'Shagging with the Stars' kicks off Friday night

A couple shagging during the 2013 National Shag Dance Championships. Source: Facebook
A couple shagging during the 2013 National Shag Dance Championships. Source: Facebook

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Get ready to see some fancy footwork! The National Shag Dance Championship is hosting the 8th annual "Shagging with the Stars" and the 4th annual National Collegiate Championships at the Spanish Galleon on Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25. DJ for this year's event will be Tommy Hamrick with Emcee Duties by Diane Stokes.

The NSDC started in Myrtle Beach in 1984 and is the longest continuously-running shag dance contest, along with winning two "Feather Awards" for being the best swing dance competition in the United States. Not only are they recognized for the event, but the NSDC established the "Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship" in 1998 to annually assist in the education of a deserving college student who is a current or past contestant in the NSDC, or whose family has competed in the NSDC.

January 25 is the preliminaries for the collegiate group. The couples are Savannah Mchale and Preston Bankson from Clemson University, Claire Mauro and Anthony Amatucci will be representing Elon University, Savannah Everhardt and Luck Dutch from Western Carolina University and Brittany Hahn and Collin Denton representing Catawba College. All finalists will be asked to perform an exhibition dance for the March 6 – 8 finals.

The nine couples participating in the "Shagging with the Stars- Redemption" competition are all past runner-ups. One male and one female champion will be named. This year's group includes:

The Ladies

Marla Branson - WMBF News with partner River Harmon

Marilyn Hatley – Mayor of North Myrtle Beach with partner Win Underwood

Blakely Jenkins Roof - Conway Medical Center with partner Jeff Hargett

Barbara Graham – former Mrs. South Carolina with partner Bill Barbour

Jessica Worley – Ocean Drive Resorts with partner Sam West

The Gentlemen

John Bullard – North Myrtle Beach Recreation Department with partner Marilyn Burrage

Rhett Graham – Wells Insurance with partner Nikki Kontoulas

Wayne Gray – Myrtle Beach City Councilman with partner Autumn Jones

Perry Woolbright – North Myrtle Beach High School Football Coach with partner Kristal Taylor

WMBF News is proud to sponsor this event along with South Atlantic Bank, Bobby Kelly – State Farm Insurance, Bruce and Camille Morgan, Eddie and Kathryn Monsour, The Shaggers Hall of Fame and RE/MAX Ocean Forest.

For more information on the event, dancers, times and/or divisions check out the website at http://www.shagnationals.com/.

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