So after almost a year with hardly a single dance step, it feels like a long way back. Sometimes, we didn’t even listen to the music ’cause it’s like looking through the window of a closed sweet shop.
So we decided we’ll start with some real basics and something to build up our rhythm and agility. On top of the basic balboa we can do together, what better than The Dean Collins’ Shim Sham for practicing alone?
If you’ve never seen it, Dean’s style was described by Nick Williams as ‘smooth, elegant and sophisticated’ and you can see that in Dean’s version of the Shim Sham. This clip features Nick, David Rehm, Bobby White and Kate Hedin.
We learned half of this from Nick at Jumping at The Woodside a few years back and the rest from Joel Plys’s Swing Brain series. So for the next few weeks at the infamous Kitchen Venue, we’ll be trying to master the style taught by Nick which is about the closest we’ve seen to the original.
What’s that expression?
Sounds like a plan