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Shim Sham with Frankie Manning

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Erin Stevens, Frankie Manning
Living Traditions
Beginner, Intermediate
Lindy Hop
Running Time:
42 minutes
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Learn Lindy Hop with the Master... Frankie Manning. He was instrumental in the development of the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem during the '30s, and is credited for the famous Hellzapoppin’ Lindy Hop scene. On these instructional videos, Manning is partnered with renowned dancer Erin Stevens. This series captures the essence of the Swing dance era!

The Shim Sham is a jazz dance, done as a tradition in many Lindy clubs around the country. It's a classy tap line dance, that anyone can learn. Frankie Manning and Erin Stevens break down the basic footwork, syncopations and styling in this historical video.

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LJH - July 25, 2015

It's not perfect, but if you want to learn Frankie's version of the Shim Sham, it would be hard to beat this video. It is after all, "THE" Frankie Manning! That said, it's not always easy to follow what he and Erin and doing; Frankie says one thing while doing another. So, you watch what both of them do and "fill in" what's going on... This is, to look on the plus side, an excellent way to learn "Frankie's" Shim Sham on your own. Most classes that try to teach it don't have enough time to cover everything well; typically they rush through the last half. With this DVD, you can practice "sections" until you get very good at them, and then go on, or, even back, to others until you've nailed the whole thing.

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