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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Life on the Island Lou Smith selected as the 2013 recipient of the Cape Fear Shag Club’s Hall of Fame

Lou Smith selected as the 2013 recipient of the Cape Fear Shag Club’s Hall of Fame

Lou Smith has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Cape Fear Shag Club’s Hall of Fame. The award, given only its fourth year will honor Lou Smith. He will be recognized on Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm at the Arab Shrine Club for his enduring contributions, influence and exceptional volunteer leadership that have promoted the shag dance and its music for more than two decades.
• Lou Smith was taught to shag by Fran Reed and Larry Knowles at Chantilly’s in 1990. He has been smiling and dancing ever since! He will be awarded this prestigious award given by the Cape Fear Shag Club for individuals who have made a significant impact on the Club, Shag Music, the dance and the enduring relationships that this culture of music embraces with its network. Lou has served selflessly as club President during historic times, in 2008 and 2013 during the clubs 20th and 25th anniversary years.  Although he has competed in the dance, he enjoys the shag most for its fun and for the camaraderie that it brings to his life.
• The Cape Fear Shag Club was established in 1988 through the vision of Fran Reed and its first President, Wayne Stancil, and many others who recognized the need to preserve, promote and share with others the shag dance and its music. Formed with just over 100 members, many are still active today in this area and throughout North and South Carolina. Through the generosity of club members, countless individuals have learned the dance and have perpetuated its enduring influence that has spread nation wide as a phenomenon. The Cape Fear Shag Club became a part of the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs, (ACSC), in 1989. The inaugural members of the Cape Fear Shag Club Hall of Fame were the 2010 inductees Rodney Grooms and posthumously, Chicken Hicks and in 2011 Fran Reed and in 2012 Eddie Baker.