Shim Sham Shimmy Choreography
SHIM SHAM SHIMMY
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jazz line dance originated circa 1930, by tappers
Leonard Reed (L) and Willie Bryant (R)
This swing verson taught by Frank Manning in the '90s

Frankie Manning video             Frankie World Tribute video

A Section
each segment starts on beat 8 Right,
except for Tacky Anne: tap beat 1

3x8 Shim Sham - lead with hips
    (push fwd:8, drag back:1 etc)
    (R L R R- L R L L - R L R R
)
   
(common var: stomp ball change 4&5)
1x8 Break (end L:7) see notes

3x8 Push & Crossover
   (hips back :7, hips push fwd: 8)
   (567 Push:8 &-ya:1 Push:2 &-ya:3      Push:4 &-ya:5 Crossover:67)
(NOTE: Push even beats, &-ya odd beats)
1x8 Crossover to L, R, hold, stomp-off
   (step L:6, hold 7, stomp-off RL:&8)

3x8 Tacky Anne
   (step L:7, stomp-off RL: &8)
1x8 Break

1x8 Half Break
   (scoot R:8, step L:1, R kbc: 2&3 - 2x)
1x8 Break
1x8 ½ Break
1x8 Break

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B Section
repeat A,
substituting 1x8 "holds" for Breaks
Many dancers like to just improvise
stuff during the "breaks" in section B.

C Section
each segment starts on beat 8 Right

1x8 Boogie Back (clap & kick:8)
1x8 Boogie Forward (start R:8)
1x8 Boogie Back
1x8 Boogie Forward

1x8 Boogie Back
1x8 Shorty George Forward (kick R:8)
1x8 Boogie Back
1x8 Shorty George Forward

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SOME TUNES FOR SHIM SHAM
Classic Shim Sham tunes are bold italics

116 Blue Skies - Benny Goodman (instrumental)
130 Jive At Five - Dave Davies & Hot Foot Club

132 Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman

132 Lindy Hop Heaven - Peter Davis

136 Old Man River - Jimmie Ricks

138 Shiny Stockings - Count Basie

150 Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins

150 Stompin At The Savoy - Benny Goodman
164 Taint What You Do - Jimmie Lunceford
190 Stompin At The Savoy - Chick Webb (fast!)

History & Detailed Steps

More history at Sonny Watson's site

NOTES
Frankie's Easy Break:
step R (8) - touch L - step L - touch R - step R - step back L - step back R - step back L (7)
Tap Break:
touch R(8) step R - touch L step L - touch R step R - step back L - step back R - step back L (7)
Traditional Break:
step R(8) - tap L hook - step L hook - hop L - step R hook - hop R - step L hook - out - in (7)
I.C. Swing Club is using the "Traditional Break" - we call it the "Sister-Brother break"
Rhythm for Traditional Break:

"Sis-ter, Bro-ther, Love one a-no-ther"
  8    1    2    3      +     +    5   6   7

step
R
tap
L*
step
L*
hop
L
step
R*
 -
hop
R
step
L*
out
RL
in
RL
8
1
2
3
&
4
 
& 5
6
7
* these are "hooks" behind the front foot

Shorty George
kick R on 8,
Then on 1 step L, leaning to L edges of both feet
knees pointing left (right knee into the back edge of the left knee),
pointing left hand and left shoulder down, with right shoulder up.
Then alternate all these odd movements with each step (omitting the first kick).

Video coming with detailed counts, etc. soon? 3/1
/13?


Historic Frankie Manning Radio Interview 10/07
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Hellzapoppin
movie clip - free

After Seben
movie clip - free

Killer Diller
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