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On this page, you can purchase Shim Sham, Revenge of the Shim (both dvds have other material) and two Shim Sham CDs.

Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy
Including: The Original Shim Sham (1927), The Freeze Chorus (circa 1930), and The Shim Sham II (1994)

If you have 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 DVD, you will see a demonstration of the dance by a group of talented and ageless (ages 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 country code restrictions), PC/MAC Compatible


Leonard Reed's The Revenge Of The Shim Sham, The Joe Louis Shuffle, and 10-Year Anniversary Special Bonus Features
Tap Level: Beginner-Advanced

On April 5, 2004, Leonard Reed passed away. For 97 years, Leonard Reed was an amazing presence, born in a teepee and going on to become one of America's most prolific show business entertainers and producers. He has left a lasting legacy with his Shim Sham dances in both tap dance and swing dance communities through the world.

In 1927, two song and dance men, Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, took four popular steps of the 1920's, strung them together and created the now legendary "Shim Sham Shimmy" - tap dance's "National Anthem." In the 1930's, the "Freeze Chorus" was popularized. Then in 1948, while on tour with Joe Louis (the World Heavy Weight boxing champ), Leonard Reed created a simple duet variation of the dance, which he called "The Joe Louis Shuffle." In February of 1994, at age 87, Leonard decided it was time to leave one more dance and created the "Shim Sham II." But that wasn't enough! In 2002, at age 95, Leonard Reed made up his final dance, "The Revenge of the Shim Sham."

This DVD is a true "labor of love" from writer, dancer, producer Rusty E. Frank. More than a simple instructional DVD of one dance, this DVD is a devoted homage to Reed's life and his life's work. In 2004, Leonard Reed passed on the torch of the Shim Sham to Ms. Frank. She embraced her role as "Torchbearer" and spent countless hours, weeks, and months on this tribute to one of America's greatest show business personalities. In addition to the two instructional sections, "The Revenge of the Shim Sham" and "The Joe Louis Shuffle" Shim Sham, Frank also included a host of Bonus Features. Among these are historical footage of Reed, recent performances of his dances, his last interview, and a beautifully edited montage by actor, dancer, and editor Gregory Gast under Reed's own song "Smile Up At the Sun" (recorded live at Reed's memorial service in Los Angeles, California).

Leonard Reed's Revenge of the Shim Sham Shimmy, DVD
Price: $30.95
DVD-R format (no country code restrictions), PC/MAC Compatible

Classic Songs for Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy
Two fun-filled songs especially written for Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy by award-winning Hollywood composer Will Ryan, are performed once with taps, then at three progressive tempos - plus an added bonus performance with full vocals by the wonderful Palm Springs Yacht Club.

There are total of eleven tracks, especially prepared for your dancing pleasure.
Classic Songs Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy, CD
Price: $15.95
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Leonard Reed's "32 Bar Riff" CD
Leonard Reed was a proflific song writer throughout his life. Perhaps one of his last works was "32 Bar Riff", which he wrote especially to accompany his Shim Sham dances.

As a gift to Leonard, Rusty brought into the recording studio his favorite maestro of 1920s and '30's music, Mr. Dean Mora. As Rusty was to Leonard's Shim Shams, Dean was to Leonard's compositions. Dean brought in his "Mora's Modern Swingtet" musicians, including the amazing Brian Atkinson on vibes. Dean Mora arranged Leonard's "32 Bar Riff" and the resulting recording is a wonderful testiment to Leonard Reed's songwriting ability.

There are nine specially prepared tracks just for the Shim Sham. Three tracks with Rusty's taps at progressively faster tempos, and five tracks without her taps at progressively faster tempos. Plus one bonus track with five chorus to dance every single one of Leonard's Shim Sham choruses.

Leonard Reed's 32 Bar Riff, Songs for Shim Sham Shimmy, CD
Price: $15.95
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Links to Rusty's Instructional DVDs:

Rusty has a Tappin' With The Masters Series, in which she has brought back all kinds of old, original tap routines for you to learn, as well as newer tap routines and music theory. She also has lindy hop instruction and other dance instruction as well (her Track Series).

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