In 2001, Jackie won a 10th title with Sam West making her the only female to hold that many National Overall titles. The National Shag Dance Championship trophy was called the Charlie & Jackie in their honor. Their likeness was actually replicated as the trophy. They are also two time winners of the National Shag Senior Division.
In 1989, Charlie & Jackie introduced the Carolina Shag to the US Open Swing Dance Championships in California, and began teaching Carolina Shag workshops at dance events across the country. As founders and directors of the USA Grand National Dance Championship held in Atlanta Georgia for 16 years, Charlie and Jackie worked to help unite the various swing communities, and to expose the dancers and the styles to one another.
In 1991 they won the US Open Team Division and in 1996 Charlie and Jackie became the first couple from the Shag community to win the US Open Swing Championship. In 2003 Charlie & Jackie became the first and only Shag couple to be inducted into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Because of their introduction of the Shag to the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship in California, they had their first Shag division in 1996. Charlie & Jackie were named co-captains of the first National Shag Dance Championship Dance Team in 1993. They were members and continued as co-captains through 1997.
The pair was recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives for their contributions to the preservation of The Shag and are considered world-wide, as Ambassadors of the dance. In June of 1994, Charlie & Jackie received a bronze star on the Sun Fun Celebrity Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They have appeared on Good Morning America six times and CBS Morning Show promoting the Shag. Charlie & Jackie are six time recipients of the prestigious Feather Award in the dance world. The Feather event, which encompassed all dances and styles, world-wide, was considered the Academy Awards of dance. The event was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
In 1996 Charlie & Jackie were honored with the New Wave Award. This award was created just for Charlie and Jackie and this was the only time it was ever presented. The New Wave Award was given to the pair for introducing The Carolina Shag to the dance world. A Guinness World Record for the Largest Group Carolina Shag Dance was set with 744 synchronized people performing the Dance of the South under Jackie McGee's directions during SOS Fall Migration, 2011. In 2012 The National Fast Dance Association inducted Charlie & Jackie into the National Boppers Hall of Fame Charlie & Jackie have been and remain involved in numerous charity efforts.
In 1995, Charlie & Jackie started the very first Junior Scholarship Award in the world of shag to assist Junior Shaggers in continuing their education. This award was called the Sandy Coley Junior Scholarship. In 1995 The Dewey Kennedy Scholarship began a run of 16 years at the USA Grand Nationals Dance Championship owned by Charlie & Jackie.
Charlie & Jackie have helped raise money for Camp Chemo and Camp Sunshine for kids with cancer. Jackie has hosted fundraisers for abused women. They also support the Shag Hall Of Fame Foundation and Jackie has a special interest and love of animals and the Humane Society. Through workshops, group and private lessons, and numerous instructional DVD'sarlie and Jackie continue to promote and teach the Dance of the South, the Carolina Shag.
Charlie & Jackie