Stepping into Fat Harold's Beach Club was more like stepping back in time-back in time to the 40s, 50s, or 60s. You see, Fat Harold's is a dance club. It's a dance club that specializes in teaching the Carolina Shag- the state dance of North and South Carolina. Any child of the 80s may remember a teen movie of the very same name.
Harold's isn't all that fancy
inside. The lighting is dim, perhaps to keep the patrons from getting a
closer look at the worn pile carpet. The bar is set off to the left side
of the room leaving most of the area of the establishment free for a large
wooded dance floor and a dj booth. Tuesday night the place offers free
shag lessons to anyone who wants them, so tonight when my group walked in to
check out the local scene we were greeted by a full dance floor. Two
instructors stood in the front mic'd up so all could hear the dance steps being
I wasn't there to learn.
Simply stated- I don't have much rhythm. Counting and stepping at the
same time would not be something in my wheelhouse. I watched as 50 or so
others practiced the eight-step dance. The teaching was slow going.
Eventually break-time arrived and the real dancers took over. The
four or five couples that took the floor were a little older, about 60 or so. Couples
danced together- in step and in time. They glided across the dance floor
like they were gliding in from another era.
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