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4 SHIM SHAM DVDs and 2 SHIM SHAM CDs
Leonard Reed's "The Revenge Of The Shim Sham,"
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).
DVD-R format (no region coding), PC/MAC Compatible
Save and purchase both Shim Sham DVDs:
Three Shim Sham Routines with Joel and Alison Plys
Joel and Alison's Shim Sham DVD is one of the best out there - you will learn all three routines on one DVD. It has over 35 moves. You will learn these versions:
* ORIGINAL (Classic dance done by Lindy Hoppers around the globe)
All you need after that is the tap dance version!
The Shim Sham (non-tap version)
Most commonly danced to "Tuxedo Junction" (on "Really Swingin' Frankie Manning's Favorites" CD) and also now to Bill Elliott's "Shim Sham Song" on Swingin the Century. However, it can be danced to any song with the same structure.
STEPS (this is not full detail, but an outline for you)
Shim Sham R, L, R, R, L, R, L, L, R, L, R, R
Break R, touch L, L, touch R, back R, Back L, Forward R, forward L
Pushes Push (to the R), Push and a - cross over, Repeat to L, Repeat to R
Cross Overs 3 times
Tacky Annies Starts on AND (&), &-8 (R-L), touch R behind on 1, on 2 step R, on 3 touch L behind, etc.)
2 Breaks Fall forward on 8 on R, back on L, then shuffle-ball-change (R, R, L). 2 in a row.
4 Boogie Backs Kick R, ball change (R,L) (count is 8 & 1) (Clap while you kick R). 4 in a row heading back. Takes 1 8 count.
Boogie Walk Walk forward R, L, R, L. Takes 1 8 count.
Boogie Backs same as above
Boogie Walk same as above
Boogie Back Again (for the third time)
Shorty George Forward. Kick with R, ball change (R,L) (count is 8 & 1), R, L, R, L, R, L (last L is on 7 and you are ready to kick 8 on R again.
Boogie Backs same as above
Shorty George same as above
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