The Labor Day Celebration at DeBordieu Club this year will have members and guests shagging the night away! Make plans now to attend this fun beach party on the deck of DeBordieu’s ocean front Blue Heron Grill! The South Strand Shag Club will be on hand to demonstrate, teach, and then judge a Shag Contest, while CocoLoco provides the beach music!
It all starts Sunday, September 2 at 6:00, so if you’re going to be in town, don’t forget to call 843-546-2410 to the Club know you’re coming. The Buffet Dinner from 6-8 PM includes some of our local beach favorites. The fare: Adults, $26.95, Children (ages 11-15) $12.95, Children (ages 5-10) $9.95 Children 4 and younger dine with our compliments.
The Shag, as you probably know, is South Carolina’s State Dance. But what you might not know is how it originated. Here’s a bit of history for you from one of my favorite South Carolina information websites, SCIWAY.net:
“Carolina Shag was designated the official state dance of South Carolina in 1984, but for more than a half-century, it has been synonymous with warm sand, cold beer, and beach music. A form of Southern swing, it’s said to have begun along the Grand Strand as early as the 1920’s. The Shag’s smooth rhythm has been described as “the jitterbug on Quaaludes” – indeed, the gliding steps may have begun as an adaptation to avoid kicking up sand. (Some also say limiting upper body movement helped prevent spilled drinks!) The Shag may have originated in part at Charlie’s Place, a black nightclub in Myrtle Beach owned by Charlie Fitzgerald. Charlie’s Place was located in an African-American section of town called The Hill, and despite segregation laws and customs, white and black dancers alike packed the club each night to dance to the music they loved. As Beach Shagger’s Hall of Famer Harry Driver explains, “We were totally integrated because the blacks and whites had nothing in our minds that made us think we were different. We loved music, we loved dancing, and that was the common bond between us.”
Before World War II, the Shag was danced to what was then referred to as race music and is now known as rhythm and blues. (Beach music was a later off-shoot of R&B.) Considered illicit, the music was uncommon on radio stations. Many white teenagers flocked to black nightclubs and “juke joints” where it was a staple. The intermingling of blacks and whites, especially in the form of a somewhat suggestive dance, flew in the face of Jim Crow and occasionally met with severe consequences. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, shag or shagging can refer to an act of sexual intercourse. At The Pad, once a hotbed of Shag culture, townsfolk insisted that latticework be constructed over the lower part of the building to prevent anyone from inadvertently seeing the risque moves within. Over the years, the Shag has become a South Carolina institution with a devoted following. Numerous organizations have developed to support and promote the dance that has embedded itself in our culture. ”
DeBordieu Colony is a very private community on the coast of South Carolina, between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, just south of Pawleys Island. In addition to miles of secluded beach, boat landing access to North Inlet, and a 24-hour manned security gate, the private, equity DeBordieu Club offers Pete Dye golf, a tennis center and an ocean front Beach Club with fine dining, a tiki hut bar, two pools, and a playground. There is truly no place like DeBordieu. Come see for yourself.