Shaggers aim to set Guinness record in North Myrtle Beach

Shaggers in North Myrtle Beach this weekend will try to land in the record books.

The Society of Stranders and the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs aims to set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Carolina Shag Dance” at about 5 p.m. Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

At least 250 shaggers have to dance for at least five minutes to set the record, which no one holds now. About 700 have registered to participate, said Anne Henry of Jacksonville, Fla., a shagger who is organizing the record attempt.

Shaggers will be dancing to “Something Smooth” by Rick Strickland and must follow the steps as they are called, she said.

“Everybody has to be doing the same thing at the same time,” she said.

As is customary with Guinness record attempts, the event must meet strict rules, including having judges watch from different angles, videotaping the event and requiring all the shaggers to wear the same outfit: White, collared golf shirts and black slacks for men – no shorts, jeans, T-shirts or hats – and solid color blouse with black capris for women, Henry said. Shaggers pay $5 to participate, with the money going to the S.O.S. Charitable Foundation.

This is the latest in a flurry of Guinness record attempts along the Grand Strand this year, including a failed effort in Myrtle Beach to break the record for the most people dancing to “The Twist” during a spring festival featuring Chubby Checker. Dancers scattered too soon before setting the record after Checker took the stage in a different area.

Henry isn’t worried about the beach’s 0-for-1 track record for dancing into the record books.

“It’s going to come together,” she said.