Shag and Wag for area pets

Article Published: Apr. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Shag and Wag for area pets

It's time to shake your hips and wag your tail.

The first Shag 'n' Wag Fundraiser dance is days away, and you don't have to be a seasoned dancer to spin your partner.

"Anybody can get out on the floor and do the basic step," shagger and Watauga Humane Society board member Ellen Jo Kraemer said.

Especially, since the first hour of the party includes dance lessons.

"Like any dance, it's about repetition. It's easy to pick up and it has a count, so you can quietly count to yourself until it registers," Kraemer said.

And, speaking of counting, proceeds from the event go directly to the Watauga Humane Society.
"This takes us beyond being a social club and helps the community," Kraemer said.

If you've never shagged, prepare for a good time.

"It's kind of a slow, laid-back swing. It uses the basic steps in swing, but it's done much more laid-back. It originated in Myrtle Beach where it was hot, and when music was playing in the sand, people wanted to dance with it, but they didn't really have the need to do a whole lot in the sun ... of course, a lot of our dancers take it up a tempo," she said.

Shag isn't just about moving your feet, it's also about socializing.

"Many of our club are singles. We've actually had in our club a number of marriages and quite a few romances ... because we switch partners while we're dancing. Ultimately, everybody gets up to dance. You don't have to sit there waiting and wondering if you're going to be asked," Kraemer said.

Especially not if you're of the fairer sex.

"In shag dancing, proper protocol is that a woman may ask a man do dance. That goes against the grain of most traditional dances," she said.

So, don't worry about finding a date. Singles are more than welcome.

"You'll find most people dance with a variety of partners. It is encouraged," she said.
All ages are welcome to shake to the beat.

"The dance is open to anybody. You don't have to be a member and you don't have to know how to dance," she said.

You just have to like music, people and a good cause to support.

The party happens Saturday, May 1, at the American Legion Hall in Blowing Rock (333 Wallingford Road) from 7 to 11 p.m. A buffet of snacks and appetizers will be served. BYOB. Tickets are $10.
DJ Larry "BigFish" Calhoun will play a variety of rhythms and requests.

For more information on the Watauga Humane Society, visit

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