Mountain Empire Shag Society, Inc

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

2024 membership is 143 as of April 8th.

2023 final membership 152.

When & where we dance


Outdoorsmen Inc

4535 Highway 11-W Blountville, TN

Click on the NEWS page to see directions & mileages from different areas.

Gate & doors open at 6:00 pm

Dancing 7:00 pm to 9 pm

Members Cover $7.00

Non-Members Cover $10.00

Guests FREE first two visits

BYOB & BYOS (soft drinks and snacks)

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

We dance at Outdoorsmen, Inc.   See the location details on the left side of this page.

The facility has a nice sign on the highway to make it easily seen as well as an easy access driveway.  The parking lot is level and well-lit.  The parking lot and entrance allow easy access for some of our folks who have limited mobility.  

You sign in at the registration desk as you enter.  

The facility has no food or beverage service.  This means you can BYOB, bring shooters, bring your own beverages, and bring your own snacks and food.  MESS will provide disposable cups and plates and the facility has a very large ice machine.

Though the dance floor is concrete, the surface is very smooth and very danceable.  We suggest you take a break from time to time to rest your feet.

Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun is our primary DJ.  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 secondary 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.

Please come visit.  You will be welcomed and made to feel at home!  No dance experience required.  

We offer free Beginner Shag Lessons, which are conducted with privacy off of the regular dance floor.

 We'd love to dance with you!