Level 2 – Variations

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It's time to step up your break step. This soft shoe version of the break step is used in the original tap dance version of the Shim Sham Shimmy. It’s more challenging than the break step version we showed in Level 1, but is absolutely accessible with practice. This assumes you are comfortable with the Level 1 Shim Sham.

Slip Slops

This jazz step can be done half or full time. Regardless of the timing, it's easier to do with slippery shoes. When your shows are sticky, you will have to really work to get your foot to slide across the floor. Arms and hips are key elements to get your momentum going.

Hitch Hike

It's important to know the difference between a touch and a step. Hitch Hikes use both, plus the twists of 1920's style Charleston. Once you are comfortable with your lower body, start playing with the arm styling.

Level 3 – Inspiration

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Time to take ownership of this classic routine. Using one example, Jo breaks down the general concept of maintaining the musical structure while creating new variations. Then in the demo video, Jo and Kevin let go and dance, which is a great example of them owning the routine and contributing their personal style and flare. Use it to inspire your own progression. The ultimate goal is for you to express yourself on the dance floor with ease, precise rhythm, and own personal style.

Spank the Baby

Feeling tired at a dance? Spanking the baby is a great way to wake yourself up. This is all about the attitude of committing to a movement. It's only silly if you think it's silly. If you sell it, the audience will buy it.

Shoe Shine

Jump onto one foot, extend the other and shine your shoe in 4-count rhythm. Some like to really touch their shoes, while others prefer to pretend to shine their shoes. Either way, it's a shoeshine.

Suzie Q

Front toe down! The front foot needs to be flat on the floor. The weight is focused on the heel of the front foot so you have the freedom to twist it, but for the love of all things Lindy.....keep that front toe down!

Skates

Kevin sees this as an attempt of dancers to mimic the look of ice skaters or roller skaters. It's straight forward and really fun to do at higher tempos.

Boogie Forward

As a concept, it's a very straight forward jazz step, but making it look good requires attitude, hips, arms, hands and a sense of style. Play with styling variations by watching yourself in the mirror.

Tabby the Cat

Jump onto two feet, split that weight, and then work that booty using a 4-count rhythm. The footwork is not complicated, so you gotta sell it! Get sassy and silly with this one.