Every Friday for thirty weeks, I will write about a topic from the list of the
“30 Week Lindy Hop Challenge“.
As promised, I'm back on track. It's Friday again and the topic is
Week #6: Your favorite group dance
(Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, Big Apple, etc)
I'm really a bad group dancer because I never really learned any of them properly, unless the Shim Sham and the Jitterbug Stroll at the beginning of my Lindy Hop career.
Dean Collins' Shim Sham
Right now, the Dean Collins Shim Sham is my favorite one and I started to learn it. I like the different energy levels, sometimes it's very smooth, only to become more energetic in the next moment.
Especially the second part is packed with Dean Collins' typical jazz steps such as “Tabby The Cat” or the “Savoy Kicks“. These movements are fairly distinctive and I totally love them.
This clip is featuring Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra. In the first part they are performing “Hep And Happy” and you can see a few excerpts of the Shim Sham.
Another clip is from 1983. Dean Collins (on the right w/ white trousers) & Bart Bartolo are performing the Shim Shim to a quite slow song.
The last clip is from 2000 and shows Lisa Ferguson & Peter Loggins performing Dean Collins' Shim Sham at the London Lindy Hop festival.
Learn Dean Collins' Shim Sham
Nick Williams recently released his instructional DVD “Dean Collins' Shim Sham”. It's an easy to follow step-by-step guide through all the parts of Dean Collins' Shim Sham. You can get it from his website (USD 45).
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