Learn About Charlie & Jackie

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CHARLIE WOMBLE AND JACKIE MCGEE HAVE BEEN DANCING, COMPETING AND TEACHING TOGETHER SINCE 1981. THEY WENT UNDEFEATED FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED 12 YEARS WHILE COMPETING IN OVER 300 COMPETITIONS. THEY WON THE NATIONAL SHAG DANCE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP 9 OUT OF ITS FIRST 10 YEARS!

Awards and Achievements

  • National Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame
  • National Swing Dance Hall of Fame
  • National Boppers Hall of Fame
  • National Living Legends of Dance Inductees
  • Awardees of Shaggers of the Decade From Fat Harold's Beach Club (1990)
  • First Recipients of the Shad Alberty Award for Contributions to the Shag Community
  • Recipients of the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award From the Society of Stranders (SOS)
  • Captains of the National Shag Dance Team for Five Years
  • 9- and 10-Time National Overall Shag Dance Champions
  • Two-Time National Shag Senior Division Champions
  • National Shag Masters Division Champions
  • Two Tme USA Grand National Masters Champions
  • US Open Classic Swing Dance Champions
  • US Open Team Champions
  • Recipients of the Feather Award for Most Outstanding Swing Dancers
  • Recipients of the Feather Award for Most Outstanding Classic Swing Dancers
  • Recipients of the Special Feather Award “New Wave” for Introducing Carolina Shag to the Swing Community
  • Recipient of the National Shag Dance Promotion Award

 In 2001, Jackie won her 10th title with Sam West, making her the only female to hold that many wins. The National Shag Dance Championship trophy was called the Charlie and Jackie in their honor. Their likeness was actually replicated as the trophy. They are also two-time winners of the National Shag Senior Division and winners of the National Shag Masters Division.

In 1989, Charlie and Jackie introduced the Carolina Shag to the US Open Swing Dance Championships in California and began teaching Carolina Shag workshops at dance events across the country. As founders and directors of the USA Grand National Dance Championship that was held in Atlanta Georgia for 16 years, Charlie and Jackie worked to help unite the various swing communities and expose the dancers and the styles to one another.


In 1991, they won the US Open Team Division and in 1996, Charlie and Jackie became the first couple from the Shag community to win the US Open Swing Championship. In 2003, Charlie and Jackie became the first and only Shag couple to be inducted into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Because of their introduction of the Shag to the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship in California, the Open had its first Shag division in 1996. Charlie and Jackie were named cocaptains of the first National Shag Dance Championship Dance Team in 1993 and continued as cocaptains through 1997.


The pair was recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives for their contributions to the preservation of the Shag and they are considered worldwide as ambassadors of the dance. In June 1994, Charlie and Jackie received a bronze star on the Sun Fun Celebrity Boardwalk in North Myrtle Beach, SC. They have appeared on Good Morning America six times and CBS Morning Show, and the Steve Harvey Show promoting the Shag. Charlie and Jackie are six-time recipients of the prestigious Feather Award in the dance world. The Feather event, which encompassed all dances and styles worldwide, was considered the Academy Awards of dance. The event was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.


In 1996, Charlie and Jackie were honored with the New Wave Award. This award was created just for Charlie and Jackie and this was the only time it was ever presented. The New Wave Award was given to the pair for introducing the Carolina Shag to the dance world. A Guinness World Record for the Largest Group Carolina Shag Dance was set with 744 synchronized people performing the Dance of the South under Jackie McGee's directions during the SOS Fall Migration in 2011. In 2012, The National Fast Dance Association inducted Charlie and Jackie into the National Boppers Hall of Fame. Charlie and Jackie have also been and remain involved in numerous charity efforts.


In 1995, Charlie and Jackie started the very first junior scholarship award in the world of shag to assist junior shaggers to continue their education. This award was called the Sandy Coley Junior Scholarship. In 1995, the Dewey Kennedy Scholarship began a run of 16 years at the USA Grand Nationals Dance Championship owned by Charlie and Jackie.


Charlie and Jackie have helped Camp Chemo and Camp Sunshine raise money for kids with cancer. Jackie has hosted fundraisers for abused women. They also support the Shag Hall Of Fame Foundation, and Jackie has a special interest and love of animals and the Humane Society. Through workshops, group and private lessons, and various instructional DVDs, Charlie and Jackie continue to promote and teach the Dance of the South, the Carolina Shag.