Dean Collins Shim Sham Instructional DVD
Teachers: Marcus and Barbl
Length: 114 min
The Shim Sham originated as a tap dance choreographed by Leonard Reed (1907-2004, 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 of the most well-known and wide-spread routines of all times.
You may be familiar with the tap version or the non-tap version that Frankie Manning made popular teaching at many swing dance camps and workshops all over the world. The Dean Collins version of the Shim Sham is also a non-tap version based on the original Shim Sham with spiced up footwork and additional steps extending the routine. Dean Collins was the most influential Lindy Hop dancer on the West Coast and played an essential role in bringing the New York style of Swing dancing to the West Coast in 1938.
If you want to improve your dancing we highly recommend learning and practicing Dean's Shim Sham routine. The steps and transitions might be a bit tricky, but you won't improve by doing only the things that come easily! They will break everything down so that you can be part of the group the next time when Dean's Shim Sham is called.
Dean Collins died already in 1984, but this DVD includes interviews with some of the best dancers like Leonard Reed Bart Bartolo, Bobby Hefner, Freda Angela, Gil Bradey, Mary Collins, and Rusty Frank. Many of them learned the routine by Dean Collins himself.
Stomp ++ Kick-Ball-Change Break ++ Full Break Pushes ++ Cross Over ++ Tackie Annie ++ Half-Break ++ Twist-Break
Suzy Q ++ Slide To The Side ++ Forward Crosses ++ Shorty George ++ Tabby The Cat ++ Forward Backward Crosses ++ Double Kick Break
Savoy Kicks ++ Switch Kick Break ++ Savoy Kicks ++ Double-Triple Break ++ Klick Break ++ 10-Count Savoy Kicks ++ Walk Off
Extras: Alternate Ending Documentary, The History Of The Shim Sham (30 min) & Performances
Disc format: DVD-9
Regional Code: 0
Video Standard: NTSC
Picture Format 4:3 (widescreen bars)