Shimmies

References

Jazz and Charleston video danced by Al Mins & Leon James.
1960 Newport Jazz Fest video danced by Al Mins & Leon James.

Historic References

The shimmy goes way back to the “Haitian Voodoo ” dances with the rapid shaking of hips and shoulders. The Horon dance of the Black Sea has one of the most characteristic movements, in horon dances, there is a fast shoulder shimmy and a trembling of the entire body, which imitates or suggests the movements of the hamsi (type of anchovy) as it swims in the sea or struggles in the nets for its life. Learn more on the Street Swing Page

Didactic Videos

Learn it with Rachel Cassandra.

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