Hat Trick Shim Sham Tutorial

Tips & Tops aka Kevin St. Laurent & Shesha Marvin

If you’ve liked Kevin St. Laurent’s tutorial for the Hat Trick Tranky Doo by Tips & Tops from last week then you will also dig this post! In the meantime I namely found out that Tips & Tops published another Hat Trick tutorial back in 2010 and both of them – Shesha Marvin & Kevin St. Laurent – are teaching in these clips. Hat Trick Shim Sham Tutorial by Tips & Tops Here it is. Have fun! It’s the Shim Sham by Al Minns & Leon James combined with hat tricks. Thanks again Kevin & Shesha for publishing these great tutorials! What […]

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30 Week Lindy Hop Challenge: Your Favorite Group Dance

30 Week Lindy Hop Challenge: Favorite Group Dance: Dean Collins Shim Sham

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 There are various Shim Sham versions out there and many of the original dancers created their own. Right now, […]

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DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week #91: ‘Tain’t What You Do

DJ Chrisbe's Song of the Week #91: "'Tain't What You Do" by Jimmie Lunceford

When you are an experienced dancer, then you know this song for sure. If you are a beginner, then here is a song you have to know! It was one of Frankie Manning‘s favourite songs and it is very often used for the Shim Sham. It Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It) was composed by Melvin “Sy” Oliver and co-written with Trummy Young. It was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra. Sy Oliver (17.12.1910 – 28.05.1988) was a trumpeter, vocalist, composer and arranger. In 1933 he joined Jimmie Lunceford’s orchestra to […]

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Shim Sham Flash Mobs in Bern

Last Saturday, 15. October 2011, the Lindy Hop association Swing Machine in Bern Switzerland organized two flash mobs at the train station in the middle of the city. Here are the two clips: Shim Sham No. 1 Shim Sham No. 2 I especially like Shim Sham No. 1 because of the location. The destination board in the background is quite impressive. Which one is your favourite? Actually, we should also organize swing flash mobs in Zürich!

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Global Shim Sham

Vom 21.-26. Mai 2009 wurde in New York ein riesiges Geburtstags-Festival anlässlich Frankie Mannings 95. Geburtstag organisiert. Dieser Anlass ist allgemein als Frankie Fest oder Frankie 95 bekannt. Leider verstarb Frankie Manning (16.5.1914-27.4.2009) einen Monat vor dem Anlass und das Geburtstags-Festival wurde kurzum zu einem inzwischen schon legendären Gedenk-Festival. Die Organisatoren riefen im Vorfeld dazu auf, den Shim Sham in der lokalen Szene auf Video aufzunehmen und auf Youtube zu veröffentlichen, um einen Zusammenschnitt für das Festival herzustellen. Über 160 Videos wurden produziert, u.a. auch vom Schneeschuh-Shim Sham, aufgenommen im März 2009 während dem 1. Geneva Lindy Exchange: Wie ihr […]

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