Past workshops

Al & Leon Shim Sham WORKSHOP

Weekend workshops are great to learn some particular styles or choreographed solo jazz routine to aid your swing dancing!

Here's one for you this September:


Learn the Shim Sham as performed by legendary dancers Albert Minns and Leon James. This is a must-know vintage jazz routine for all swing dancers. It’s also a lot of fun, with sweet rhythms and plenty of opportunity to inject your own character into the choreography. OPEN LEVEL - NO PARTNERS NEEDED

Albert Minns and Leon James were Savoy Ballroom dancers and members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

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When: 14.00 - 16.00 Sunday 16-Sep-2018

Where: GS Dance Studio A @ 129 Dinh Tien Hoang, Binh Thanh (Google Map locator )

Instructor: Sangsang Kim

What to WEAR:

Dress comfortably for physical movements. Bring extra shirts and/or towels for the sweaty ones please!!!

Best to wear your comfy non-marking sole sneakers and very low-heel-no-spiky dance shoes!



Price: VND 350,00 / person at door

Please arrive 15 mins earlier to register and pay!

Solo Blues with Luna


If you love jazz blues and wouldn't mind bursting out groovy moves on the dance floor like you would in your own room, we are going to have a date this coming Sunday 24-June-2018 at 214 Pasteur, D.3 at noon!

- What is Blues? melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It developed in the rural southern US toward the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s as blacks migrated to the cities.

Class will get participants introduced to the Blues groove and how to move individually with body and soul to the groove with solo techniques.

- How to register: Online pre-registration by Jun 20

- Price: VND 290,000 per person

- How to pay: 15 minutes before class time at the studio after registering online

++ About Luna ++

Han Joohee is a Swing Blues dancer from Seoul, South Korea since 2006. Luna, her nickname, has established her standing in the growing Blues dance scene in Korea as a popular instructor and judge after winning several Blues competitions like Legend Swing of Korea 2015 and Blues & Blues 2016. She has recently relocated to Danang and will be spending her 1st Vietnam weekend sharing her love for Blues dancing in solo in this 2-hour Solo Blues workshop.

++ About our sponsors ++

Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy - SMPAA is proudly our venue sponsor with the vision to foster the holistic development of the young generation through education in music and the performing arts.

Keds Vietnam is our voucher sponsor for all registered and paid participants of the workshop. Each can receive 2 x vnd 100,000 vouchers to be used at any Keds stores in Ho Chi Minh city until July 24, 2018.


Talk about Connection

Let's talk about connection

  • What: Whether you have been dancing or brand new, join us for 90 minutes where we talk about this connection between leaders and followers in swing dancing that separates this dance style from solo dance. Some social dance moves to get the knowledge into you too!
  • When: 19.00 - 20.30 of December 26, 2017
  • Where: La Habana @ 152 Le Lai, D.1
  • Everyone can be a leader or follower!
  • Price: VND 150,000/pax or VND 200,000 / couple


This is one of the most popular jazz routines in Swing dancing seen at socials or international dance exchanges.

Cost: 200,000 VND per person or 640,000 VND per group of 4 Level: Open

When: 1pm - 3pm Saturday 14-Oct and 21-Oct

Venue: Erato School of Music & Performing Arts @ 107 Tôn Dật Tiên, CR2-22-24, Tân Phú, D. 7

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doing the shim sham


The Tranky Doo is another 1940s jazz line dance that likely originated in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, and like the Shim Sham Shimmy, the Tranky Doo is danced in a line formation. The dance incorporates a wider variety of steps than the Shim Sham, as well as steps with more interesting and challenging rhythmic syncopation. The routine will be broken down in 4 parts of 2 hours each per day on October 15, 22, 28 and 29 at Erato School's dance studio.

Cost: 800,000 VND per person

Level: Intermediate or Hip hop / break dancers with ease in rhythmic syncopated movements

When: 1pm - 3pm October 15, 22, 28 and 29

Venue: Erato School of Music & Performing Arts @ 107 Tôn Dật Tiên, CR2-22-24, Tân Phú, D. 7

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Special workshops with Ann Sychterz, visiting dancer from Canada

Ann began swing dancing (lindy hop, balboa, and shag) 2009 in Waterloo, Ontario (not far from Toronto) and started teaching a year after. She moved to Lausanne Switzerland for her PhD with robotic bridges, where to founded and teaches at Studio Swingtime. She holds titles for competitions in balboa and lindy hop from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, and Russia. As an academic and a dancer, she finds joy in teaching. Her personal and teaching focus is on musicality as a partnership while keeping a comfy dance.

Collegiate Shag


The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is a partner dance, originated in the Carolinas in the US, done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music (185-200+ beats per minute). Come learn the basics that would get your feet unstoppable in fast music with Ann in this 2-hour workshop followed by 1 hour of social dance in La Habana (upstairs)!

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What: 2-hour class + 1-hour social dance

Cost: 200,000 VND per person or 380,000 VND per couple

Level: Open

When: 7pm - 10pm Tuesday 14-Nov

Venue: La Habana upstairs @ 152 Le Lai, D.1


The Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s (though it may have started as early as 1915) and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. The term Balboa originally referred to a dance characterized by its close embrace and full body connection at tempos of 180 - 250 beats per minute. Come learn its basics and how to mix Lindy Hop and Balboa beautifully with Ann!

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What: 90-minute of workshop before 2 hours of social dance

Cost: 190,000 VND per person or 350,000 VND per couple

Level: Intermediate

When: 7pm - 8.30pm Wednesday Nov 15

Venue: La Habana upstairs @ 152 Le Lai, D.1

Balboa dance

What is Shim Sham?

Shim Sham is originally a tap dance step from the Afro-American community. This routine then was reused by numerous Swing and Lindy Hop dancers who adapted it and created new variations as a line dance routine. Nowadays, most Swing dancers know at least the simplified version to join in the Shim Sham fun in most every swing dance events in the world.

In the late 1920's and the 1930's, at the end of many performances, all of the musicians, singers, and dancers would get together on stage and do one last routine: the shim sham.

Shim Sham vốn là 1 bài nhảy thiết hài bắt nguồn từ cộng đồng Mỹ Châu Phi, sau đó được Swing và Lindy Hop biến tấu lại nhiều lần thành 1 bài nhảy nhóm tập thể. Ngày nay, hầu hết những ai khiêu vũ môn Swing đều biết ít nhất biến thể đơn giản nhất để có thể tham gia nhảy cùng mọi người dù bất kỳ nơi nào trên thế giới.

Thường đây là bài dùng để làm màn kết cho các show diễn ở Mỹ vào thời điểm thịnh hành, gồm tất cả diễn viên, nhạc công, ca sĩ, vũ công cùng lên sân khấu nhảy cùng nhau.


Watch this little clip of our Shim Sham at Sunday Social at LFS | Xem đoạn phim của bài nhảy Shim Sham tại quán Cửa Sổ Mặt Trời La Fenetre Soleil số 44 Lý Tự Trọng, Q.1:


When: 15.00 - 17.00 Sunday 7 Jan, 2018

Where: GS Dance Studio @ 129 Dinh Tien Hoang, Bình Thạnh

RSVP: Confirm going by signing up to the form below for class size control. | Ai muốn tham gia thì đăng ký vào form bên dưới.

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