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SHIM SHAM
SHIM SHAM    This video will teach you the Shim Sham, a classic swing/tap line dance popular in the '30s and '40s and still danced enthusiastically today. Frankie Manning and Erin Stevens will demonstrate the basic footwork, syncopations, and styling for the dance.

   The true origin of Shim Sham is debatable. Among those given credit for its creation are Leonard Reed and Willy Bryant, who danced at the Apollo Club, in Harlem, in the early '30s, and Joe Jones, who danced with the tap dance ensemble, The Three Little Words, at a club called Connie's Inn. The Three Little Words would close their show with the "Sham" and invite everyone in the club to join them. At Frankie Manning's 80th birthday party in 1994 more than 400 dancers honored Frankie by having him lead them in the Shim Sham.

Total Running Time: 42 minutes. $29.95



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