Expired Shim Sham Workshop in Farnham

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  •  Saturday, June 8, 2024
     1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Shim Sham workshop in Farnham!

Join Bob and his team for an immersive two-and-a-half-hour workshop, introducing you to the infectious energy of the Shim Sham stroll. Experience the heart of classic jazz dance at All Hallows School in picturesque Farnham.

The Shim Sham stroll, a timeless emblem of the jazz era, originated as a captivating ensemble routine for tap dancers in various shows during the 1930s. Its evolution into a cherished favourite among dancers in vibrant nightclubs solidified its place in dance history. Renowned lindy hopper Frankie Manning, a luminary of the original era, ensured the Shim Sham's legacy lived on by imparting its magic to subsequent generations of dancers during the swing revival in the 1980s and 90s. Today, swing enthusiasts consider mastering the Shim Sham a rite of passage.

Furthermore, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Mytchett Tea Dance. Showcase your newfound skills and join the joyous celebration of swing dance with fellow enthusiasts. Don't miss your chance to be part of this exhilarating journey through jazz history. Reserve your spot today and get ready to shimmy, shuffle, and strut like never before!

The Shim Sham is most frequently danced to one of several songs. These include Jimmie Lunceford version of Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) or the Erskine Hawkins version of Tuxedo Junction from the original Big Band era. More recently, Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra created The Shim Sham Song which is designed around the routine!

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Weybourne Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 9HF, United Kingdom


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Access & Parking

All Hallows School is in a convenient location off Weybourne Road with ample parking to the front and side of the building.

Finding The Hall

Enter through the main entrance. Proceed straight ahead and up a small flight of steps to the Main Hall.