Online Jazz (vernacular) Dance Lesson Video: Frankie's Shim Sham: Putting It All Together
Done at dances and swing events worldwide, this classic line dance is a MUST know for all Lindy Hoppers. Frankie Manning held the tradition of doing the Shim Sham at all dances to bring the community together. The original line dance was created by tap dancer Leonard Reed.
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