The First Coast Shag Club began in 1991 at Flashback Lounge in a bowling center by a group of dancers dedicated to having fun and learning the Carolina Shag dance under the instruction of Kelly Cordell. The club was officially formed on February 7, 1993, with 28 members. Its first officers were: Kelly Cordell, President/ Director; Fred Carter, Vice President/Director; Anne Jernigan [Henry] Secretary/Treasurer/Director. David King was the first Sergeant-at-Arms. FCSC's first DJ was Hershel Maddox. Since that time, FCSC has been fortunate to foster many other Shag DJs.
In May 1993, a club newsletter, "The Shag Rag" was created. The newsletter has since been replaced by our website www.firstcoastshagclub.com.
FCSC was voted in the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (ACSC) on January 15, 1994. The FCSC has built and sponsored floats to enter the annual SOS parade in Myrtle Beach.
The club outgrew the bowling center lounge and moved to Bimini Lounge at the Marriott Hotel at Southpoint. When Marriott closed the lounge, and after a few stops along the way, the club currently dances at River City Brewing Company on Wednesdays. The club has also expanded to Sliders at Fernandina Beach on Sundays. FCSC provides free shag lessons to members and guests. Two shag DVDs are available for purchase to provide additional instruction and revenue for the Club. The membership continues to grow (now over 200) and the shag is alive in Jacksonville.
FCSC is primarily for "promoting and preserving the shag dance" and funds are used for benefit of the members. The club also donates funding, time and effort into supporting charitable events. The club’s designated charity is the American Cancer Society. The club also extends support to the ACSC and SOS by contributing to the Junior Shaggers Association, the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers, and SOS events, including sponsoring a hole in their charity Golf event and selling raffle tickets for Fun Monday.
We are proud to have four members recognized with an ACSC Shagging Icon Award – Butch Berrey, Anne Henry, Allen Henry, and Vickie Hyde.
Current members in the Florida Shaggers Hall of Fame include Kelly Cordell, Shirley Cordell, Anne Henry, Starling Jones (deceased), Jane Harrington, David King, Dee York, Vickie Hyde, Tony Gonzalez, Roger Reynolds, Doug Harrington, Paul Spaulding, Patricia Gonzalez, Allen Henry, and LaVerne Horton.
FCSC has many talented dancers who have competed in the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) and the Shag Preservation Association (SPA) dance contests throughout South and North Carolina. FCSC also has two grandchildren of club members who have competed in CSA dance contests.
The club established a precision dance team named "The Pivoteers" and performed club exhibitions for events throughout the State. FCSC sponsored the "Fabulous Fossils" band which performed at the 2008 and 2009 Anniversary Parties, and the 2009 ACSC Summer Workshop.
FCSC hosted two highly successful ACSC Workshops in Florida July 9-12, 2009 (first ACSC Workshop in Florida) and July of 2012.
Past Presidents of FCSC:
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