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Smoky Mountain Shaggers is a dance club dedicated to Carolina Shag Swing Dancing.  Our club was chartered in 1996 by Betty Ladwig.  Her full story can be read on the About Us page.  

We meet at Gibby's inside the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn, 9134 Executive Park Drive, Knoxville, TN on Sunday nights.  

We also meet at the Broadway Social, 102 East Harper Avenue, Maryville, TN on Thursday nights.  

Our genre of music is 50's 60's and 70;s R&B music which is great for all types of swing and ballroom dancing.  

 

Smoky Mountain Boogie

March 9 - 11, 2023

Pigeon Forge, TN. 

 

Tickets go on sale June 1, 2022

 

What a great event our Boogie has become.  Each year we raise money for St. Judes Children's Hospital while having fun with themed party attire and special events such as the 50/50 drawing every night, Silent Raffle, Free Pours nightly hosted by our Mixologist Mike Young, free Photos from Moon Dance Studio photography, and the very generous Liquor Table raffle. 

100% of all the revenues go to St. Jude's.

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If you have any questions, call Bobby at

Moon Dance Studio (770) 282-7177

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Wikipedia defines the Carolina shag as a partner dance done primarily to beach music (100-130+ beats per minute in 4/4 time signature). Today, the shag is a recognized dance in national and international dance competitions. ​ The term "Carolina shag" is thought to have originated along the Atlantic Ocean in Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina during the 1940s. According to Bo Bryan, a Carolina shag historian and resident of Beaufort County, the term was coined at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The Carolina shag is a descendant of Carolina Jitterbug. ​ The 1989 film Shag starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, and Page Hannah as four high- school friends on their last road trip together before graduation, was filmed in Myrtle Beach and features the Carolina shag.  In 1997, the country music band Alabama recorded the single called "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard" referencing this style of dance and the band's own history of playing at the Carolina shore where the dance originated. In mid- to late August 2018, SiriusXM satellite radio added a channel called Carolina Shag. It replaced a summertime channel dedicated to The Beach Boys. SiriusXM describes the channel as being "dedicated to the vintage R&B sounds that have meant Summer in the Carolinas for decades".

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