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Lost Soul
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Shim Sham & Big Apple

Last Sunday we had an hour long lesson in the shim sham and the same for the the big apple. It was fun!

On the rare occasion I go for job interviews I list one of my many outstanding qualities as 'fast learner'. I now realise this to be an outright lie as I have the learning capacity of a small twig. At least where dancing is concerned.

I estimate a further 46 lessons to learn the shim sham. And the big apple? Somehow I can't see myself doing that in public unless under the influence of bourbon and crack cocaine. Frankly, I found it to be a little bit of a silly dance. Especially 'the scratch'.
Any other movers and groovers enjoy these dances?


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lindydivaus
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Re: Shim Sham & Big Apple

I&#39;m not a big fan of "line dances", even when they&#39;re done in a circle. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

I&#39;ve learned the Shim Sham, used to know it well, and at this point I can kinda fake my way through, but give me lindy hop or balboa any day&#33;


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Nope. Just because something is old, or because someone says it&#39;s &#39;cool&#39; doen&#39;t make it good IMHO.

I&#39;ve seen enough of this, and even participated in a lesson or two, but it left me cold.

I don&#39;t like Balboa either.

Lindy Hop and  Charleston are great dances, the rest can be consigned to the annals of history for my part.


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Lost Soul
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Lindy Hop and  Charleston are great dances, the rest can be consigned to the annals of history for my part.

Wow, that&#39;s a bit of a sweeping statement&#33; Do you not like to Shag?




OK, the double entendre chortles should have subsided now. I think the shim sham looks really good when done well and I like the idea of a jazzy little line dance for when you fancy a bit of a move but have drunk a little too much to think about partner dancing.
I can&#39;t do Balboa but I think that&#39;s also a really neat looking dance that I hope to learn one day.
Come on Bubbler, aint it about time you got your dancing shoes on again?


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Wow, that&#39;s a bit of a sweeping statement&#33; Do you not like to Shag?

Yes, but the position&#39;s ridiculous and the expense damnable.

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Come on Bubbler, aint it about time you got your dancing shoes on again?
Well, perhaps. But I grew weary of entertaining someone else missus, and realised I was never likely to progress beyond basic 6-count moves without a regular dance partner.

Which left me with sore feet.

So be it.

Andy


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Lost Soul
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Hmm, excuses, excuses. Most chaps I see at dances have arrived on their own.

Mind you, I&#39;d be the same. I rarely dance with anyone else except Miss R. And that&#39;s the way I like it&#33;  [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

But anyway, we can still all shim sham&#33;


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<!--quoteo(post=79181:date=Apr 6 2006, 09&#58;00 PM:name=Lost Soul)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Lost Soul &#064; Apr 6 2006, 09&#58;00 PM) [snapback]79181[/snapback]</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->
Hmm, excuses, excuses. Most chaps I see at dances have arrived on their own.

Mind you, I&#39;d be the same. I rarely dance with anyone else except Miss R. And that&#39;s the way I like it&#33;  [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

But anyway, we can still all shim sham&#33;

I &#39;hit the scene&#39; for a full two years, so I think I gave it a good shot. I&#39;m not one to give up on things easily, but I just wasn&#39;t getting out what I was putting in.

Learning dance moves for me is excruciatingly difficult, as I have two left feet- partly compensated by having two right hands.  [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

I have no problem with going places alone, I do it all the time- the price of having highly unusual interests and tastes. But wherever I have gone, I generally manage to get along with those I find there.

However, I never felt quite at home among the swing dance fraternity. Always felt it&#39;s a bit shallow- all fancy clothes, fancy moves and no personality. There are exceptions of course, but a handful of people does not a good scene make.

Perhaps it&#39;s me......... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]


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Lindy Laura
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However, I never felt quite at home among the swing dance fraternity. Always felt it&#39;s a bit shallow- all fancy clothes, fancy moves and no personality. There are exceptions of course, but a handful of people does not a good scene make.

Perhaps it&#39;s me......... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

NO, IT ISN&#39;T JUST YOU. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

hi folks i&#39;m back after, ooh, a year or so? and i&#39;m fed up with the dance scene too. it IS shallow, it IS a parody of vintage living, and it DOES do my head in.

and I hate El nino too. (only brits will understand that one) [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

x


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Welcome back LL&#33;  I hope by your making an appearance here you&#39;re not mad at us as well.  We like ya&#39;.

I think a "swing" scene is kind of silly anyway.  I&#39;ve always been a bit pragmatic about such things and know you can never go back, your best hope is to bring a little of the best of the past along with ya&#39;.  Mind, I dig nice clothes, would very much like a chance to have a nice evening with a lovely companion which included dancing and maybe some dining.  And if I just had to put up with some shallowness to get it, eh, I guess I would.  But I&#39;m with you LL if you&#39;re talking about the snooty uppity-ness I&#39;ve seen on display a couple of times in the past.  I want to feel at least as welcome with other strange fish as I would around "normal" folks.

Down with El Nino, durn thing causes hurricanes as well as unseasonably hot weather.


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Lindy Laura
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haha well exactly&#33; except this el nino has turned the whole &#39;retro&#39; scene into somebody wearing a waistcoat with no shirt, a woman&#39;s scarf, and a tiny, toy-sized top-hat. I hope you&#39;ll agree, that&#39;s not a good look [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

I&#39;m not mad at anybody on here at all, I just got overloaded with things I was doing, and lost touch with what was going on here. I figured it would be too much like hard work to get involved again- but nevertheless, I&#39;ll stick my oar in when I feel it is necessary  [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

http://www.swingdanceuk.com/main/LLHF/images/elnino2%20copy.gif <not the best picture, and I&#39;ll admit he is wearing a normal sized top-hat, but still...  [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]


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OOOHHHhhhhh&#33;  I think that look quite makes hurricanes look good&#33;  We&#39;re moving kinda slow around here at the moment, so probably not much work keeping up.  Always a pleasure, whenever you show up, know you&#39;ve got friends here.


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Lost Soul
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We accidentally did another Big Apple class and were were absolutely hopeless. Never again.

Quite enjoying the Charleston Stroll every time I get drunk though.


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