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, 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 workshops during Fall & Spring SOS and also teaching during DJ Throwdown at Ducks. Also, they enjoy teaching locally and traveling regionally to Dance Events to teach Shag workshops. They have also been invited to Swing Events along the east coast of the United States to showcase and teach the Shag! They enjoy giving back to their shag community!!
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. Ashley and 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 2015 board member as the CSA Club Liaison. Ashley and 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!
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