It happened one fateful night when Rick Hendrix and Liz Kestler (formerly Libby Hendrix) went dancing. While others danced the West Coast Swing, Rick and Liz danced the beautiful, smooth, and sensual Carolina Shag. When she saw them, Dee Bassett said; “I want to do that!”
The Northern Virginia Shag Club began right then, in that moment, as a thought, a dream, a desire to “do that.” Dance that beautiful dance. Soon a small band of future shaggers formed. Enchanted by the elegance, grace and intricacy of the mirror steps, they wanted to learn to shag from Rick and Liz.
The first informal meeting took place at Blackie’s Steak House, Déjà Vu Room, in June 1993. Fifteen founding members paid $15 in dues that evening and the club was BORN.
Dee Bassett took on the role of President; Dave Rapson, Treasurer; Donna Harrington, Advertising; Sherri Bassham, Newsletter; and Rick Hendrix and Liz Kestler, Instructors
Followed shortly by new members: Larry Boyer, Dickie Gee and Charlie Price