How to Do the Shim Sham Tap Dance

There are many types of dances that have obtained a considerable place in this industry and the dances of early years of 20th century still have a strong impact especially in European society. The shim sham tap dance is also a famous dance which was created in 1920s by the Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. At first, embellished was the name of this dance which was later on changed to shim sham shimmy when a chorus girl shook her shoulders during performance. If you are fond to learn this dance then you can take guidance from this article.


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    First of all, you should try to get as much information about the shim sham tap dance as possible because it will help you in understanding the sequence of steps of the dance.

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    Before starting the dance, make sure the floor should be smooth or levelled. Because the steps of this dance require complete balance and if the floor is not smooth, it can make uncomfortable and you may fall down during performance.

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    While starting the shim sham tap dance, you should stomp your right foot. You should also keep this thing in mind that stomp does not bear any weight.

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    Then you should spank the step on your right foot. A spank is equal to back rush and you should perform this step carefully. Start slowly and then pace it up gradually.

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    After completing the step, you should repeat it with the other foot making sure that you are doing it in proper order. After that, stomp on your right foot again.

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    Now you should do the brush ball change on the right foot making sure that the change occurs on the left side. Now again do the stomp spank or back rush step on the right foot.

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    After completing these steps separately, now it is time to do it with combination. You should put these steps together. First of all, stomp, spank, reverse and then again stomp, brush ball change and again stomp spank. Make sure you keep the sequence of steps in right order.

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    You can also count steps like 1, 2, 3, 4 and then 4, 3, 2, 1 which will help you in keeping the sequence in mind and will help in doing steps accurately.

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    If you forget any step, start the sequence again and do it slowly. After getting familiar with the steps, you can increase the pace.

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