Donâ€™t let the name Carolina shag fool you. There is more than one southern state where people can go to get their shag dance groove on and Georgia happens to be among the best of them. Donâ€™t know how to shag? Donâ€™t worry. Thereâ€™s a slice of real estate on St Simons Island where people will be more than happy to teach you how to shake a flip flop and belly roll.
The place is known as Ziggy Mahoneyâ€™s and itâ€™s the frequent haunt of the Golden Isles Shag Club. They are a great bunch of folks that know their sugar foot dance steps from their kickback and leans. In addition, they hold beginner classes, recreational and competitive dance events on St. Simons Island throughout the year. You can check out all of the St. Simons Island event listings, along with a few shag dance instructions, on the clubâ€™s website.
For those of you unfamiliar with shag dancing, please allow us to give you a bit of background on the subject. Itâ€™s a form of 1940s swing dancing that really took off in the Southern half of the United States. Like other forms of dance, it starts out with a simple, basic step. Only this one is a six-count foot pattern. The guys typically lead with their left foot and the women generally lead with their right.
That six-count foot pattern is then built upon by the shag dancers in a manner that they see fit. Thatâ€™s where moves like the belly roll, sugar foot, crush step, flip pivot and boogie walk come into play. And the music that youâ€™ll hear playing in the background, well, that depends on where you go. More often than not, it will be rebel rousing, up tempo beach tunes or an assortment of rhythm and blues.
As for Ziggy Mahoneyâ€™s, youâ€™ll find it located in a section of St. Simons Island real estate known as Retreat Village. Itâ€™s a nice place to go if you want to shop, eat and of course, shag dance. To learn more about St. Simons Island real estate thatâ€™s ideal for dancing the hours away, please contact us at DeLoach Sothebyâ€™s International Realty.