Shagging for Hope

by Samantha Santana
Monday, January 13, 2014

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The Sand Band performs at the East Coast Shag Classic at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on Feb. 16, 2013.

People are putting on their dancing shoes in anticipation of the Third Annual East Coast Shag Classic, which takes place Thursday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. 

The three-day getaway will be full of beach band concerts, shag dancing and gourmet food while benefitting Women of Hope, a nonprofit organization that supports women battling cancer and their caregivers.

On Thursday, guests will rock out to The Craig Woolard Band’s beach tunes. Musical sensation Jim Quick and Coastline will debut on Friday. On Saturday, the beach music continues with Band of Oz as the headliner. Sunday morning will include Gospel Train with Joey Warren and The Big Kahuna. Sunday’s Gospel Train Hour is free to the public and includes The Joey Warren Show, nominated for a Carolina Beach Music Award as Syndicated Radio Show of the Year.

Guests will also receive a shag bag filled with goodies from sponsors, and can participate in a silent auction Saturday evening.

Event chair Penny Millis said auction items up for bid will include recliners, TVs, jewelry, wine glasses and much more. 

 “You’re supporting a charity,” Millis said. “You’re supporting education awareness and financial assistance. Not only are you supporting the survivors, but the caregivers as well. … We love beach music, and we have people come every year to these classics. It’s like a reunion. But the biggest reason why we’re [here] is to support these women.”

New this year, the Survivor’s Reception will be an opportunity to learn more about the Women of Hope and the survivors of cancer and their caregivers. 

The event would not be called the East Coast Shag Classic without a little shagging. All skill levels can receive shag and line dancing lessons from Ken and Sandy Jones, two professionals, on both Friday and Saturday.

A 2013 attendee of the Shagging for Hope weekend getaway was 68-year-old Long Leaf Acres resident Judith Brooks who recalls the most memorable part of the experience is testimonies from Women of Hope who received help from guests attending the event. 

“For me, that was the most inspirational part,” Brooks said. “When you see the survivors and dance, it just gives you a whole new perspective on life.”

Band concert tickets can be purchased individually for $30. To view the East Shag Classic’s schedule and ticket options, visit

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