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Shim Sham & Tranky Doo Workshops!

By popular demand we’re running Shim Sham and Tranky Doo workshops in the coming couple of months!

First up, learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Saturday 15th July
3:30 – 5:30pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is an awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, so no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though.

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

Then, for more awesome vernacular jazz, there will be a Tranky Doo workshop as follows:

Saturday 5th August
1:00 – 3:00pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
Some knowledge of jazz steps preferable but not necessary (give it a go if you’ve tried and enjoyed the Shim Sham)!

Here’s the facebook event for you to join.

Have a look at this video clip of Al Minns, Leon James and Pepsi Bethel performing the Tranky Doo from the Spirit Moves documentary to get you inspired!

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Shim Sham Workshop 4th March

Learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Saturday 4th March
3:30 – 5:30pm
The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is an awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, so no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though.

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

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Slip Slop Shim Sham Workshop this Saturday!

Learn a cool variant of the classic Shim Sham routine – The Slip Slop Shim Sham!

Saturday 18th February
3:30 – 5:30pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Slip Slop Shim Sham is a super fun and slidy version of the Shim Sham jazz routine. This workshop will start right at the beginning, so no previous experience is necessary. If you’re after a cool way to jazz up your existing Shim Sham, or just want a fun afternoon’s workout, then this is the workshop for you!

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can easily slide in (suede or leather soled shoes will be best, if you have them).

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846194615619905/

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out this cool demo from Kevin St. Laurent and Dax Hock:

We are also running a standard Shim Sham workshop on 4th March, so put that date in your diary too!

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Learn the Shim Sham this Sunday!

Learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Sunday 22nd January
12:00 – 2:00pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is a awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though: https://www.facebook.com/events/1394580233907791/

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

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New Lindy Hop and Charleston Performance Courses!

Perform in a dance show with Swing Dance Leeds!

The Dance Studio Leeds is putting on a show on 8th October in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research, showcasing the various dance styles that use the Dance Studio for classes/rehearsals. We are putting Lindy Hop and Solo Charleston routines into the show and would love you to take part! This sort of opportunity only comes up every so often and is a really rewarding experience.

In these courses, you will learn a choreographed routine, which you will then go on to perform at the show on 8th October. The details are as follows:

Lindy Hop Course dates/times:

Sunday 11th September 3-5pm
Sunday 25th September 3-5pm
Sunday 2nd October 3-5pm

Charleston Course dates/times:

Saturday 10th September 9-10am/11am-12noon
Sunday 25th September 9-11am
Sunday 2nd October 10am-12noon

Saturday 8th October – The Show!

The courses run for a total of 6 hours each (rather than our usual 4). However, the cost of the courses will still be the same as usual (£30) and you’ll get to perform on stage!

We’re specifically aiming the choreography at newer dancers, but the Course is open to anyone with previous Lindy Hop/Charleston experience.

The day involves a rehearsal on stage in the daytime followed by the show itself in the evening. As well as being a great opportunity to show off your skills on stage, and perhaps challenge you to do something outside your comfort zone, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to get involved in fundraising for a great charity. The fundraising page for the event is here: https://yorkshirecancer.everydayhero.com/uk/the-dance-studio-leeds

If you’re interested in either of these courses, please email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book.

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Learn the Shim Sham 8th May

Learn the absolutely classic routine all Lindy Hoppers should know – The Shim Sham!

Sunday 8th May
1:00 – 3:00pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in
No experience necessary

The Shim Sham is a awesome but simple jazz routine that anyone can learn. This workshop will start right at the beginning, no previous experience is necessary. The Shim Sham is performed at most events and we’ll make sure to give you the opportunity to practice at our drop in classes and socials.

There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day! Feel free to join the facebook event though: https://www.facebook.com/events/956019284514627/

If you’re unsure what this is all about check out Frankie himself breaking it down:

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Learn to do the Charleston in 2016 with Hot Charleston!

Hot Charleston is a great way to learn the Charleston, have fun, burn off a few calories and meet some great people. The next Hot Charleston is on 23rd January.

Saturdays (usually 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month)
3:30 – 5:30pm
@The Dance Studio Leeds
£8 drop in, no booking required
Comfortable clothes and flat shoes recommended
Solo charleston, no partner required.

The workshop is open to absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike, starting from the basic step giving you a few showy moves and a good workout. The workshop has two sections; the first section gives you a short fun routine and the second section focuses on developing the steps you’ve learnt in the first section, introducing a freestyle aspect (but in a structured way). This will give you the confidence to Charleston anywhere.

Check out this video from the last Hot Charleston here and see the fun for yourself:


Can’t make this one? Hot Charleston is run two times a month, for a full list of dates please visit:
https://swingdanceleeds.com/whats-on/solo-charleston-workshops/

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