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Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy

The Original Shim Sham (1927)
The Freeze Chorus (circa 1930)
The Shim Sham II (1994)

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy, The Freeze Chorus, The Shim Sham II all on DVD at! Dance and Shine!If you've been tap dancing for years or are just putting on your first pair of tap shoes, you'll be able to learn the Shim Sham Shimmy. On this video, you will see a demonstration of the dance by a group of talented and ageless (7-75!) tappers and hear an introduction by Leonard Reed himself. Next, tap dancer and preservationist Rusty Frank breaks down the Shim Sham Shimmy, the Freeze Chorus, and the Shim Sham II, using the same accessible methods she's used in hundreds of tap classes.

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy, DVD
Price: $30.95

DVD-R format (no region coding), PC/MAC Compatible


"I'm an advanced tapper, and tap instructor - years ago I was in a tap troupe in San Francisco, and was in a performance or two with Rusty Frank, the producer of, and instructor in this video. I found this tape to be a solid, yet enjoyable documentation of Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy. There are many forms of it in this video, and all are presented in such a way that, for the beginning tapper it might require a bit of rewinding at first, but because she gives two slower first run-throughs that are shot from behind her feet, the viewer gets a good look at what her feet are doing, and shouldn't be difficult to learn the steps. Everything takes a little bit of work, and diligence, after all.

For the intermediate to advanced tapper it's terrific! I found myself fast-forwarding through the slower repetitions of the combinations, to what she so nicely refers to as "The Brighter" version, meaning faster. It's eventually done to music, so there is a good progression from basics to performance level. She's a wonderful tapper, and this video is a lovely homage to one of the greats. I'm glad to see she's still tapping!"

G. Caldwell



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Cole Atkin's Slow Soft Shoe

Bob Sheerer's "The Organ Grinder's Swing"

Tap made easy with Eli Newsom.

Play Piano Play with Miriam Nelson and Rusty Frank.

Louis Dapron Chorus


Tap! by Rusty Frank and Gregory Hines

Shim Sham DVDs

Shim Sham Shimmy and more with Leonard Reed (tap).

Shim Sham with Joel & Alison (original (Whitey's Lindy Hoppers), Dean Collins, and Al & Leon versions)

Dean Collins' Shim Sham with Marcus & Bärbl


The Big Apple

Madison & Couples Madison

Tranky Doo (Spirit Moves Version)

Tranky Doo (Frankie Manning Version)



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