and enjoy the moment you two!
That’s how you win the grand nationals. With style and grace.
Watch these two junior shag win the Grand Nationals with style and grace below.
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