Shim Sham (Level 1 – 3)

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The Shim Sham has become a global Lindy Hop phenomenon. When in doubt....Shim Sham! We have 3 versions for you to learn based on your current skill level or if you need inspiration in deciding what to teach your students. Originating in the tap dance community in the 1920s from Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, Lindy Hoppers have since modified it to work for "soft shoe" dancing. The primary version used in the global Lindy Hop community was introduced by Frankie Manning to NYC in the 1980s.

Rocks

If you're going to do this, you have to fully commit yourself to this move. Take a wide stance with a lunge, rock your hips forward and back with your weight change, and frame it with your arms. Rockin'!

Gaze Afar

It's exactly as its name describes and uses full-time, a triple step, and 4-count rhythm. It's a little bit silly, and a whole lot of fun.

Al & Leon Shim Sham (Level 4)

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A variation of the Shim Sham as performed by Al Minns and Leon James, two famous original Lindy Hoppers who were part of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. No prior knowledge of the original Shim Sham is necessary. It's great for expanding your personal jazz movement and very versatile for incorporating into larger lindy routines.

Squat Charleston

This move can prove to be challenging, but the effort is worth it. Once internalized, squat Charlestons can really fun to do, though they can be exhausting when done for long periods of time.

Jump Charleston

A really cool variation of basic Charleston with many options for flare. It combines 4-count, half-time, and full-time rhythm. Some variations use the triple step rhythm.

Slip Slop Shim Sham (Level 4)

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Originally choreographed by Dax Orion and Kevin St. Laurent in 2007 at Herrang Dance Camp, the Slip Slop Shim Sham is a fun way to push your sliding skills. It uses the same structure as the Shim Sham, but involves tricky slide moves. Proper shoes and a proper floor can make all the difference with this short routine. It's also great to dance simultaneously while the rest of the room is dancing the traditional Shim Sham.

Sweeps

The magic of this move is in the leg that sweeps, but the technique of this move is in the standing leg. Commit to your weight change, bend into the leg, and add full leg extensions to make it look amazing.

Lockstep

The basic Lockstep uses full-time and 4-count rhythm. It's a classic phrase-ending move and great transition to use in choreographies. The exit has the advantage of being split-weight so either foot can be ready for the next move depending on what is needed.

Big Apple (Level 4)

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This is specifically a version of the Big Apple routine as choreographed by Frankie Manning for Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. It can be seen in the film Keep Punching. The music used here was transcribed by Solomon Douglas from the film clip and recorded by the Solomon Douglas Swingtet. This routine can be used as is for performance gigs and/or played as a line dance during a social dance. It has a solo and partnered sections. This might be Jo's all time favorite routine. She has been spotted running enthusiastically from conversations, waiting for a drink at the bar, from the middle of dinner and even from the car as it pulls up to the social dance when she hears this song.