Friday, September 21, 2012

SOS Week in North Myrtle Beach

It is late September in North Myrtle Beach, and to us that means one thing: Shag Week. The September meeting of the SOS group is by far the biggest Shag convention of the year, and attracts folks from all around the country to dance, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy South Carolina’s beach. SOS (“Society of Stranders” or “Shaggers on the Strand”) is a group of like-minded individuals who enjoy and participate in the Shag, a popular dance originating on the Carolina coast.

Though the Shag began as a version of the swing-driven Jitterbug, it became a distinct style of dance when “beach music” became increasingly popular in the 1950s. Many variations of shagging exist in different regions of the US, but the Carolina Shag is considered by some to be the original; a nostalgic reminder of simpler times and the carefree beach lifestyle of yesteryear.

Today, SOS convenes in the North Myrtle Beach area to Shag, meet new Stranders, catch up with familiar friends, and party through the week. They keep the dance tradition going strong, and they are one of the reasons North Myrtle Beach is so unique. One of the goals of the Society is to pass on the Shag to future generations. We hope shagging and beach music stays alive and SOS week continues to take place here year after year. At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we always look forward to seeing the same folks check in to our properties before each SOS event, eager to meet up at Duck’s, Fat Harold’s, the OD Arcade, or any of the other popular Shag clubs. If you are a Shagger, or are curious to see what this special dance culture is all about, give us a call and come see for yourself!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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