On June 08, 2018 the OD Shag Club Dance Team was invited to dance for the National DayliliesConvention at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from 6:30-‐8:30pm.
As the team arrived to dance, there were lots of activities going on for those attending the convention from displays of Daylilies, to Photo Ops along with funny props and of course their dinner and awards banquet.
The dance team arrived on stage to entertain almost 600 plus attendees between their dinner and awards. As we began our demonstration, there was a new “music technician” at the helm, as John Setzer was filling in for Lou Martino, who unfortunately was in the hospital and couldn’t be with us. He was truly missed that night. However, John did a fantastic job!
Those in attendance were Barbara Hopper, Connie Livingston, Cherie Patalik, Bill and Diane Millman, Cathy and Rich Jamiolkowski, Burnie and Donna Williams, John and Lorie Setzer, Ted Sobol and Callie White and Linda Campbell.
Yes, it was raining when we got there and it was a wet morning at 6AM on Sunday May 6, 2018, for the Divas Marathon in North Myrtle Beach, but the enthusiasm of the runners and the joy that they showed the ODSC Dance Team was well worth being there.
We arrived around 6:15AM to set up the sound system in the rain. We had to set up in the back of Lou’s car with umbrellas to try to keep dry. When all of a sudden, Bill Millman brings a large beach umbrella so we moved under the beach umbrella to set up.
Around 7AM the rain became a drizzle and by 7:30AM the rain stopped. It was a little wet and damp, but it didn’t keep these runners from running. This was one of the largest marathons the Divas have run. There were all kinds and types of tutus and outfits.
What was very impressive were the handicapped runners and the runners (some were volunteers) pushing the handicapped in their wheelchairs. There were mothers pushing their babies and one lady was even pushing her cat.
We stood along the sidelines and encouraged the runners and danced around 15-minute intervals. This year there were so many runners. They just kept coming and coming. Most of the runners gave the dance team high fives as they ran along our area. They really enjoyed the music as Lou played “Pump up the Jam” and upbeat Shag music.
This year even the spectators got into the music “YMCA”, “Chicken Dance” and of course more Shag music. But it was all about the runners and how they enjoyed this run. One by stander was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the dance team that as the Race Director in Sunset Beach he invited the ODSC Dance Team to perform at their race in two weeks.
And then there is Lenny, our own dance team member, who just had to dance with as many runners as he could (see the pictures on the website). Your president, also got into it, with other spectators doing the electric slide and even the chicken dance with a young’n.
Across the street others were showing their moves. It wasn’t shagging, but they were having a large time. Even Mary Poppins showed up. Like one runner showed his sign “Sexy is as Sexy Does Run Baby Run”. There was such a variety of happenings going on.
This was a very fun event. I would like to thank Katherine Stimson Events for having the ODSC Dance Team at this event. Hope to see them all next year.
A big thank you goes out to the ODSC Dance Team for dancing at this event: Cathy Jamiolkowski, Rich Jamiolkowski, John Setzer, Lori Setzer, Barbara Hopper, Lenny Gardner, Linda Campbell, Lou Martino, Diane Millman and Bill Millman.
Photos by Lou Martino
On May 2, 2018 the OD Shag Club Dance Team was invited to the Clerk of Courts of South Carolina Conference at Kingston Plantation from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.
We were contacted by Dot Smith for this event for Cheryl Graham of Dorchester County of South Carolina. There were 2 clerks from the 46 counties of South Carolina representing their county present. A few clerks already knew how to shag so this group was not new to the dance.
We arrived around 6:30PM and were invited to have dinner. After we ate, Linda Campbell our spokesperson was introduced by Dot Smith along with Cheryl Graham. Linda gave a brief history of the shag dance and then introduced the members of our team.
Each team couple danced for our minute and a half to demonstrate the different styles of our team. Our team does not choreograph or dance as a team but show case steps that the non shaggers will not be intimidated by more advance steps. We want non shaggers to feel comfortable getting up and trying to learn.
This was a very enthusiastic group. We were able to get approximately 30 clerks onto the dance floor. They were quick learners. After about 5-7 minutes of instructions, we taught them to dance to music. There was a lot of discussion as to what else we could teach them.
This was a fun group to work with. After the instructions each member of the team danced with the future shaggers of the Clerk of Courts. A follow up call to Dot Smith was very positive. She said that they had a wonderful time and stayed after to dance to the band. She didn’t know if they were shagging but they were having a great time.
Thank you, Dot Smith and Cheryl Graham Clerk of Courts for inviting us to your conference.
A special thank you to the ODSC Dance Team members that danced at this event: Bill Millman, Diane Millman, John Setzer, Lori Setzer, Lou Martino, Linda Campbell, Burnie Williams, and Donna Williams.
Photos by Lou Martino