Carolina Shag Dance Veterans Jackie McGee And Charlie Womble Still Have The Moves

For over four decades, Jackie McGee and Charlie Womble have been the dynamic duo of competitive dancing. Since 1981, this married couple has wowed audiences and judges alike, amassing an impressive collection of awards and honors. Their reign includes an astounding twelve-year undefeated streak in over 300 competitions, with nine wins out of the first ten America’s National Shag Dance competitions.

Their prowess on the dance floor became so legendary that the trophy for the National Shag Dance competition was redesigned in their honor. But even as they entered their sixties in 2013, McGee and Womble showed no signs of slowing down. That year, at the ShagAtlanta ACSC Summer Workshop, they treated the audience to a mesmerizing exhibition dance that left everyone in awe.

To the soulful tunes of “Be Myself Again” by Eric Benet, McGee and Womble showcased their unmatched talent and athleticism. Starting with graceful shuffles and turns, they gradually picked up the pace, captivating the crowd with their lightning-fast footwork and hypnotic leg movements. Womble’s agile spins and McGee’s elegant steps were a testament to their decades-long partnership and deep connection.

Their performance, filled with joy and passion, earned thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. As the presenter aptly put it, “It don’t get no better than that.” The video of their exhibition dance has since garnered over 14 million views on YouTube, a testament to the enduring appeal of their artistry.

The Carolina Shag, characterized by its fast-paced beach music from the 1950s and 1960s, has been their dance of choice since they started teaching and competing in 1981. Beyond their impressive dance careers, McGee and Womble have also been champions of their community, establishing scholarship programs for junior shag dancers and supporting various charitable causes, including cancer research and aiding abused women.

Their story serves as an inspiration, showcasing not only their remarkable talent but also their commitment to each other and their community. As they continue to dazzle audiences with their performances, Jackie McGee and Charlie Womble will undoubtedly remain shining examples of excellence in the world of dance.

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