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The Shim Sham – Full routine on the music


October 5, 2009 by Patrick Szmidt

We all know how frustrating it is to be a beginner swing dancer, get to an event and at some point in the evening see all the other dancers gather in the middle of the dance floor and start this line dance that everybody seems to know but you… We’ve all been there!

That’s why we’ve decided to teach the Shim Sham here online!

You can also download the video to your computer (right-click and save the link as…).

This first video is the whole routine danced to the music. We’ll be recording and uploading very soon individual instructional videos for each of the moves of the Shim Sham. So make sure to register to our rss feed if you don’t want to miss them 🙂

The song the Shim Sham is usually danced to is “Tain’t What Do You (It’s The Way That You Do It)” by Jimmie Lunceford, we’ve decided to dance it here to Billy Kyle’s version because we really like it 🙂

Comments, questions and feedback are more than welcome.

You’ll find the list of the steps and the individual instructional videos in the post The Shim Sham – Structure and Steps


  1. PlĂ­nio says:

    Olá! Meu nome é Plínio e sou brasileiro.
    Não conhecia Shim Sham até meu professor de dança falar deste estilo e dançar. Gostei muito! Procurei no youtube e encontrei os seus vídeos!!! Parabéns!

    • Olá PlĂ­nio,
      É ótimo ver que os nossos vídeos são vistos no Brasil.
      Existe um monte de gente que dança Swing no Brasil? Gostaríamos muito de vir visitar e ensinar lá.
      Veja você, talvez em uma pista de dança.

      Patrick e Natasha
      (thanks to Google translate 🙂 )

  2. I will post also the list of the steps and the structure of the routine 🙂

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