Al & Leon
Shim Sham

Get inspired and put a whole new spin on your Shim Sham!

Saturday 13th January

The Shim Sham is a classic! Find out how different it can be when some of Lindy Hop’s inventors add their own style to it. Al Minns and Leon James were two of the most famous lindy hoppers of their time, and in this course you’ll learn their interpretation of the Shim Sham. Their steps and combinations are a bit more challenging than the classic shim sham version that we modern lindy hoppers got from Frankie Manning, so the routine gives you a lot to dig into.

Aside from just being a fun routine, the combos are really great for putting into your dancing, whether you’re choreographing or improvising, and it gives you a window into how Al and Leon injected their own style and flair into the dance.

Join us and put a whole new spin on your Shim Sham!

Of course you’ll learn the routine itself, we’ll guide you step-by-step through all the moves and sequences you need to be able to dance Al & Leon’s Shim Sham with confidence.

But you’ll get much more than just a routine out of this course! You’ll also train important concepts that will improve your dancing overall:
– Basic rhythm, groove and posture
– Swinging rhythm; Ball-changes, Half-breaks
– Classic but challenging moves: Full-breaks, Eagle slides, etc
– Combining kick movements with other jazz elements

This workshop is mixed-level solo dancing, from beginner-intermediate all the way up – anyone can benefit from this course, even advanced dancers. We will build up each movement “from scratch” with no assumptions about which moves you know, but the transitions can be a little tricky so there will be enough challenge for even the most experienced dancers.

If you haven’t done any solo jazz before, you’re welcome to give it a try – but be ready for a challenge!

After the workshop, you’ve earned yourself a break, maybe a nice lunch nearby. Then, come back to the studio, and end the afternoon with a little time to practice and hang out together, where you can meet other dancers from our community. We’ll play music, dance, and enjoy a few hours together before going home with a big smile.

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Al & Leon Shim Sham

with Kris

Saturday January 13th 2024


SwingStation, Kurfürsten-Anlage 58
69115 Heidelberg


11:00 – 13:30 Workshop (including a few breaks)
16:30 – 18:00 Practice Time (open to the community)

without subscription: 36€
with subscription: 18€

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Here’s where the workshop will take place:

SwingStation Kurfürsten-Anlage 58
69115 Heidelberg

The entrance is on the eastern side of the building, reachable from the Kurfürsten-Anlage itself or from the Kirchstraße. Our studio is on the ground floor, at the end of the hall.

Public Transportation: many busses, streetcars, trains; stops “Hauptbahnhof” or “Stadtwerke”.

Parking: please do not park in the yard, the parking spaces don’t belong to us and you might get a ticket. It’s hard to find parking spots in our area, so you should plan in some extra time. You can try to find street parking in the Kirchstraße or Vangerowstraße, or you might need to go to a nearby Parkhaus (e.g. P1 in the Poststraße) and walk from there.