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Learn the famous line dance called the "Shim Sham"

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy

The Original Shim Sham (1927)
The Freeze Chorus (circa 1930)
The Shim Sham II (1994)

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy, The Freeze Chorus, The Shim Sham II all on DVD at! Dance and Shine!

If you've been tap dancing for years or are just putting on your first pair of tap shoes, you'll be able to learn the Shim Sham Shimmy. On this video, you will see a demonstration of the dance by a group of talented and ageless (7-75!) tappers and hear an introduction by Leonard Reed himself. Next, tap dancer and preservationist Rusty Frank breaks down the Shim Sham Shimmy, the Freeze Chorus, and the Shim Sham II, using the same accessible methods she's used in hundreds of tap classes.

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy, DVD
Price: $30.95

DVD-R format (no region coding), PC/MAC Compatible

Learn the Shim Sham

Dean Collins' Version of the Shim Sham with Marcus and Bärbl

The Shim Sham originated as a tap dance choreographed by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant in 1928. Intended for a show finale that could be done by all the performers it was adopted by many dancers and became one the most well-known and wide-spread routines of all time. It is danced around the world today!

One of those dancers was Dean Collins, the most influential Lindy Hop dancer on the West Coast. His non-tap version became very popular around the world. Based on the original Shim Sham he spiced up the footwork and extended the original routine with additional steps. This fun dance can be danced alone, next to a partner or with a huge crowd.

Dean Collins' Version of the Shim Sham
Price: $34.95

Three Shim Sham Routines with Joel and Alison Plys

The Big Apple DVD


Joel and Alison's Shim Sham DVD is one of the best out there - you will learn all three routines on one DVD. It has over 35 moves. You will learn these versions:

* ORIGINAL (Classic dance done by Lindy Hoppers around the globe)
* DEAN COLLINS (Cool variations on the classic Shim Sham)
* AL & LEON (Another cool jazzy version of the Shim Sham)teaches the infamous group line dance from the 1950s, plus a unique couple's version.

All you need after that is the tap dance version!

The Shim Sham DVD
Price: $39.95

DVD-R format (no country code restrictions), PC/MAC Compatible


The Big Apple

Madison & Couples Madison

Tranky Doo (Spirit Moves Version)

Tranky Doo (Frankie Manning Version)

Shim Sham DVDs

Shim Sham Shimmy and more with Leonard Reed (tap).

Shim Sham with Joel & Alison (original (Whitey's Lindy Hoppers), Dean Collins, and Al & Leon versions)

Dean Collins' Shim Sham with Marcus & Bärbl



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