In March 2020, Sam West and his daughter Sidney Kimble West won first place in the professional league for the second time in a row at the USA Shag Dancing Championships held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Have you ever heard of this type of dance? By the way, it is he who has the honor of being called the official state dance of South Carolina. Shag dancers move their legs so fast that they seem to hover above the stage without touching the ground. By 1984, the shag had become so popular that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina even began hosting an annual national championship for shag dancers.
Of course, the family has been practicing this type of dance for over a year. According to their website, her father, Sam West, has been a shag dancer for most of his life — since he was nine years old, when he started with his mother, Barbara. Since then, he has taken part in numerous competitions in this type of dance and has won a large number of awards, including in the professional league, as well as, on several occasions, the title of absolute champion. His wife Lisa started her dancing career at the age of 27 and also managed to achieve great success in this field.
She and her partner managed to win many prestigious titles and awards, including first place in the American Swing Championship. And after Lisa met Sam, no one could stop them. Together they have won numerous championships in shag and other swing dances. Dancing for them is not just a hobby, but a way of life. Therefore, after having children, they decided from an early age to instill a love of dance and them.