Carolina Shag Instructors, Ashley & Tobitha Stewart from China Grove, NC, have been competing on the Shag circuits together since 2008. They were recently inducted into National Living Legends of Dance in 2015. Ashley & Tobitha enjoy competing in the National Shag Dance Championships in North Myrtle Beach, SC, the USA Grand National Dance Champions in Atlanta, GA, the US Open Swing Dance Championships in Burbank, CA, as well as competing on the CSA Circuit (Competitive Shaggers Association).
They would consider their dance, the Carolina Shag, as being a dance with extremely deep roots, a sub-culture that is self-sustaining and a lifestyle that once it has infected you; it is very hard to leave behind. Ashley & Tobitha have been instructing Shag since 2009. They look forward each year to teaching during DJ Throwdown at Ducks and at the OD Arcade during SOS. Also, they enjoy teaching locally & traveling regionally to Shag Dance Events to teach Shag workshops. They have also been invited to Swing Events along the east coast of the United States to showcase & teach the Shag! They enjoy giving back to their shag community!!
Both are very involved in the social & competition aspect of Carolina Shag. They both are members of the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) to help preserve the dance. Ashley & Tobitha have served on the Board of Directors of the Competitive Shaggers Association for numerous years. Ashley is the Past President for 2011 and 2012. He is currently a 2016 board member as the CSA Club Liaison. Ashley & Tobitha are the event directors for the CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest won contest of the year in 2013, 2014, & 2015!
They are instrumental & extremely committed to the advancement of the Junior Shaggers. They also are involved with the management of The Junior Shag Dance Team. Dancing is their love & passion! They love competing as well as teaching! Tobitha is a North Carolina REALTOR & Ashley is in Medical Sales. Also, Ashley is a 2001 graduate of East Carolina University & speaks fluent Spanish & Portuguese, Go Pirates!