Shag can trace its origins to the southern United States during the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s. One of the earliest documented references to a dance called "Carolina Shag" appears in a Helen Powell Poole article in 1936. Whether this article refers to an early version of the contemporary dance by the same name is still a matter of debate, as some historians claim that Carolina Shag is a descendant of Carolina Jitterbug, and its predecessor, Little Apple (whose origins can supposedly be traced to Columbia, South Carolina, in 1937). These historians claim that a slower six-count variation of Carolina Jitterbug (which is eight-count) was what gave rise to contemporary Carolina Shag.

Learn to dance the Shag at Emerald City Ballroom.