“Years ago, my husband and I went to Myrtle Beach, and that’s when we first saw it,” she said. “We loved to dance. We did more of a jitterbug, but he died last year. ... It (Shag dancing) got me out. It’s something you can do. It’s very social.
“You just have a great time with a great group of people, and you meet people from other clubs. You visit their clubs; they visit your club. And it just opens up a whole different world to a new group of people.”
After the lesson hour, the dancing continues until 10 p.m. every other Friday led by a DJ. The club is free to Elks members and there is currently only a $10 fee until the end of the year to become a club member. If you don’t become a member, it’s $4 a lesson.
Perkins thinks that this dance is for anybody.
“If you really want to learn this dance, the main thing is, if you can count to six, you can do Shag,” she said.
For more information on the club, go to shagginwithclass.com.
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