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, 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 enjoy teaching locally and traveling regionally to Dance Events to teach Shag workshops.
They have also been invited to Swing Events (Ft. Lauderdale Swing & Shag Beach Bash & Swingapoolza) to showcase and teach the Shag! Both are very involved in the social and competition aspect of Carolina Shag. They both are members of the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) to help preserve the dance.They are the event directors for the CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest at Swillies Hideaway. They are instrumental and extremely committed to the advancement of the Junior Shaggers. They also are involved with the Junior Shag Dance Team. 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!!
Ashley & Tobitha Stewart