Solo Jazz & Charleston

Solo Jazz & Charleston

Mondays from 7.15pm at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST | £5 per class

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During term-time this fun and informal weekly class will work through a series of jazz strolls and choreographed routines including the Charleston Stroll, Shim Sham and Tranky Doo and more! These classes are great for both complete newbies to vintage dancing and those already learning partnered swing dances such as the Lindy Hop.  You’ll also have a chance to join in and perform what you learn when strolls are played at Reading Swing Jam!

Outside of term-time and during the summer months we work on developing step and variation repertoire with our Jazz A-Z series, incorporating dance and rhythm technique as well as improvisation and creative skills.

What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes for dancing and active movement (wear heels and shoes that slip off easily at your own peril)
Bottle of water
Fan or towel
Change of shirt/top
Notebook – highly recommended!

Don’t forget your Class Card to get your 6th class half price and your 12th for free!

Coming Up at Solo Jazz!

Let the Shim Sham season begin – Read on for more details.

The Shim Sham

Starting Monday 29 October

Possibly *the most* performed stroll in the modern swing dance community, the Shim Sham is a *must-know* solo jazz choreography. The Shim Sham has it’s roots in tap and it’s origins on the 1920’s stage.  Originally attributed to Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant but made famous by Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, the Shim Sham is now performed at social dances and events all over the world! Check out Frankie Manning leading the Shim Sham at Lindy Fest 2007.

All welcome – no experience necessary for Week 1! We’ll be working on the Shim Sham over two weeks. Where’s what you can expect each week:

Getting a handle on the trickier steps and transitions!
Finishing Touches
Putting it together and finishing off the choreo!

The Al & Leon Shim Sham

Starting Monday 12 November

Continuing with our Shim Sham theme, we’ll be taking a look at an alternative version created by Al Minns and Leon James. Sometimes called The Savoy Shim Sham, this routine starts off feeling like deja vu before striking out on a complete tangent. It’s a great one for rhythm variations and step combos that you can slip into your basic Shim Sham too for added flash! Check out Al & Leon performing their Shim Sham.

All welcome! Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham will be a small advantage but not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch over three weeks so no experience necessary. We’ll be working on this one for three weeks as follows:

The Routine
Getting a started from the top!
The Routine
Working our way through the choreo!
Practice & Polish
Revisiting any tricky bits then practice, practice, practice!


The Caribbean Shim Sham

Starting Monday 3 December

It’s getting cold outside so we’re heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham. A cardio workout, this Shim Sham is guaranteed to make you sweat and smile in equal measure! Check out Remy leading the Caribbean Shim Sham at Lindy Focus.

All welcome! No previous jazz experience necessary!
Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham is an advantage but not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch.

IMPORTANT: This is a high energy class. Please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after!

The Routine
Getting a started from the top!
Finish & Practice
Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!