Two teenagers bagged first place at the 2017 Grand Nationals by showcasing their unique and naturally calculated footwork while dancing the famous ‘Carolina Shag.’ The duo has been dancing together to beach music for quite a while now and came prepared to win.
Meet Mack West And Trinity Davis.
Mack and Trinity were only 13 and 14 when they participated in their first Shag-dancing competition.
Their Amazing Footwork And Choreography Assured Them First Place In The Grand Nationals.
It was clear that both of them were born performers. However, behind their natural dance rhythm are hours of practice and enormous amounts of patience.
Carolina Shag Is A Unique Style Of Dancing Also Known As The ‘Swing Dance Of The South’.
It gained popularity in the 1940s at Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina, where it’s usually performed by partners conducting quick and smooth movements. For those who like poetic descriptions, it’s like “a cold beer on a warm night with a hot date and no plans for tomorrow.”
The Male Usually Leads The Dance, While The Woman Freely Moves Around With The Beat.
The Shag is not the easiest to dance to. It involves lots of forward and backward stepping that follows a “one-and-two, three-and-four, five-six” counting. When executed well, the partners should look like they’re mirroring each other’s movements in perfect sync. Traditionally, the male makes the first move with his left leg, and the female follows through with her right foot. Once they get some practice, the partners can do faster footwork.
Trinity Got Some Backlash For Her Attire.
Many viewers of Trinity and Mack’s performance were disappointed by the girl’s choice of clothing. She wore a long yellow one-piece with wide pant hems. People commented on how it covered most of her feet and made her footwork less noticeable. But when they were declared winners, it was clear that Trinity’s dress had no bearing on the judges’ decision.
It Was All About Skill And Execution.
Despite the complaints, there were many viewers who expressed their admiration for the duo’s impeccable chemistry and grace, both of which which are essential qualities for dance partners.
The Audience Were All-Eyes And Receptive To Their Performance.
The crowd was quite attentive and can be heard cheering throughout Mack and Trinity’s groovy performance. These teen dancers definitely owned the stage, dancing to “Queen Of The 88s” by Kelley Hunt. It’s always great to see such talented young people. In the end, the duo received a standing ovation from the audience.
Dance Is The Language Of The Soul.
Dancers are artists, and their canvas is the stage. Every movement they make is an artistic expression.
As dance partners, Mack and Trinity appear to be kindred souls who were destined to perform together. They compliment each other’s style, like magic.
In the future, we hope to see them conquer every stage and continue captivating audiences with their charm and talent.