Shag Dance Instructors

Don Bunn –   Featured Shag Dance Instructor – Don Bunn SPA Shag Dance Contest 1991

“I love the SHAG and the people that are involved in shagging. It was a great honor to be elected into the Shagger’s Hall of Fame.” Don was born in Goldsboro and grew up in Rosewood, outside of Goldsboro, and after graduating from Goldsboro High School he went on to East Carolina.


He always loved to dance. While living in Greenville he met and became friends with a neighbor by the name of Charlie Womble. Although Charlie was already a good dancer – but before he was a great dancer – he convinced Don to get involved in the dance, which he did. Don entered his first contest in 1980 at Gary’s in Rocky Mount. During the first few months of competition he moved from The Novice to The Pro. Don’s top placement in the National Shag Dance Championship came when he finished in 2nd place behind his mentors Charlie Womble and Jackie McGee.

Currently, he teaches both beginners and intermediate dancers at TJs Nightlife with his dance
partner, Debbie Peterson. He’s also available for private lessons and workshops at both TJs and in his personal studio in Raleigh. Providing Shag instruction occupies most of Don’s shagging time. He is, additionally, an active member of The Raleigh Shag Club where he served as president in 2005.

SOSParadeHe travels to shag activities throughout the southeastern US including The Grand National Dance Championship in Atlanta, the National Shag Dance Championship in Myrtle Beach and SOS migrations in North Myrtle Beach. Don is loved by many and has had bestowed upon him many honors but he’s one of our own and we count him among our good friends. He’s a real ICON in his own time. Congratulations to Don Bunn.





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