Television show spotlighting shag dance style airs

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 6:09 PM
Last updated 8:10 PM
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Johnny Hensley is making sure an old Southern dance doesn’t disappear.

Hensley, star of the old Augusta rock ’n’ roll band Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots, hosts a television show spotlighting the shag dance style. New episodes of Johnny Hensley’s Shag City will air in the Augusta and Aiken areas beginning tonight.

Three episodes of the television show were recently taped at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken. Twenty couples danced to old beach music hits and more modern songs such as Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now.

“My goal is to take it nationally. With all the popular dance shows right now, there’s never been a national dance craze since the late ‘50s, early ‘60s with what they called the twist,” Hensley said.

The show originated three years ago when Hensley’s band performed a reunion show at the Imperial Theatre. He invited members of the CSRA Shag Club to dance in the aisles and balcony.

“What we are trying to do is get people back into the movement and remind them of what we did in the old days at the beach,” he said.


Watch the show tonight at 8 p.m. on cable or online at

Tune in to WBEK-TV on Comcast channel 103, Knology channel 151 or Charter channel 95.

To dance on an upcoming show taping, contact the show’s executive producer, Lynda Williamson at (706) 836-9192 or

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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 02/06/12 - 05:46 am
I've come across the show a

I've come across the show a couple of times on TV. At first I thought it was a hoot, but then I saw how much fun the dancers were having. Also liked that Johnny wasn't a camera hog on the show...he knows that the viewers want to listen to the music and watch the dancers.

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