Many years ago, when we were still in Austin, on the observation of the passing
of Frankie Manning, we, as a community decide to learn the Shim-Sham and dance
it in honor of him.
Frankie Manning doing his thing
I can’t say I got a hang of it then. I can’t say I got the hang of it in the
years since, either. When done right, it looks like this:
Fortunately, our local dance studio, You Should Be Dancing, held a
workshop this past weekend. The wonderful Stephanie Shapiro taught us the
dance with great humor, kindness, patience and skill. She has a solid method
for this dance and really helped us master chunks that we can stitch together.
She was even patient as I scribbled notes in-between dance segments. I’ve
written them down below as I move forward in truly learning this dance.