Shim Sham Stroll

Shim sham as demonstrated here by Frankie Manning and Erin Stevens.

They make it look so easy, but take your time, break it down, bit by bit, practice, practice, practice and you'll look as good as they do.



There are several versions, take a look at this one then try to follow the instructions below.



The Shim sham steps (3 bars)

On "8" stomp forward on right (keeping weight on left foot)

On 1: drag right foot back and transfer weight to right foot.

On 2: stomp forward on left (keeping weight on right)

On 3: drag left foot back and transfer weight to left foot.

On 4: stomp forward on right (keeping weight on left)

On 5: drag right foot back and transfer weight to right foot.

On 6: stomp forward on right (keeping weight on left)

On 7: drag right foot back and transfer weight to right foot.

The second bar is the mirror image of this, so swap left and right in description.

The third bar returns back to the original pattern

Full break (1 bar)

keep going - you're getting the hang of it now



On 8: Plant Right foot forward and lean over it. 1: tap toe of left foot. 2: take weight back and put weight on left foot. 3: skip on left lifting right knee. 4: transfer weight to right foot5: Skip on right lifting left knee. 6: Jump Straddle (feet spread apart). 7: Jump together (feet together).

Push and crossover (4 bars)

On 8: Push right foot forward and to right

1. rock Back putting weight on left. 2. Push right foot forward and to right. 3. rock Back putting weight on left. 4. Push right foot forward and to right. 5. kick left foot. 6. cross left foot over right and put foot down. 7. rock back onto right foot.

The second bar is the mirror image of this, so swap left and right in description

The third bar returns back to the original pattern

The fourth bar misses out the rocking back and instead repeats the cross over twice

Tacky annie (3 bars)

Don't forget if you're struggling - go back and watch the video.



On beat "& 8": drop weight onto both feet spread apart.

1: Right foot brought behind the body to tap just behind the Left foot. 2: Right foot brought back to starting place. 3: Left foot brought behind the body to tap just behind the Right foot. 4: Left foot brought back to starting place. 5: Right foot brought behind the body to tap just behind the Left foot. 6: Right foot brought back to starting place. 7: Left foot brought behind the body to tap just behind the Right foot.

Second and third bars are exact repeats

Full break (1 bar) as before

Half breaks (1 bar)

On 8: Drop weight forward onto right foot. 1: Rock back onto left foot. 2&3: Kick ball change (kicking right foot). repeat the above 4 beats to complete the bar.

Full break, half breaks, full break

*repeat all of the above from the start - second time through, full break is replaced by 8 count freeze

boogie back



on 8: clap hands and kick right foot. 1: shuffle backwards, touch right, weight on left. 2: clap hands and kick right foot. 3: shuffle backwards, touch right, weight on left. 4: clap hands and kick right foot. 5: shuffle backwards, touch right, weight on left. 6: clap hands and kick right foot. 7: shuffle backwards, touch right, weight on left.

boogie forward

on 8: scuff toe of right foot forward across floor

1: and take weight out to the right. 2: scuff toe of left foot forward across floor. 3: take weight out to the left. 4: scuff toe of right foot forward across floor. 5: take weight out to the right. 6: scuff toe of left foot forward across floor. 7: take weight out to the left

boogie back, boogie forward

boogie back

shortie george

Beat 8: Kick right foot out to the rightand

1: touch right foot to floor and immediately step slightly forward on left, with knees together move knees to left. 2: step slightly forward on right, with knees together move knees to right. 3: step slightly forward on left, with knees together move knees to left. 4: step slightly forward on right, with knees together move knees to right. 5: step slightly forward on left, with knees together move knees to left. 6: step slightly forward on right, with knees together move knees to right. 7: step slightly forward on left, with knees together move knees to left

boogie back

shortie george

* finish track by finding nearest partner and dancing Lindy to the end of the track. Listen out for calls of “freeze” and “dance”

How did you do.

It's best to learn with a friend, you can help each other through each section.

Don't forget, practice makes perfect.



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