Learn the iconic Shim Sham routine in this 2-hour workshop, led by Tori Orchard.
Shim Sham routine workshop
Join us for a fun-filled morning of dancing at the Shim Sham routine workshop! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned dancer, this event is perfect for anyone looking to learn or perfect their Shim Sham routine. Get ready to shimmy and push-it through the iconic steps and rhythms of this classic dance routine.
Location: Trinity Parish Hall, Jersey
Tori will guide you through each step, breaking down the routine into manageable parts. You’ll have plenty of time to practice and refine your moves, and by the end of the workshop, you’ll be shim shamming like a pro!
What is the Shim Sham?
The Shim Sham routine is a jazz line dance that originated in the early 20th century in Black American communities in Harlem, New York.
Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant are credited with choreographing the Shim Sham, a dance routine that incorporates “standard” steps from the 1920s era and was originally known as “Goofus”, it was renamed after the Shim Sham club in Harlem.
The Shim Sham routine gained popularity during the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, when it was performed by dancers at various jazz and swing clubs around the country.
Frankie Manning was a legendary dancer and choreographer who played a significant role in popularizing the Shim Sham routine within the swing dance community. He is credited with adding several new steps and variations to the routine, including the Boogie Backstep and the Half Breaks.