Chatham Area Shag Association
The Chatham Area Shag Association, Inc. is a non profit social club. Our
objective is to preserve and promote the dance named the “Shag.” In
preserving and promoting the dance we also strive to promote and
preserve shag and beach music.
- It’s okay for women to ask men to dance just as it is for
men to ask women to dance
- Typically it’s good form to accept an invitation to dance,
but if you don’t want to dance say so politely
- If someone turns you down, accept it graciously and ask
someone else to dance.
- Lead your partner to the dance floor by the hand and be
sure to thank them at the end of the dance
- Keep your opinions about your partner’s dancing to
yourself. It is not good form to offer instruction to
someone in a social dance setting. It could be that you are
not doing the step correctly. If someone does ask for
help, take them away from the other dancers.
- If you are in a dance class, let the instructor teach. The
instructor will ask for help if needed.
- Establish a slot and continue to dance in it. Usually the
first couple on the dance floor will establish the slot.
- Dance small. Don’t dance all over the floor.
- Leaders are responsible for looking out for the safety of
their partners. Keep them out of danger. Be aware of the
dancers around you.
- Bumping into other dancers is inevitable. Always apologize
even if it is not your fault. Make sure no one is hurt.
- If you are leading someone with fewer skills, dance to
their level. Don’t showboat.
- If you must give verbal leads do so quietly so only your
partner hears you.
- If you are not dancing, stay off the dance floor. Move off
the floor to carry on a conversation.
- Pay attention to the beat of the music. Being able to count
does not mean you are on beat.
PO Box 1489
Pittsboro, NC 27312
M-F: 8am – 6pm
S & S: closed