Shag classes in full swing at The Pilot Center


By Aila Boyd - aboyd@civitasmedia.com



Donna and Brendon Nolte practice their dancing as instructor Pat Adkins observes their techniques.


Sharon Walker and James Joyce dance along to the music as Pat Adkins offers directions.


Pat Adkins isn’t called “the Energizer bunny” for nothing, often teaching up to 15 dance classes per week and now she has shifted her focus to shag classes at The Pilot Center.

Adkins described shag as a southern style of dance that originated in the North and South Carolina costal areas.

Adkins recently instructed a group of eager dancers the precise moves needed to master the dance.

“Most everyone likes shag out of everything I teach, it’s very easy to learn,” Adkins said of the dance. “It’s so much fun, but you need a partner, it’s a partner dance.”

The next class will be held on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. and a new group of classes will start on August 4.

“If you aren’t happy when you come in, you will be when you leave, it’s a good stress reliever,” Adkins said of the classes.

Sharon Walker, a seasoned dancer, partnered with James Joyce for the dance, with the class being the first time he’s attempted shag.

“I love shag, it’s something I’ve been doing for 50 some years. It has improved my health according to my doctor,” Walker said.

In addition to the shag classes, Adkins is hopping to drum up interest in clogging classes as well.

Donna and Brendon Nolte practice their dancing as instructor Pat Adkins observes their techniques.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_2734.jpgDonna and Brendon Nolte practice their dancing as instructor Pat Adkins observes their techniques.

Sharon Walker and James Joyce dance along to the music as Pat Adkins offers directions.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_2725.jpgSharon Walker and James Joyce dance along to the music as Pat Adkins offers directions.

By Aila Boyd

aboyd@civitasmedia.com

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