Carolina Shag Instructors, Ashley & Tobitha Stewart from Landis, NC, have been competing on the Shag circuits together since 2008. They were inducted into National Living Legends of Dance in 2015. Ashley & Tobitha enjoy competing at the National Shag Dance Championships in North Myrtle Beach, SC, the USA Grand National Dance Champions in Atlanta, GA, US Open Swing Dance Championships in Burbank, CA, as well as competing on the CSA Circuit in the Professional Division (Competitive Shaggers Association). Tobitha is the 2017 & 2018 Grand National Dance Championship Master Shag Champion with her partner Jay Rollins and also the 2018 National Shag Dance Senior Champion with her partner Jay.
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 during DJ Throwdown at Ducks and at the OD Arcade during SOS. Also, they enjoy teaching locally & traveling regionally to Shag Dance Events to teach Shag workshops. They have also been invited to Swing Events along the east & west coast of the United States to showcase & teach the Shag! They enjoy giving back to their shag community!!
Both are very involved in the social & competition aspect of Carolina Shag. They both are members of the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) to help preserve the dance. Ashley & 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 2017 board member as the CSA Club Liaison. Ashley & Tobitha are the event directors for the CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest in Mooresville, NC. The CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest won contest of the year in 2013, 2014, & 2015.
Tobitha is always looking for ways to spread her love for shag! In 2015 Shag Basics was born! Tobitha and Jennifer Cannon designed a T-shirt brand to spread their love for shag! The Shag Basics brand is about more than spreading Shag! It’s a way of life and a style of clothing with great slogans like “Good Times Essential” and “Shaggin in the Carolinas” and many more to come! There are plenty of T-shirt companies in the world, but Shag Basics’s mission sets itself apart with a mission statement that goes beyond fun clothing: to spread the power of Shag!
Ashley and Tobitha are also instrumental & extremely committed to the advancement of the Junior Shaggers. They also are involved with the management of The Junior Shag Dance Team. Dancing is their love & passion! They love competing as well as teaching! Tobitha is a North Carolina REALTOR & Ashley is in Medical Sales. Also, Ashley is a 2001 graduate of East Carolina University & speaks fluent Spanish & Portuguese, Go Pirates!! Visit there website at: www.CarolinaShagLessons.com.