We run a variety of dance teams ("shimmyteams") throughout the year. Each team focuses on a different topic: switch lindy hop (dancing both roles), lindy hop, balboa, or solo jazz.
Our teams are formed via audition and are made up of hard-working dancers who are willing to rehearse once a week and put in extra practice time between rehearsals to hone their performance skills. Team members pay monthly dues to cover expenses such as rehearsals, coaching fees, and competition registration fees. Team members get into our social dance for free!
Our goals for the teams are to create exciting reasons for dancers in our community to work on their dancing, strengthen our community by creating bonds between team members, and inspire the Bay Area swing dance communities (and beyond) by performing unique choreographies that push the boundaries of swing dancing. Join us!
Shimmytown Shakers - Lindy Hop Team
Ann and Ryan have been performing and competing together for 7 years. They are both musically-inclined people who understand the relationship between music and dance, and they care deeply about swing dancing as a unique mode of self-expression. This routine is sure to be challenging, artistic, and contain sections of solo choreography. There will be no aerials in this routine.
Lindy Coaches: Ann Mony & Ryan Calloway
Shimmytown Shines - Lindy Hop Team
We’re thrilled to have Hannah and Sean join Shimmytown to choreograph and coach one of our two lindy hop teams. These two very talented and musical performers are planning a fun, quirky routine for us. The routine will showcase the wonderful world of lindy hop and will include sections of solo choreography. There will be no aerials in this routine.
Switch Coaches: Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies & Sean Krazit (in video skip to 4:26)
Shimmytown Shouts - Solo Jazz Team
We are so very lucky to have Shannon choreographing and coaching for us again this season. Shannon is such a talented and creative dancer, performer and musician, and we’ve all loved the choreographies she’s already taught for Shimmytown. To quote Shannon about this upcoming routine, “Get ready to throw down.”
Solo Jazz Coach: Shannon Lea Watkins
Shimmytown Shufflers - Balboa Team
Come get your shuffle on with the Shimmytown Shufflers! Carissa and Tor are coaching their second season and creating a unique performance piece just for you. The choreography will be designed as primarily socially lead/follow-able - with a few twists thrown in! There will be strong emphasis in Balboa technique and refinement during each session.
Looking to take your Balboa to the next level? Want to help show everyone how awesome Balboa is? Dying to figure out how to make your feet look good when you do that one move? We'd love to have you!
Balboa Coaches: Carissa Koo & Tor Helmer
Our Shimmyteams have performed / competed at the following events:
ILHC (International Lindy Hop Championships). Washington DC. 2017
Camp Hollywood. Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Inspiration Weekend. Fullerton, CA. 2018
9:20 Special. San Francisco, CA. 2017 & 2018
Swingin' at the Savoy. Oakland, CA. 2018
Wednesday Night Hop. Palo Alto, CA. 2017
The Breakaway. Oakland, CA. 2017
Woodchoppers Ball. San Francisco, CA. 2017