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Something Wonderful: Shag Dancing

[HT: The Sailor]

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  • Boat Guy February 17, 2022, 4:50 PM

    Truly “Something Wonderful”! Thank you!
    Had no idea people still danced the Shag but this pair are amazing!

  • Sisu February 17, 2022, 5:36 PM

    That was my Wife and me, 25+ years prior to ’03; though I insisted on no “public displays of emotion”. … Her life ended. … And, I am crying at this moment. … But, Thank You, for posting that.

    • Dan Patterson February 18, 2022, 6:20 AM

      Bless you and your wife’s memory.

  • rocdoctom February 17, 2022, 6:26 PM

    In 1983 I worked in South Carolina and the ladies tried their best to teach this northern boy to shag dance. Didn’t work but I still appreciate watching. And Carolina girls are the best.

  • Terry February 17, 2022, 7:48 PM

    Watching Leslie dance gives me goosebumps and a case of envy. Soo much fun there –

  • julie February 17, 2022, 8:58 PM

    Something else wonderful: Stardust

    Just lovely, through and through.

    • John Venlet February 18, 2022, 5:50 AM

      Yes, Julie, lovely through and through. Thank you.

    • ghostsniper February 18, 2022, 7:13 PM


  • Joe Krill February 17, 2022, 9:55 PM

    Awesome. 100% Awesome. I wonder what ever happened to them.

    • WiscoDave February 18, 2022, 9:08 AM

      Look up Leslie Melton Jennings. Still dancing away.
      Same with Grant.

  • Susan in Seattle February 17, 2022, 11:46 PM

    Something wonderful, indeed.

  • bob sykes February 18, 2022, 4:56 AM

    Thank you. Leslie is perfect. What great memories, and what a nice reprieve from Black Distemper Month.

  • John Venlet February 18, 2022, 5:51 AM

    That was something wonderful, Gerard, and the young lady, Leslie, has a most beguiling figure.

  • Dan Patterson February 18, 2022, 6:23 AM

    Yes, lovely.
    Come to NC and you can get all the lessons you want, it remains very popular here and in SC.
    Cheers y’all.

  • James ONeil February 18, 2022, 9:45 AM

    Back in the early ’50s I as a pre-teen, went from Miami up to a summer camp in the North Carolina mountains (Unaccompanied minor, by train, weren’t no thang, back in the day.). Found the Shag, Charleston, Black Bottom were still quite popular dances there. Glad to see they’re still preserving some of our popular history.

  • Jack February 18, 2022, 11:00 AM

    Someone once said: Woman, thou art dance! So very true.

  • Kerry February 18, 2022, 7:05 PM

    Did you notice how perfect their posture is? I love to see that, since mine has been poor most of my life. Dancers have impeccable posture. They looked so smooth and cool.

  • Flannelputz` February 18, 2022, 7:50 PM

    Leslie is so talented, so beautiful.

    • Vanderleun February 18, 2022, 9:15 PM

      A wistful note from a wistful putz!

  • Will M February 18, 2022, 11:04 PM

    I could be wrong, but that distinct loose-limbed, leg-shakiness – maybe an influence on early, ‘56 Elvis? Maybe that kind of lankiness in dance is uniquely Southern and widely imitated?

  • Univ of Saigon 68 February 19, 2022, 6:37 AM

    That was from 2003. I DuckDuckGo’ed Grant Garmon. He went on to have a career in the military and then in law enforcement.


  • Fred Z February 19, 2022, 11:00 PM

    Fabulous post, hits me hard, I don’t know where to start.

    As a young fool in the 1960s I resisted all efforts by my parents to get me to learn to dance. It was “boring” compared to TV and movies.

    3 years ago my wife asked me, for the third time, to do ballroom dancing lessons with her. I agreed, under protest and unwillingly, because the reason was to dance at our oldest son’s wedding.

    I have since learned…
    -TV is shite, including all the double shite from netflix, amazon and their ilk.
    -People with nothing to do in the evenings get into trouble with booze, and other nonsense easily predicted by the old aphorism about “idle hands”
    -Dancing 4 nights a week:
    -leaves no time for drinking or other mischief.
    -keeps the weight down.
    -drops the blood pressure seriously, I damn well mean seriously, big time, all you lumps out there listen up.
    -Improves the after hours life, know what I mean, a nod’s as good as a wink…
    -Demonstrates that all one’s silly ideas of being well coordinated are silly.
    -Makes me the amateur over 65 King of the Cha Cha and runner up of the Tango in the podunk town where I live.

    Until dancing in some form revives, civilization is doomed. We are monkeys. If we wont dance, we are very bad monkeys, doomed to fail.

    I intend to learn the basics of Shag dancing pronto. Looks a lot like a fast “Bolero”. Google it, you undancing losers.

    • wheels February 23, 2022, 11:08 PM

      I met my girlfriend in a samba class more than 25 years ago. We never did the shag, but we danced just about every other ballroom dance we could get lessons in (we even took Paso Doble lessons once, but it was never played at the local social dances) until she couldn’t. She died just before the lockdowns eased here in Colorado. I haven’t danced since, because the studio only just opened up, and they’re only allowing couples who are vaxxed to sign up, and I’m neither.