In 1991, a group of people living in the Tri-Cities area of NE Tennessee decided to loosely form a shag dance club. At some point early on the club was named "Mountain Empire Shag Society, Inc". We are commonly known as MESS.
We have danced at the same location on Monday nights since 1992. The club began with around 40 members and currently has 150 members. We are well known in the Shag world for our friendliness and our annual "Fall Bash" party. It is held in October and is always a sell out.
In 1996, MESS became a regular member of the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs. On November 5, 2019 MESS became a Federal Non-profit 501 (c) (7) corporation.
We dance every Monday night at the VFW in Johnson City Tennessee. The music starts at 7 PM. We offer free basic shag lessons away from the main dance floor between 7:30and 8:00. Our club DJ is Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun. A typical Monday night will have 50 to 70 people in attendance. Things tend to wind down around 9:30 PM.
We hope to see you on Monday nights!