Carolina Shag Instructors, Ashley & Tobitha Stewart from China Grove, NC, have been competing on the Shag circuits together since 2008. They also enjoy competing in the National Shag Dance Championships in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and the USA Grand National Dance Champions in Atlanta, GA each year. 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 enjoy teaching locally and traveling regionally to Shag Events to teach workshops! Both are very involved in the social and competition aspect of Carolina Shag. They both serve with the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) to help preserve the dance. Currently, Ashley has served the last four years (including 2013) on the Board of Directors of the Competitive Shaggers Association and was President for 2011and 2012.
Tobitha served a two year stint on the Board in 2010 and 2011, and has been on the Junior Shag Contest Advisory Committee for 2012 and 2013. They are instrumental and extremely committed to the advancement of the Junior Shaggers. They are the directors of the Junior Shag Dance Team of the Carolinas, "Shag Fever". Dancing is their love and passion, and they love competing as well as teaching! Tobitha is a North Carolina REALTOR and Ashley is in Medical Sales. Also, Ashley is a 2001 graduate of East Carolina University and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese, Go Pirates!!