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Classic Tap Repertoire – The Shim Sham Shimmy

A pair of feet wearing silver and pink tap shoes


Professor: Thelma Goldberg

Tuition: $295 member / $370 non-member

6 Weeks; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs

July 11, 2022 - August 21, 2022

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The Shim Sham Shimmy is a classic piece of tap dance repertoire that dates to the 1920s (Vaudeville era). It is the national anthem of tap dancers and is used as the finale in many tap performances throughout the world. This course introduces you to the early history of tap dance, to the history of this classic repertoire, to the steps of the Shim Sham Shimmy, and to the important individuals who created it and have kept it alive for almost 100 years! Teachers learn how to integrate the history of tap into technique and choreography lessons.

Book required:  None


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Professor Bio

Thelma Larkin Goldberg, PhD, founded The Dance Inn (1983), an independent private sector dance studio that serves over 400 students weekly. Dr. Goldberg teaches at dance teacher events and at tap festivals such as the Boston Tap Party. In addition, she mentors future tap dance educators through her work with the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Teacher Training Program. Dr. Goldberg received the 2015 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award from the Boston Dance Alliance for “her sustained excellence in teaching and passionate advocacy for the art of tap dancing.” Her research focuses on the experience of tap dance educators in the private sector dance studio; and she shares her large collection of teaching resources that include videos, books, rhythm cards and the Tap into History poster through Thelma's Tap Notes ( Dr. Goldberg recently joined the dance faculty at Dean College in Franklin, MA where she is implementing a syllabus that integrates tap history with technique and choreography lessons.