If you only know one swing dance routine, it has to be the Shim Sham! This classic has all the best moves and is danced all over the world at almost every swing event. We’ll cover everything you need to know so you can join in at social events with this fun routine. We’ll start with some basic steps and polish them so they look really good. With everything explained clearly, you will be able to do it from memory and even add some of your own variations by the end of the class.
The Shim Sham was originally a tap dance. It became a dance that musicians, singers, and dancers would perform together to close out the show. The Shim Sham spread to the Savoy Ballroom where Lindy Hoppers would dance it without the taps.
Frankie Manning introduced the Shim Sham to the swing dance community in the 1980s and we’ve been dancing it ever since!
Join Joo-Lee to learn this classic routine 28 November
19:30-21:30 at Healthlands Gym DH1 5HL
Book in advance, as spaces will be limited. Early Bird tickets £5.
The legendary Dawn Hampton once said that if you want to improve your dancing, there is no better way than to dance all forms of dance. This, in many ways, has been Joo-Lee’s own philosophy and experience. Joo-Lee danced ballet as a child, was inspired and taught by the Jiving Lindy Hoppers since 1993 and has trained and gained social dance experience in Lindy Hop, Contemporary, Street, Salsa, Jive and Tap, all of which have influenced Joo-Lee’s own individual creative style.
Joo-Lee has a contagious enthusiasm for both dancing and teaching, ensuring an energy and buzz to any class or event she’s involved with. Highly qualified, Joo-Lee’s background is as a former director of performing arts, as well as having had formal training in music and, most recently, life coaching, all of which combine to produce a highly effective, ever inspiring talent and expertise for building dance confidence and improving skills, performance and techniques in dancers of all levels. Above all, Joo-Lee advocates that those who enjoy learning will in turn learn more and will learn more quickly. Given the thousands of people she has worked with, together with her warm, relaxed nature, it is no surprise that Joo-Lee has successfully demonstrated that this is very much the case!