About Us...


On March 15, 1993, a group of people (Shaggers, obviously!) met at Meeting Street (logical place) in Shallotte, NC, with the purpose of forming a Shag Club.  They stated the following reasons:  1) Promote Shag Dancing, 2) Social Interaction, 3) Meet with other Clubs, 4) Sponsor a Charity, and 5) Form a Club for Fun and Charity.  The organization would form with a minimum of 25 Charter Members.  Any new members would have to make a commitment to attend the meetings at their new home base, Meeting Street.  Everyone joining would also be asked to serve on a committee or in some capacity.

It was decided on March 29, 1993, that the Club name would be the Society of Brunswick Shaggers, also known as the “SOBS”.  The aforementioned slate of officers was installed and the By-Laws were accepted.  There is no mention of who authored the original By-Laws. By the April 19, 1993 meeting, there were 42 members!  (No Socials YET!)  All of the new members had to be “sponsored” by a current member and voted in by a majority of the members present! The first Club social was held on May 15, 1993.  There were 65 to 70 in attendance and everyone was thrilled.  The SOBS were officially out of the gate. 

The purpose of our Club in 1993 was – and remains today “to perpetuate and preserve the Shag Dance; to perpetuate and preserve Beach Music and the atmosphere surrounding the Dance; and to create and maintain an environment conducive to the Dance.”

For a complete history of our club thru March 2013, click here... SOBS History

For our SOBS By-Laws (revised April, 2016), click here... SOBS By-Laws

Our Current Board Members...

Mark Trull, President

I was born in Charlotte and spent the later part of my childhood in Germany. After high school I joined the Air Force and served 4 years active duty and 5 years in the NC Air National Guard. I recently retired after 24 years in public service. Three and a half years ago I didn't know how to dance. What sparked my interest was a family wedding where I knew there would be plenty of dancing and I wanted to be able to participate in the festivities. So I started taking lessons with my lovely wife April who already had more rhythm than I. Shortly thereafter we joined the SOB's and try not to miss a dance. It is a wonderful group of people willing to share their experiences and love of shag.


Greg Loomis, Vice-President

Born in Lancaster, PA and raised in Allentown, PA I am a Yankee whose heart is now in the South. After high school I went to Furman University in Greenville, SC where I was first introduced to Shag dancing. I received my ROTC commission from Furman, spent a year at Fort Sill, OK and then a year in Viet Nam as fire direction officer for a heavy artillery battery. Following the service I spent 38 years in the plastic industry mostly in sales for plastic processing machinery. I met my wife, Anne, in Lexington, KY 23 years ago.We moved to Punta Gorda, FL where we were married by a boat captain. We found our way to Southport 3 years ago and love it here. The weather, the people and the dancing keep our spirits at a high level. We took Shag lessons from Chuck and Sandy and continue to learn new steps every week. I eagerly look forward to serving our fellow SOBS as vice president.


Karen Critcher, Secretary

I was born in Virginia but spent my high school and college years in Fayetteville, NC going to the Azalea Festivals, OD and practicing my shag dancing with door knobs. My husband Bill and I were in Dallas, Texas for 40 years. Twenty of those years I spent working for Southwest Airlines in Public Relations and as a flight attendant. The latter 20 years I spent raising our only son. We moved to Oak Island in 2013 when Bill retired from United Airlines. SOBS was a great way to meet new friends, connect to our new community and introduce Bill to the world of shagging.


Anne Loomis, Treasurer

I was born in Paintsville, KY and resided there until I left for college, where I prepared to become an elementary teacher.During those teaching years I raised three children, two daughters and one son, while earning a Master’s Degree and becoming certified as a writing coach through the National Writing Project. After a forty year teaching career, that included retiring from both Kentucky and Florida, I retired for good. For 7 years I served as treasurer of Florida Gamma Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization for women teachers.Greg and I have always wanted to take dancing lessons and tried once while we lived in Florida.We became interested in Shag Dancing after our move to Southport three years ago.We signed up for lessons with Chuck and Sandy…and as they say, “The rest is history!”


Joe Malinowski, Newsletter/Webmaster/Membership

My wife Kathy and I both grew up in Detroit, MI. After the USAF and a deployment to Vietnam, I saw that staying in Michigan was not an option any more. After 30+ years in information technology with the IRS and 9 years as a government contractor, we retired to Winding River Plantation here in Bolivia, NC. It was due to our vacations to North Myrtle Beach and seeing the incredible dancing at the OD Pavilion that we got hooked on shag dancing. After taking lessons from Henry and Johnnie Webster, John Hutton and Katy O'Neill and Chuck and Sandy Boney, it was inevitable that we would join the Society of Brunswick Shaggers. It has been one of the best things we have enjoyed since moving down here in 2010. I'm the Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster. Hope you enjoy both!


Society of Brunswick Shaggers

P.O. Box 274

Oak Island, NC 28465