Evocative. Sensual. Addictive. Many words come close to describe the beauty of dance.
The calculated choreography and brilliant movements coalesce to nothing less than a brilliant spectacle. There’s really no way to put in words.
Some of us have the urge to put the work into the grindstone. Look no further than Autumn Jones and Brennar Goree. The incredible duo show their dazzling moves in this breathtaking performance. You’ll truly be impressed with their work!
Brennar is a department of defense contractor for the United States Army National Guard, while Autumn works as a cosmetologist and bartender. Their routine is set to Jerry Lee Lewis’ edition of the rhythmic song “Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee.” The duo set the dancefloor on fire with their mind-blowing moves.
This dynamic duo have had some history together. They first met at the young age of eight and started Carolina Shag dancing together at 13. The competitiveness and passion for dance inspired the couple to excel tremendously; becoming masters at their craft. In addition to becoming champion dancers in Shag, they’ve also won recognition for their skills in West Coast dancing.
Autumn and Brennar are avid travelers and are happy to spread Carolina Shag to people across their journeys. Their son, Connor, has even begun to take dancing instructions from Autumn who is thrilled to teach their son dance style.
The video clip shows them participating in the National SHAG Dance Championship. The competition is a three-night event featuring over 50 contestants in six divisions: Junior I, Junior II, Non-Pro, Pro, Senior and Masters. The two have for a long time impressed judges with their killer moves.
It’s no surprise that this isn’t their first rodeo.
The couple pays homage to a style called “the shag”. The shag originated in South Carolina in the 1940s. It quickly rose to prominence and became popular within the younger crowd and later became associated with the “beach music” style.
Historically famous dancers such as Billy Jeffers and ‘Chicken’ Hicks emerged as pioneers of the vibrant community that rocked the dance around beaches to later influence the entire country during the 1940’s and 1950’s. In South Carolina and other southern states, it’s commonly referred to as a “cold beer on a warm night at the beach”.
The couple shows off moves like the classic foot shuffle. Goree makes it look like he’s ice skating on the road with how silky smooth he is. His bravado clearly demonstrates he’s done this before.
Did we mention the chemistry?
Both our dancers show their comfort with each other by how light and agile they act around each other. It’s as if they’re both hypnotized by the mesmerizing effect of dance.
The NSDC have a fantastic website that share how past winners have resulted in their previous competitions on television shows like CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. They’ve also participated and competed at events including the Beach Music Awards, NBA games, and PGA Annual Banquets.
The spin move here is enough to cause a shakeup. The two maintain excellent poise throughout and bring the audience along for the ride.
Speaking of twists, this yo-yo like move really sparked things up. Autumn really keeps control throughout and is a prime example of a true professional.
Finally, locked eyes together for a brief moment after their final twirl of the competition. Autumn’s face brimmed with satisfaction from such a marvelous performance, while Goree’s showed a humbled smile of gratitude for the moment. The two didn’t simply stun the crowd, they won 1st place in the competition!
Although Brennar and Autumn make it look like a breeze, there’s no doubt that the work put behind their companionship and love for dance was the real fruit of their labor. Be sure to enjoy their electrifying performance in the video below!
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