The Carolina Shag is a partner dance done primarily to Beach music. Today, the Shag is a recognized dance in national and international dance competitions held across the United States.
The basic step in Carolina Shag is a six count step danced in a slot. The rhythm is similar to 6 count swing in that it is triple step, triple step, rock step. Carolina Shag often bears only the faintest resemblance to other dances that share the Shag designation.
The term "Carolina Shag" is thought to have originated along the strands between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, during the 1940's. According to Bo Bryan, a Carolina Shag historian and resident of Beaufort County, the term was coined at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The Carolina Shag is a descendant of Carolina Jitterbug and claims Little Apple, whose origins can supposedly be traced to Columbia, South Carolina in 1937, as its predecessor.