Sandy Beach Shag Club Lessons

United We Dance

John and Robin teaching our Basic Shag Class

About Us

Phone: 828-443-5995




Sandy Beach shag instructors are Robin Morley and John Carpenter. They have been married for 6 years. Robin has been dancing the Shag for 30+ years. She is a former President of the Sandy Beach Shag club and was responsible for reforming the club in 2005 after it had disbanded.  She was awarded the prestigious Icon of Shag award by the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs in 2011. John has been dancing for 15 years and is also a 3 term past president of the Sandy Beach Shag Club. He also was awarded the Shag Icon Award by the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs in 2014. Robin and John have been guest instructors at other shag clubs and are widely known in shag circles.  Robin is currently Vice Chairman of the ACSC.  Robin and John have been taught themselves by the very best professional shag instructors in the Carolina Shag arena.  Sam and Lisa West, Charlie Womble and Jackie McGee, Michael and LeAnn Norris, and Gene and Nancy Pope, just to name a few.  All of these professionals are National Champions.  Robin and John have been teaching shag students now for over 12 years, themselves. Robin and John were recently inducted into the National Boppers Hall of Fame in Jacksonville, Florida.  They are to be honored in November of 2017 by receiving the very special honor of National Living Legends of Dance, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

They teach Beginners 1, 2 and 3, level classes as well as Intermediate, Mirror Steps  and Lead and Follow instruction. They also teach style classes. Line dance lessons are also taught by Robin and other instructors.

They have also taught high school students from Freedom, Patton, and South Caldwell.  They have taught students from Granite Falls middle school and the camp for home school children held annually at the Old Rock School in Valdese, NC. They have mentored a number of students that have chosen the Shag as their senior project.  They also conduct private lessons that are held at the discretion on the student.

Lessons are held at the Elks Lodge (see map under Finding Us) on Thursday nights at 6:30pm or 7:45pm, depending on the class being taught. Lessons go about an hour each. On occasion, lessons will go for two hours, but that is announced beforehand.

Open dancing sometimes follows lessons.  All people are invited to come for open dancing. We are fortunate to have the Elks facility and we are able to purchase beverages from the bar area (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). We hope you have a wonderful time and will consider joining the Sandy Beach Shag Club. The cost is only $20 a year and membership entitles you to free Basic I lessons for as long as Robin and John are instructors.

Watch Robin and John Dance at the Morganton Day School Charity Event



Article on our shag lessons from The News Herald, in Morganton

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