Mountain Empire Shag Society, Inc

 Not a member?  You can print the 2024 membership form from the Membership page on this website.

As of July 8, 2024 membership is 150.

2023 final membership was 152.


The area below is reserved for one-time announcements that have to do with situations where we may have to alter dance plans.

MESS Fall Bash



Contact Larry Calhoun via email at to be added to

 the "tickets needed" list.


MESS formed in 1992 as an organization of persons who are committed to promoting the music and dance of Carolina shag and providing its members opportunities to associate with others who enjoy the same.

Weekly Dance Info

Effective May 6, 2024, we are again dancing at our original location:

Holiday Inn 

101 West Springbrook Drive

Just off I-26 at Exit 20

Johnson City, TN

Lounge opens at 5:00 pm

Dancing 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Members Charge $4.00

Non-Members Charge $10.00

Guests FREE first two visits

The facility has recently had a complete remodel and is absolutely beautiful.  The lounge has a nice cozy atmosphere, is nicely furnished, and the dance floor is very good.  

The facility also has an elaborate security system and is well-lit outside; so, ladies can attend by themselves and feel comfortable coming and going.   Folks who have mobility issues will have easy access to the lounge area to the upper and lower levels of the lounge.

The drink prices and food prices are more reasonable than surrounding restaurants, lounges, and hotels.  MESS members receive a nice discount on the food that they purchase on Monday nights.  Being a standard lounge, no drinks or food can be brought into the lounge by patrons.

You sign in at the registration desk which is located at the double-door entrance to the lower level of the lounge.

Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun is our primary DJ and deejays the 2nd & 3rd Mondays of the month.  He plays events all around the Southeast. Song selection is mostly Shag, R&B, and Carolina Beach Music, but he throws in some line dances, and a slow dance here and there.  His humorous banter makes for a lively atmosphere!

Rick Million is our 2nd DJ and deejays the 4th Monday of each month.  Rick has a nice music collection, does a really good job in the DJ booth, and keeps folks dancing.

Carl Edwards is our 3rd DJ and deejays the 1st Monday of each month.  Carl also has a nice music collection, and like Rick, keeps the dancers happy while in the DJ booth.

Please come visit.  You will be welcomed and made to feel at home!  No dance experience required, and you do not have to have a partner to attend.  

We offer free Beginner Shag Lessons, which are conducted with privacy just outside the lounge.

 We'd love to dance with you!