Toss off those sweaters and pull out the Hawaiian shirts because "it's shag time again."
The forecast calls for summer moods and beach music when the ever-popular local band The Headliners performs at 7 p.m. today at Pinckney Hall in Sun City Hilton Head.
South Carolina's state dance â€" the shag â€" will be prominent on the dance floor.
Don't know how to do the shag? Just come and enjoy dancing, but if you would like to learn, here are a few very basic steps, thanks to Sun City residents Sam and Susan Rowan.
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If you can count to six, twice, you can do the basic moves, said Sam, who is president of the Sun City Ballroom Dance Club.
"When people are first learning, you can hear them counting on the dance floor: one-a-two, three-a-four, five, six," he said.
With the man's left hand holding the woman's right, the partners take one step toward each other and then step back, all in time to a 4/4 beat. Think of "Mustang Sally," "I Love Beach Music" or "Carolina Girl," all popular shag tunes.
The shag became popular in the 1950s when teens wanted to dance to all the popular rhythm-and-blues music. Because of segregation, the favorite black R&B singers and bands couldn't get into clubs to play, and teens weren't allowed in bars.
"Everyone went to Myrtle Beach and danced in the sand," Sam said. "It was the only place both groups could get together and dance to the musicians."
That made for a crowded beach, limiting the dancing that could go on, wich gave birth to the shag -- a "slot" dance.
"It's like dancing on a diving board," Sam said. "You don't need any more space than the couple takes up. It became so popular South Carolina made it the state dance in 1984. It's easy to do, especially the basics."
The benefit of doing the basic back-and-forth steps, Sam said, was it left one hand free to hold one's beverage. After a while, doing the same thing over and over gets boring, and dancers learned how to do underarm turns. Then there was the favorite step called the "belly rub."
"Not everyone can do the shag. Many people come to the Ballroom Dance Club social nights and do swing or the jitterbug," Sam said. "More people know how to do them, but they're related so if you can do them, you can do the shag."
Tickets to the Headliners are $12 at Lifestyle Services. Doors and a cash bar open at 6:30 p.m.