Patricia Blackmon

Area of Instruction at CPCC: Shag Dance

About me: Carolina Shag is the state dance of both Carolinas. I enjoy sharing its history and passing it on to new people. Teaching at CPCC gives me this opportunity!

    Career accomplishments:
    • Studied dance at Columbia and Coker College
    • Children’s dance: tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz, clogging, baton, hip-hop, tumbling, Jr. Shag
    • Adult Dance: Belly dance for exercise and Dancercize, Carolina Shag and Line Dance

    Experience in your field:
    • Started dancing at age 3 and continued through high school
    • Opened my own dance school in 1970 for YMCA of Camden, S.C.
    • Managed Georgetown, S.C., gymnastics and dance from 1990 to 1996.
    • Background in tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz, clogging, baton, belly dance for exercise and dancercize.
    • Taught Carolina Shag through the city recreation departments in Camden, Sumter, Georgetown, Surfside, and Hartsville, S.C.
    • Currently teach through recreation departments in Concord, Asheboro, Siler City and Harrisburg, N.C.
    • Official shag instructor for Dennis Vineyards of Albemarle, N.C., The Oasis Shiners’ and The Oasis Shag Club in Charlotte, N.C.


    Affiliations/Recognitions:

    • President of The Society of Tarheel Shaggers
    • Member of Camden/Lugoff Shag Society since 1987
    • 2005 Wall of Fame Inductee For CLASS Shag Club
    • Attended the very first SOS in 1980
    • SOS member since 1984
    • Southern Shagger Certified Instructor since 1995
    • Charter member of the South Strand Shag Club
    • Helped form the Hartsville, S.C. Shag club
    • Featured in ETV Film (on the Shag) in Sumter, S.C.