Beach Shaggers National
Hall Of Fame
The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame is sometimes also known as the “Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame,” the “Shaggers Hall of Fame” or just the “Hall of Fame”). It is the original Hall of Fame for shag dancers and is generally considered the most prestigious organization honoring proficient shag dancers (wherever from or residing) who deserve special recognition for their contributions to shag dancing, its music and the atmosphere in which it historically has been cultivated and enjoyed. For these reasons, the names of this Hall of Fame and its sponsoring corporation were changed in December 2014 to incorporate the word “National.” The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame is presently located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, SC, on its sidewalks and in the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort.
The Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame was “conceptualized” by Rick Hubbard of Greenville, SC and came into existence with the first inductees in April 1983. Its original officers and directors were Jean Allen Ferguson (Chairman of the Board), Charles Boone (Secretary), Nelson Burton, James Dingler, Harry Driver, “Weezie” Rogers Vickery, and Joan Mabry Yarbrough Owen. Rick Hubbard was President and an “ex officio,” non-voting director.
Similar to the current procedures, from its beginning each new inductee into the Hall of Fame was given the right to one vote at meetings during the following year, and annually four males and four females were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Initially the inductees were to be chosen from people (i) who had been “on the beach” prior to 1955 (later enlarged to include people “on the beach” after that), (ii) who had contributed to the Shag by expanding and refining the dance, and (iii) who had continued shag dancing “during either a period of resurgence...or while...in a dormant period or period of remission.” (Note: shag dancing was generally dormant or in remission from the late sixties to the late seventies).
In late 1995 Chick Hedrick and Harry Driver purchased the names and all of the other assets (including pictures, memorabilia and biographical and historical information) of the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame. They remained the owners and continued the Hall of Fame until Harry’s death in 1998 after which Chick purchased all of Harry’s interests in the Hall of Fame and its assets. In late 2000 Chick gratuitously transferred the names and other Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame assets to a new, independently governed, non-profit South Carolina Corporation, originally named “Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc."
Since 2000 the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame has been carried on as a part of Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc., which changed its name to Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame in late 2014. The primary purpose of the corporation is to serve as the “umbrella” for three distinct categories of memberships:
1. Shagattack Members are individuals (including Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame members and Keepers of the Dance) who join “Shagattack” on an annual basis for the purpose of attending the two social functions sponsored by the corporation in honor of the new inductees and other members of the Hall of Fame and Keepers of the Dance. Learn more about Shagattack memberships from shagattack.org which has a link on this website.
2. Keepers of the Dance Members are individuals (one male and one female) selected annually by the corporation’s Keepers of the Dance Committee from a list of young people who are at least 25 years old, participated in Shag events as juniors (under 21) and have helped insure the continuation of the dance, its music and the atmosphere in which it is cultivated and enjoyed. Learn more about the Keepers of the Dance from Keepers Of The Dance.com which has a link on this website.
3. Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame Members are all of the previously elected Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame members regardless of the year of election and the ownership of the sponsoring organization. The corporation changed the name of this membership category contemporaneously with the change of its corporate name in December 2014. More about becoming Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame members is discussed below.
The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame corporation is operated by a four person Board of Directors known as the Executive Board, the members of which must be members of the Hall of Fame. The Executive Board appoints: the officers of the corporation, a six member Advisory Board, the Keepers of the Dance Committee and an eight-member Selection Committee.
The current members of the Executive Board and their offices are:
Sam McIntosh, President
Roger Burris, Vice President
Bob Myrick, Vice President & Chairman of Keepers of the Dance
Bill Drew, Executive Director/Treasurer
The other corporate officers are:
Wanda Holliday-Yow, Secretary
Judy Eastwood, Shagattack Membership Coordinator
The Advisory Board serves as advisor to the Executive Board, but Advisory Board members have no vote in the affairs of the corporation except for those Advisory Board members who also serve as members of the Selection Committee.
ELECTION OF HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
Each year all new Hall of Fame members (except Honorary members) must be elected from the List of Nominees. This List of Nominees consists of those individuals who in prior years were added to the list at the spring meetings by a member of the Executive Board, the Selection Committee or a voting new Hall of Fame inductee. At the time a person is added to the list, he or she must be at least 49 years old, generally recognized as a proficient shag dancer and, in the opinion of the person making the nomination, deserves special recognition for his or her contributions to shag dancing, its music and the atmosphere in which it is cultivated and enjoyed.
Each Spring eight new members (four males and four females) of the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame are elected by the combined vote of (i) the Selection Committee and (ii) the prior year’s new Hall of Fame inductees. While members of the Advisory Board are eligible to serve on the Selection Committee, no member of the Executive Board may serve on the Selection Committee or have any vote on these eight new members.
In addition to the regular admission process, the Executive Board may annually elect one or two individuals to the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame in each of the following categories: “Charlie Boone” members, “Posthumous” members and “Honorary” members. “Charlie Boone” members and “Posthumous” members must be chosen from the List of Nominees and otherwise meet all of the qualifications for membership in the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame. Only twelve persons have been elected as “Charlie Boone” members. “Honorary” members may or may not meet the qualifications required of the other categories, but nevertheless deserve to be members because of their unique contributions to shag dancing, its music or the atmosphere in which it is enjoyed.
Over the years the location of the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame members’ pictures and biographies has changed several times, and they are currently located in the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort in the Ocean Drive Section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame members’ names and induction dates are also engraved on pavers located in the sidewalks on Main Street in Ocean Drive. Pictures and biographical information are also included in other sections of this website.
HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION
The Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame should not be confused with the Hall of Fame Foundation. The Foundation is a completely separate, non-member charitable organization. While the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame supports and maintains close ties with the Hall of Fame Foundation, the Foundation is managed and operated independently. Find out more about the Hall of Fame Foundation at its website which can be found as a link to this site.