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Selection of Shim Sham’s

A popular line dance performed world-wide in the swing dance community, as many of you reading this will know as the Shim Sham. Originally a tap dance routine, it was adapted by swing dancers and popularized by Frankie Manning. However there is a large variety of Shim Shams besides the standard one performed by most swing dancers and I am listing as many as I could locate for your viewing pleasure.

Shim Sham (Tap Dance)

Soft-shoe performance by the Killer Dillers at the Swing Brother Swing Festival in Bologna Italy. Courtesy of David L in the comments below.

Shim Sham (Swing Dance)

Dean Collin’s Shim Sham



Performed by Dean Collins himself and Bart Bartolo. Some good notes are in the comments section about this clip by Peter Loggins.



This time Peter Loggins performs it himself along with Lisa Ferguson.

Al and Leon Shim Sham

Slip Slop Shim Sham

*Check out David L’s post in the comment section below for an excellent link to Jerry’s blog in relation to the Slip Slop Shim Sham.

Hat Trick Shim Sham

A new take on the Al and Leon’s Shim Sham, performed by Tips, Taps and Tops (Kevin St. Laurent, Jeremy Otth and Shesha Marvin)

Hula Shim Sham

*Provided by Spuds, Yehoodistrator and Yehoodi Talk Show host.

This performance at the 9:20 Special out in San Francisco is interesting because of the contrast provided by the guys doing the traditional swing Shim Sham to the left.

Girls’ Shim Sham

This is from one of my favorite workshops/events, Steven and Virginie in Rochacha (Rochester), NY. If you haven’t gone, you should seriously visit.

Note: If I have missed any feel free to contact me and I will add them to the list. The only one I know currently missing is the the rhythm juice Shim Sham since it only exists on Dax’s website to my knowledge.

Bartolo

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4 responses

  1. Nice post, but you have the Dean Collins Shim Sham displaying under “Hat Trick Shim Sham.”

    June 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    • Hey thanks for the catch! I was literally uploading this before heading out the door and didn’t see that error.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

  2. David L

    Here’s a link of the Killer Dillers doing the tap shim sham. http://vimeo.com/12873062

    Also a group in Korea did some fun takes on the slip slop shim sham. http://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/weekly-video-highlights-the-ninjammerz-invade-asia/

    June 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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