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TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955
by Rusty E. Frank

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From the vaudeville era, through the Astaire-Rogers movies, to the intricate artistry of bebop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humor. The book collects the voices and memories of thirty of America's best-loved tap dance stars together with 200 rare theater, film, and publicity photographs. Here Shirley Temple recalls her magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club performing with Cab Calloway; Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio; Hermes Pan reminisces about his work with George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire; and, in a chapter new to this edition, Toy and Wing tell about their days as the world's leading Asian American tap duo. Appended with the most comprehensive listing of tap acts, recordings, and films ever compiled - newly updated for this soft-cover edition - TAP! brings to life the legends of one of America's most cherished and enduring art forms.


NOTE: This book was written by Rusty Frank, and if you would like your copy autographed, just let Rusty know to whom to inscribe the book and if there is anything special you would like to note. Please personalize to:

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Gene Kelly - Susan Stroman - Baby Peggy


If you like tap dancing and tap dancers, this is your book!"

Gene Kelly


Dear Rusty,

Thank you for your book. I love it!

Congratulations. That is an amazing accomplishment.

Susan Stroman

[Tony Award Winning Broadway Choreographer & Director]



dog-ear (dogir, dg-)
n.
A turned-down corner of a page in a book: dog-eared, dog-ear-ing, dog-ears
1. To turn down the corner of (the page of a book).
2. To make worn or shabby from overuse.

The above describes the book (only the corner is visible at right) of Rusty Frank's book TAP! I used it so much I had to take it to a book binder and have it spiral bound to keep it together. Then I purchased another (blue book standing) and the gold lettered black book (next to pink) is another copy -- the original hard cover edition. Every tap dancer should own at least one copy of this fabulous tap history book (Christmas is coming!).

Ginger Roberts
Performer ~ Dance Teacher

Hello Ms. Rusty Frank,

This is a long-overdue note of appreciation and thanks. I loved your book, TAP, and have two paperback and one hardcover copies in the American Vaudeville Museum Collections. Blessings on you for committing the stories of so many fine percussion dancers to print for others to read.

I'm happy that I now am able at last to say "Well done" and thank you.

Respectfully,

Frank Cullen
American Vaudeville Museum


From Monte Howell - 1940's Veteran Lindy Hopper

I received your book "TAP !" and wow what a great professional piece of work. You must have devoted years in research to come up with all of those great articles and quotes from all of those famed dancers. Nora and I talked about many of the dancers we had watched on Television, Movies and Vaudeville shows. Your insight to what the dancers felt about their work is interesting. I know in our experience in swing dancing that there is a certain feeling of rhythm that matches the music and when that is there everything comes together, it feels great. The layout of the book is wonderful, a real professional document.

As a matter of interest, Sailing out of Newport Beach we met Buddy Ebsen on several occasions. In fact our second sailboat did not have an engine, so on several occasions we were becalmed after a sailboat race and Buddy Ebsen offered to tow us into the harbor and we docked at his house. He invited us in for a drink, and of course we accepted. But in our discussions we never talked about his Tap Dancing. If I only had knew about your book this would have been very interesting.

In addition, my Father was a tap dancer, where he learned to tap dance I do no know, but he danced in minstrel vaudeville show. I wish now I had asked him about his history in dance. A

Thank You very much for the book, we will spend many hours reading over and order the history of TAP! dance.


Dear Rusty:

I am now well into reading your book and wanted you to know that I praise you for your very vivid images of these wizards of tap. Amazingly you are saving them all from certain oblivion and that is such an admirable project. I'm sure they are all smiling down at you appreciatively for what you have done for their careeers.

I saw the Nicholas Brothers in several films back in the 1940s and thought they were astounding then. But knowing their lives makes them even more remarkable. Entertainment is such a necessary element in all human life. When I was a child I didn't think it meant all that much to people after the "show was over", but I have come to realize that the long term effect and memory of such be-dazzlement by great talent often stays with members of former vaudeville audiences over a lifetime! You have captured that sense of lasting value of performance, not an easy thing to do.

The work of great performers, who practice their art with true dedication to excellence, is not evanescent and "wasted on the desert air" but does indeed have a lasting impact. Reading your book brings them back to life and thank heaven we have movies to prove that such dancers as Astaire and the Nicholas Brothers actually did do what you claim! When I was in vaudeville and heard show people talking about the great entertainers of yore, such as Lillian Russell and others, I felt sorry there was no medium like movies in the past decades to record their beauty and excellence. Now for later generations, there is.

Anyway I feel I want to thank you on behalf of those who have left us, for not only immortalizing then in print but pointing out the films in which their work can be seen.

Fondly,

Diana Cary "Baby Peggy" [Child Star 1930's]


I'm halfway through your book, "TAP." What can I say? It's marvelous and truly a body of well-researched journalism. As an aficionado of swing, jitterbug and the Lindy Hop, students, teachers and dancers will appreciate perusing through the pages of their favorite dancer. Your focus particularly of Tap dancing is well deserved and should be part of a curriculum of any student of dance.

Best wishes and continued success,

Sincerely,

Josephine Powell
author, "Tito Punete: When The Drums Are Dreaming"


Dear Ms. Frank:

My name is Scott Jacobs and I am a professional tap dancer and educator. As a performer, my wife and I continue to dance as ON TAP, a specialty tap dance act on luxury cruise ships and on tours. We have worked extensively with Charo, The Drifters, and Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch fame. As an educator, I continue to teach at several dance studios where we live, at Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, PA, and at dance conventions across the United States for companies including Dance Olympus, StarQuest, Dance Educators of America, and International Teachers of Dance Inc.

Since 1995 I have been the proud owner of your book, "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955." I often refer to your book as the Tap Dance Bible, as it contains information and rare, previously unpublished and historical photographs that no other book has. I have read it time and time again and to the delight of our audiences, have made it a part of our stage show. I also use it extensively in all of my classes, whether I am teaching a technique class or my History of Dance class.

I have made your book required reading in my class, as I feel that much of the value in the book lies in its role as a research book. My students enjoy hearing about and reading excerpts form it, as it has been a guide, helping them to write many wonderful research papers. They also enjoy looking at the wonderfully clear, vibrant photographs that have helped them produce equally vibrant poster projects. The pictures provide another level of learning and are an invaluable part of the book and an invaluable tool in sharing and preserving the history of tap dance and the wonderful dancers who bring this art form to life and who keep it alive.

I cannot thank you enough for all of your time and effort that went into writing this book. I will continue to use it as an educational tool both on stage and in my classrooms. I also plan on reading it many more times!

Sincerely yours,

Scott Jacobs


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MY LIFE DANCING WITH THE STARS
by Miriam Nelson

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"Five, six, seven, eight!" Defines the life of actress, dancer, choreographer, and director Miriam Nelson.

Miriam's life reads like a 1930's musical. While still in her twenties, she appeared in six Broadway shows. On the day she moved to Los Angeles, Miriam ran into old friend Billy Daniels from New York who took her to lunch at Paramount. During lunch, Miriam ran into another New York friend, Paramount president Buddy de Sylva, who hired her on the spot for Lady in the Dark starring Ginger Rogers. Miriam has been dancing with the stars ever since!

Nelson has tapped and chassed with countless stars, including Julie Andrews, Ingrid Bergman, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thornton.

Miriam was there for the opening day at Disneyland - Walt Disney hired her to choreograph dance numbers around the Park, including the famous Golden Horseshoe Revue. Miriam's career spans both the famous and infamous eras of stage, screen, and television. Encouraged by friends and family to recall her special "behind the scenes" moments, Miriam sorted through memories, scrapbooks and mountains of photographs to enable readers to share the excitement and anticipation, the joy and the sorrow that chronicled her extraordinary life.

Fortunately, for those who love to dance and those who love to watch dance, Miriam Nelson remains an exciting part of the professional American dance scene.

"You're a darling girl, Miriam, and I love you for all that you did. God bless you always, your dear friend," - Busby Berkeley


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August 27, 2009

Miriam Nelson's book is extremely entertaining, written with honesty about her experiences working with the stars. There are many wonderful pictures placed exactly where she tells the story (you don't have to go to the middle of the book to find them). If you have ever heard of Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Liza Minelli, Ingrid Bergman or John Travolta, you need to read this book. Miriam has worked with them all and has some great stories to tell.

Jane Napier
Venice, CA



Miriam Nelson's life story reads like a Hollywood movie. Poor young girl wants to be in show business, gets into six broadway shows. Comes out to Hollywood and gets a 7-year contract on her first day! Goes on to be one of the most highly sought after choreographers in the biz, working with every major star imaginable.

Her writing style is just like her personality ~ friendly and delightful.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of American show business.

Rusty E. Frank
Author of Tap! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955


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"LEARN THE ART OF VINTAGE BURLESQUE" DVD
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"LEARN THE ART OF VINTAGE BURLESQUE"
All you need to know to produce your own Burlesque!
The History, the Dancers, the Comedians, the Sizzle!
Plus, a brand new dance, "Burlesque Beauty."

In the glory days of 1940's Burlesque, shows were filled with hilarious comedians, witty sketches, beautiful chorus girls, and... a strip tease. On this DVD you will find hours of material to help you put on your own full show, including a new original Burlesque dance routine. Even if you never plan on producing or appearing in a Burlesque show, you'll enjoy the history of the amazing days when Burlesque reigned!

WHAT'S ON THIS DVD

ALL ALL-NEW DANCE
"BURLESQUE BEAUTY"
that you can perform On-Stage or just for fun!
Choreographed by 90-year old legendary Hollywood choreographer Miriam Nelson
- Watch Miriam rehearsing The Burlesque Beauties chorus Girls, adding performance polish and dazzle!
- Plus, in-depth instruction by Silvia Plankl, celebrated German Burlesque dancer!
- Special tips on using gloves, boas, and fans!
- See the full performance at the historic 1928 Cicada Club in Los Angeles.

SHOW BUSINESS LUMINARIES REVEAL:
The history of Burlesque dancing, comedy, and sketches and how to produce a complete show today! Featuring:
Rusty Frank, Dance & Dance Historian
James Gray, Hollywood Art Director & Performer
Allison Lizzi, Producer Dollface Entertainment
Nick Santa Maria, Broadway Comedian & Historian
Miriam Nelson, Hollywood Choreographer
Silvia Plankl, Vintage Dancer
Will Ryan, Actor, Writer, and Composer
Joe Yakovetic, Artist and Designer

PLUS LOADS OF EXTRAS!
Archival Clips
Vintage Sketches
Historic Burlesque Photo Montage
Behind The Scenes Production Stills

Miriam Nelson: Burlesque Beauty - Single

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Debbie Sternbach
Show Producer/Director/Tap Dancer
Berkeley,CA

I just got my most recent DVD from Rusty Frank on " Vintage Burlesque"- and it's another winner ! Filled with vintage photos and movie clips, in addition to interviews with some of the stars who keep burlesque comedy and dancing alive today. And, the icing on the cake is a routine, choreographed by the legendary Hollywood choreographer, Miriam Nelson. Silvia Plankl takes you through the steps and style of this fun and easy to learn routine. You'll also get tips on how to use props such as boas and feather fans. After watching this video , you'll not only understand more about vintage burlesque, but you'll actually be able to perform a routine just for fun, for friends, at a show, or for that lucky someone! ( This is a great gift for Valentine's Day too, so don't wait )


From Mary Wall
Arizona

When most people think of burlesque, they think of a stage show made up primarily of striptease acts. American burlesque of the 1930's and 1940's, however, was an art form that included so much more. A true vintage burlesque show had more in common with vaudeville than with the strip clubs of today. They were a variety show that had a saucy edge. The traditional burlesque show usually included a female chorus line, comedians, sketch comedy, singers, and burlesque dancers who would dance suggestively and tease the audience. The dance was about the tease, not about the stripping. Burlesque dancers, in fact, did not "take it all off."

Dance historian Rusty Frank explores the all of this in her new 2-DVD set "Learn the Art of Vintage Burlesque." These DVDs are a fascinating look at this art form. It includes archival film footage and photos from burlesque's glory days, discussions about the history and the people of burlesque, and even instructions for a burlesque routine you can learn at home.

Disk One of the set is broken into several sections and includes everything you could ever want to know about burlesque. For the first section, Rusty Frank has assembled several experts from all areas who share their knowledge with each other and the viewer. In this section Ms. Frank discusses burlesque with producer Allison Lizzi, German burlesque dancer Silvia Plankl, Hollywood choreographer Miriam Nelson, and comedian Nick Santa Maria. Many of the comedians and comedy sketches for which burlesque was famous are highlighted in this section. Nick Santa Maria provides facts, insight, and sometimes impressions of the comedians of burlesque. It is obvious he really loves this art form and he shines when he discusses the comedians and their bits. He covers it all, and in addition to Mr. Santa Maria's encyclopedic knowledge of burlesque comedy, this section is well supplemented by film clips and photos. Viewers may be surprised to find that many of their favorite old comedy routines, such as Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First," were originally burlesque sketches, or that many of their favorite stars from the early days of television, such as Milton Berle, Red Skelton, or Phil Silvers, got their start in burlesque.

The next section is a discussion of the burlesque show's more technical aspects. For this section, Rusty Frank, Miriam Nelson, and Allison Lizzi are joined by Hollywood art director and actor James Gray and artist and designer Joe Yakovetic. They discuss everything from sets and costumes to lighting to publicity. This discussion is fascinating and will be especially beneficial to anyone who is considering producing their own burlesque show. Joe Yakovetic is especially knowledgeable about Gypsy Rose Lee: her history, her style, her ability to always leave them wanting more.

The third discussion section of the DVD finds Rusty Frank, Miriam Nelson, Allison Lizzi, and Silvia Plankl talking about choreography and the production of a vintage burlesque show. Although Miriam Nelson was not a burlesque dancer herself, she has choreographed many burlesque-style dances for movies. She discusses her process as a choreographer, how she becomes familiar with the skill set of her dancers and lets the music guide her through the creation of the dance. Miriam Nelson is a Hollywood treasure and having her stories and input on this section of the DVD is priceless. Her stories are fascinating and insightful, not only in burlesque, but in Hollywood during this era and beyond.

This DVD also includes film clips demonstrating some of the principles of what had been covered in the discussion sections. There is a clip of Gypsy Rose Lee from the movie "Stage Door Canteen." This clip is a classic example of how this style of burlesque was not at all about the strip, but rather, about the tease. Throughout the clip, Gypsy Rose Lee modestly opens her collar, removes a hat, gloves, and some undergarments, but all the while stays completely covered from her collar bones to her toes. There is no bumping and grinding. Everything is very classy and elegant. This is followed by clips from "Hollywood Vanities" that demonstrate several classic burlesque comedy routines. These routines are a fine example of what the comedy sketches were like: entertaining and very silly.

Following the discussion sections and the film clips is a bonus feature with Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan. The two discuss the comedy of Joey Faye. Joey Faye was a burlesque comedian who was responsible for many of the classic sketches. In addition to discussing his comedy, the two comedians read bits from archival scripts of Joey Faye's sketches.

The second DVD in the set focuses on a vintage burlesque dance that was choreographed by Miriam Nelson. This DVD starts with the finished product: The Burlesque Beauties performing the routine at the Cicada Club. This is followed by several sections of Miriam rehearsing with The Burlesque Beauties. She takes them through the dance, step by step, and focuses on the details of the dance. Not only is she making sure they perform the choreography correctly, she is making sure that they have all the little nuances and tease moments that is required of the dance. The dance is then demonstrated with gloves. The next section focuses on rehearsing the same routine with the addition of feather boas. It too is followed by a performance of the dance. For those who desire to actually learn the dance, there is a section in which Silvia Plankl walks the viewer through the choreography of the dance step-by-step, tease by tease. There are two additional sections in which Ms. Nelson discusses and demonstrates the use of feather fans and Chinese fans with Allison Lizzi. This is followed by a clip of Ms. Plankl demonstrating the dance with Chinese fans that was filmed in Ms. Frank's studio. The conclusion of the DVD set is a film of Silvia Plankl's burlesque students in Germany performing the original version of Miriam Nelson's routine in 2008. It was this routine and this class that was the impetus for Rusty Frank producing these DVDs.

"Learn the Art of Vintage Burlesque" is a departure for Rusty Frank and the type of videos she normally produces. She is known primarily as a Tap Dancer and Lindy-Hopper who has taken on the task of preserving these genres of dance and documenting classic routines while teaching the viewer how to perform some of these classic dance routines. It might seem odd that she has now moved into the world of burlesque. However, the era of burlesque's heyday is the same era when tap and swing were also at the height of their popularity. So, in a sense, it is very natural to include this genre in her DVD productions. This 2 DVD set is packed with 3 hours material and information about this art form and is a must have for anyone who has an interest in the history of American entertainment.


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Take a look at Jean in 1944!
LEGENDS OF SWING present JEAN VELOZ & RAY PHELPS

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WHAT'S ON THIS DVD
Lesson with Jean & Ray: Rusty & Ron discover the highlights of Jean & Rays moves and styling and break it all down for you.

Interview: Rusty interviews Jean & Ray about their lives on and off the dance floor.

Extras: Youll find loads of extras, including a photo montage, classic movie moments, and more.

JEAN & RAY
Since the 1940s, Jean and her little brother Ray have been the toast of the swing dance world. Their style, class, and personalities have endeared them to generations of dancers.

Jean & Ray were top competitors on the dance floors of Los Angeles during the Golden Era of Swing. While Ray was serving in WWII, Jean Veloz was featured in several motion pictures, including the classics Swing Fever and Groovie Movie (the Lindy Hoppers bible).

Rediscovered by a whole new generation of dancers in the swing resurgence of the 1990s, they sit high atop that swing pedestal right where they belong.

RUSTY & RON
Internationally acclaimed Lindy Hop instructors, choreographers, and performers, Rusty and Ron have been teaching together since 2003. At Rustys school, Lindy By The Sea, they developed The Track Series - Essentials for the Enthusiastic Lindy Hopper and produced the 6 DVD Series of this curriculum.


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Judy Pritchett
SwingDanceShop.com

Jean (Phelps) Veloz and her brother Ray Phelps are marvelous Hollywood style Lindy Hoppers. Rusty Frank, who has a great way of serving up historic dance treasures to today's dancers, has created a wonderful 2-DVD set of Jean and Ray. You can see them dancing yesterday and today, talking, demonstrating. Add to this the excellent instruction by Rusty and Ron Campbell, and you have such richness of content...


From Mary Collins ~ Widow of Dean Collins

Hi Rusty

Thnk you very much for sending the "Legends of Swing" DVD with my dear friends Ray Phelps and Jean Veloz along with Ron Campbell & you! It was great!

Love,
Mary Collins



From Documentary Filmmaker and Lindy Hopper, Steven Smith

More than a terrific swing tutorial, this bonus-packed set chronicles a fascinating chapter in 20th century dance. 84 and 82 years young, Jean Veloz and brother Ray Phelps can still out-style Lindy Hoppers a third their age - something they prove while sharing their trademark moves on Disc 1 with Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell (two of L.A.'s finest swing instructors).

Equally engaging is Disc 2, in which Jean and Ray share memories of the 1940s swing scene and the artists they encountered - a conversation enhanced by rare photos and galvanizing film clips. Finally, there's a full episode of the live '50s TV series featuring Jean and her future husband, ballroom champ Frank Veloz. Part variety show, part dance competition, it's a perfect coda for this labor-of-love collection of dance history.

Steven Smith



The video is fantastic...I can watch it a million times.

Gail Melikian



Hi Rusty,

I watched the interview with Jean and Ray and the history they described was fascinating. The little tidbits like the fact the the famous "stop" photo was NOT posed was one of my faves ('cause we all swear it was!). The description of the dance venues that are no-more was sad...really makes you want to keep what we have left alive 'n' kickin'....And the sample ballroom show at the end was fun to watch - as were all the other fun clips. Did not know Ray was so involved with her dance life and would I love to have one dance with him sometime!!!

Although I still have the workshop program she signed for me a few years back I look forward to having her and her, "little brother" sign my video copy.

Their energy and enthusiasm really show that dance keeps you young!!!

Jessica Densmore

PS Have not had a chance to check out the "flip side" but I am sure that, as always, you and Ron do a "bang-up" job of teaching all the tricks of the Veloz trade!!!


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LINDY HOP - LEVEL 1, WITH RUSTY FRANK & TED STANLEY

Lindy Hop Level 1, with Rusty Frank & Ted Stanley DVD
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WHAT'S ON THIS DVD
Learn the basics of the original American swing dance, the Lindy Hop. Rusty & Ted teach you the fundamentals of connection, footwork, and basic moves that will get you dancing right away on social dance floors around the world.

Whether you are learning Lindy Hop for exercise, to meet new people, to dance, to be around great music, or be part of the international swing community... or all of the above, you'll have a great time learning your basics from these two delightful and experienced instructors.

RUSTY FRANK
Internationally acclaimed Lindy Hop instructor, choreographer, performer, and producer, Rusty Frank began dancing the Lindy Hop in 1996 and founded her school, Lindy by the Sea and her weekly swing dance, Rusty's Rhythm Club, in 1998. She has been nourishing a growing dance community ever since. Her upbeat and thorough teaching methods and her special events have garnered countless accolades, including her induction into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame. She is also featured in the swing dance documentary "Alive And Kicking."

TED STANLEY
Ted began doing the Lindy Hop in 2001 as a freshman at USC, under the tutelage of Rusty Frank. His love of dancing and talent for performance earned him a spot on the Swing Shift Fliers (Rusty's dance team), and as a member of the award-winning teams One2Swing and Special Delivery Stomp. Ted has been co-teaching with Rusty the Levels 1, 2 & 3 classes at Lindy by the Sea since July 2014, and he is an utter delight. You'll see!


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Marissa Bloom

I just purchased your new Lindy Hop Level 1 DVD to teach my fiancˇ how to lindy hop for our first dance and it reminded me how much I missed your adorably energetic personality and flair from my USC days of Lindy Hopping 3 nights a week. After only 30 minutes with the DVD tonight I had him triple-stepping like a pro and we're excited to buy your older Level 2 and 3 DVDs [coming soon]. Thank you for being so awesome and sharing your skill with those of us who are no longer in the LA area! Sending you lots of love!!!!


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LINDY HOP! with Rusty & Peter
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Learn to Lindy Hop!
Rusty Frank & Peter Flahiff, Swing Shift, bring to you the same easy-going, in-depth style that they used to successfully teach thousands of students around the world. This series will get you dancing in no time. Most importantly, you will learn the skills you need to dance with Lindy Hoppers world-wide, whether you are in your home town or find yourself in Stockholm or Singapore. As Lindy Hopping continues to evolve as a dance, this video will teach you the technique and vocabulary for dancing all styles, including Hollywood Style, Savoy Style, LA Style, and your style! Start dancing and enjoy!.


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Hi Rusty,

You don't know me. I'm a new swing dancer here in OC. I've been dancing for just shy of a month (6 days a week) and picked up your Lindy Hop DVD set to supplement my classes. They are by far the best instructionals I've seen to date and have answered many questions and contradictions that I've had between instructors.

So...From a guy out of the blue...Thanks!

Sincerely,

-Damien


Both swing dance newcomers and veteran Lindy hoppers can benefit greatly from this first-class video. Co-instructor Rusty Frank has chosen moves that are easy to master, thanks to her articulate, friendly instruction and clear demonstrations from multiple angles. The moves - a nice variety of six and eight count steps - are also great fun, and work without a hitch in the real world of social dancing. Kudos also for the clever, fake-1930s newsreel that opens the tape - one more sign of Rusty and Peter's infectious enthusiasm for swing dancing, and the era that inspired it.

Steven Smith

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THE TRACK SERIES with Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell
Essentials for the Enthusiastic Lindy Hopper

"The Track Series" was developed by Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell in 2005 for the experienced Lindy Hopper. "We wanted a program that included just about every move a Lindy Hopper would want to know!" It's turned out to be a sensational program, so much so, that Lindy By The Sea students insisted Rusty & Ron make correlating DVDs.

The six DVD set matches the 6-month program that Rusty and Ron teach at Lindy By The Sea. Each Track is color coded and contains stand alone moves. In other words, students can choose any or all of the DVDs.

Each Track contains curriculum covering variations of the following moves: Swingouts, Charleston, Sugar Pushes, Slides, Boogie Steps, Hollywood Style, Savoy Style, Related Dances (1920s Charleston, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag), Styling, and Stop Reverses.

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Dear Rusty & Ron,

We love the Track series - such compulsive viewing that we now have time for little else!

Yours, John Foister
Chichester, England


Hi Rusty and Ron

The DVDs arrived today! And they are great! Terrific instructions, clear and lucid, and fun to watch and learn (great sense of humour). Highly recommended for all swing dancers! Well done!

Alex Tan
Victoria, Australia


Rusty,

Love love LOVE the Track DVDs.

I can tell that the Track Series will be my favorite Lindy instructional videos; the explanations are crystal clear and evenly balanced between advice for the men and ladies; the moves are VERY fun; and you and Ron have perfectly preserved the playful, bantering tone of our classes that help a student feel comfortable.

Brava!

Steven Smith
Los Angeles, California, USA


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TAPPING WITH THE MASTERS

Dear Rusty:

You offer so much to the tap world. You don't just "put stuff out there". You offer the best with your Tapping With The Masters series. To be able to take lessons from such incredible dancers such as Sam Weber via your series is the answer to my prayers.

I am honored to be able to pass on these historical steps through your efforts. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Ginger Roberts
Seattle, Washington




Ernest "Brownie" Brown's Copasetic Chair Dance
An Advanced Beginner-Intermediate Tap Routine

Taught by Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin

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Brownie's Copasetic Chair Dance was first done in Harlem, New York at the Hoofer's Club and was later made famous by the legendary "Copasetics." Ernest "Brownie" Brown, was the last surviving member of the group and, in the last 16 years of his life, partnered with Reggio The Hoofer. Together the two continued bringing the Copasetic Chair Dance with them wherever they traveled.

This dance is a delight to perform as a solo, or, better yet, with a group lined up across the stage - always a definite crowd pleaser!

The dance is taught by Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin who formed an enduring partnership with the vaudeville and Cotton Club legend Ernest 'Brownie' Brown. While Reggio continues to teach and perform across the U.S. and abroad, Reggio is based in Chicago where he works with the Old Town School of Folk Music, The Chicago Department on Aging and Global Roots Out-Reach which serves children in low-income schools.

BUY THE BUCK DANCE SONG MP3s HERE:

Availble in CDBaby and iTunes. Here's the link that will take you directly to CDBaby. Enjoy!

SHORT VERSION 1:41

Ernest Brownie Brown: Buck Dance Song: For Brownie

LONG VERSION 10:41

Ernest Brownie Brown: Buck Dance for Brownie


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Buster Brown's "Laura"
An Advanced Tap Routine

Taught by Sam Weber

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Buster Brown was a master dancer who was known for the speed of his dancing and up-tempo close rhythms. Even more, he was known and loved internationally for his wry, light-hearted charm, engaging modesty, boundless joy for life, and friend to all tap dancers young and old.

Buster Brown's "Laura" has been a highly lauded routine by tap dancers around the world for decades. Its musical, intricate rhythms have captivated audiences and dancers alike.

It is with great pleasure that Tapping With The Masters presents this legend's signature piece.

The dance is taught by Sam Weber who is an internationally renowned tap dance performer, master teacher, and choreographer. He has appeared with such tap luminaries as Charles "Honi" Coles, Jimmy Slyde, Steve Condos, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and the Nicholas Brothers. Sam is a protege of tap master Stan Kahn, the creator of Kanotation.

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Andy Wasserman made a great recording of Buster Brown's Laura that is availble in CDBaby and iTunes. Here's the link that will take you directly to CDBaby. Enjoy!

Andy Wasserman: Buster Brown

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Dear Rusty:

Buster Brown's "Laura" is yet another award-winning tap Dance DVD in your "Tapping With the Masters" series (I have all and am a committed "member" in your tap dance club). I feel honored that you would share this routine through the feet of Mr. Sam Weber.

The instant you made this DVD available (I happened to be online at the time) I hit the "order" key! I've waited years to learn this routine. While I understand the thrill of learning in person, having the DVD in my possession and learning at my convenience is invaluable. Not only am I getting the routine, but history, sidenotes, footnotes and interviews. My first two days with the DVD were spent watching, absorbing and beginning to learn the routine. Mr. Weber teaches in a familiar/easy manner that I learned back in the '40s. Yes, this a routine for all ages. Admittedly it may take me a tad longer to learn, but that's my preferred method that you make possible through these DVDs. I simply love having the time to inhale all the nuances of the dance. And as a P.S. what a wonderful backup to those students who have the luxury of attending live workshops, but would like to have "crib notes" to refer to at home.

Thank you - I am a happy hoofer,

Ginger


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PREVIEW
Bob Scheerer's "Am I Blue"
An Advanced Tap Routine

Taught by Denise Scheerer

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In 1994, movie and Broadway veteran Bob Scheerer created a new tap routine to a jazzy version of "Am I Blue." What begins as a soft shoe quickly shows off the best of Scheerer's kickin' and swingin' rhythms.

The dance is taught by Denise Scheerer, and features guest performers Kristie Betz, Mark Marchillo, Rusty Frank, Miriam Nelson, and Bob Scheerer, himself.

The song, "Am I Blue," performed by Jack Marshall & Shelly Manne from the record "Sounds!" is available on iTunes



PREVIEW
Stan Kahn's EE
An Advanced Tap Routine in Tribute to Louis DaPron

Taught by Sam Weber

Tap Level: Advance

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"We've presented Stan Kahn's most basic technique exercises previously with "Tapping With The Masters.' Here, I present one of Stan's most advanced routines, the culmination of his graded system of routines and exercises.

From the intermediate to advanced levels, Stan's routines were given letter names, such as "A," "AA," "B," "BB," and so on, rising in difficulty.

"EE" is a challenging routine in which Stan pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Louis DaPron, another master featured in our series. Louis' characteristic slides, thirds, riffs and cramp-rolls are presented here and given the Kahn touch."

Sam Weber



PREVIEW
Billie's Bounce
An Advanced Tap Routine by Sam Weber

Taught by Sam Weber

Tap Level: Advance

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After presenting the work of Eddie Brown, Stan Kahn and Coles & Atkins on "Tapping With The Masters," Sam Weber now steps out with a routine of his own, inspired by bebop tap master "Baby" Laurence and the music of Charlie Parker.

This is an advanced level routine that provides lots of technical and musical challenges, as well as excellent material for use in improvising.



PREVIEW
Zig Zag
A Beginner's Tap Routine by Rusty Frank

Taught by Rusty Frank

Tap Level: Beginner

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In 2007, I was invited by Zdenek Pilecky to teach Lindy and Tap to his company "Zig Zag" in Prague, Czech Republic. Prior to the trip, I visited his website and was "greeted" by the opening song, "Zig Zag." It was such fun! The song just stuck with me, and it wasn't long before my Zig Zag Beginner's Routine was born.

The dance is comprised of elementary tap steps and fun eccentric moves that are easy for even the complete beginner.

The choreography gets dancers using their whole body with great enthusiasm! It's fun for all levels.


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Hi my lovely Rusty!!

You cannot imagine the success of your routines with my pupils ("swing fever" and "zig-zag"), They want to know you!!.I speak to them about you with very much pride!!!.

I send you too many hugs and kisses!!!!
Chema
Spain


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PREVIEW
Swing Fever
A Beginner's Tap Routine by Rusty Frank

Taught by Rusty Frank
Music by Bill Elliott

Tap Level: Beginner

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Back in 1996, I was asked to create a beginner tap routine for swing dancers. I was given one hour to teach the class... (and remember, they were non-tap dancers! I came up with a routine that has proven to be a real winner ever since.

The song, "Swing Fever," is by Bill Elliott, who composed and arranged some of the most exciting new music to hit the new era of swing.

The dance is comprised of basic tap steps and some easy and fun swing movement (Truckin' and Lindy Charleston kicks). It is a routine to get new dancers moving with greater style and energy.

Great for dance teachers to get their students dancing right from the get go.


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Hi my lovely Rusty!!

You cannot imagine the success of your routines with my pupils ("swing fever" and "zig-zag"), They want to know you!!.I speak to them about you with very much pride!!!.

I send you too many hugs and kisses!!!!
Chema
Spain


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PREVIEW
Music Theory for Tap Dancers
What Every Tap Dancer Should Know

Taught by Steve Zee

Tap Level: Beginner-Advanced

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This DVD covers the most basic, need to know music concepts for dancers. You'll learn all about 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes, triplets, 1/16 notes, straight vs. swinging, bars, phrases, 32 Bar and Blues Choruses.

Steve Zee breaks down all these musical concepts in a clear, concise, and enjoyable fashion, and then follows each with a simple tap exercise for you to practice.

Whether you are a tap instructor or a brand new tap student, soon you'll be able to:

- Learn more quickly
- Have a deeper understanding of music
- Speak to musicians in their own language
- Teach more precisely
- Choreograph with greater skill

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PREVIEW
Bob Scheerer's "The Organ Grinder's Swing"
Taught by Steve Zee

Tap Level: Intermediate and up

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Bob Scheerer began tap dancing at age six and by thirteen was under contract to Universal Studios. He later moved on to Broadway, and was featured in Lend An Ear, Dance Me A Song, Top Banana, and The Boy Friend.

Bob transitioned to television where he became an Emmy Award winning director. His credits include shows and specials featuring Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Danny Kaye, and Barbra Streisand. Bob also did many jazz shows featuring such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan, and Billie Holiday.

In the early 1990's, Bob created this work of sheer swingin' delight -- "The Organ Grinder's Swing."

Tapping With The Masters welcomes Steve Zee (who beautifully breaks down the dance). Steve, a protege of Stan Kahn, has worked extensively with Bob Scheerer. Steve has danced with Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers and has shared the stage with countless tap legends. He has been a featured soloist in the Jazz Tap Ensemble and a member of Rhapsody In Taps. Steve has performed and taught around the world and is the Executive Director of LA Ironworks.


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Rusty,

The choreography in my opinion is awesome, the turns, the use of floor, the pauses, the changes in rhythm and probably one of the best to do the instruction, Steve Zee. One hellava combination.

Thanks again.

Doug Canada


My dear Rusty:

You Wrote: ". . .You're gonna LOVE this one!!" Oh, wow ~ you were so right.

It's incredible -- the routine, the instruction, the demos, the clips, the vintage clips and bloopers. No tap dancer's life is complete without this two-disk set.

My husband, exactly one year to the month younger than Mr. Scheerer, did not want me stop the video so I could prepare dinner! And he is not a tap dancer, but loves the history of tap and musicals as much as I do.

Thank you for filling my life with what I love. You are one very special lady.

Love,
Ginger


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PREVIEW
Cols & Aktins "Slow Soft Shoe"
Taught by Sam Weber

Tap Level: Intermediate and up

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Coles and Atkins were the quintessential "Class Act," setting the standard for elegance in the world of tap.

Their most outstanding number was their "Slow Soft Shoe." What set their dance apart was the seemingly perilous slowness of it. Each step was executed in graceful symmetry that was absolutely breathtaking.

Never before had such precision and style been brought to this tempo of soft shoe. The Coles & Atkins "Slow Soft Shoe" became a favorite world-wide.

Now you can learn this dance - taught by tap master Sam Weber.



PREVIEW
Stan Kahn's Tap Dance Technique
Taught by Sam Weber
2-Disk DVD Set

Tap Level: Beginner-Advanced

DVD
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"These exercises form the foundation of Stan Kahn's technique. I don't know of any other system that can take a dancer as quickly from a beginning level to an intermediate-advanced level and prepare them for the advanced work that will follow." -- Sam Weber

Stan Kahn was a tap dance master, choreographer, and teacher who influenced generations of dancers. He was born February 1, 1915, in Oklahoma City and began dancing as a child. For more than 45 years, he and his wife, Pat Mason, operated the Mason-Kahn Studios in San Francisco - a center of learning and artistry for professional tap dancers such as Tommy Tune, Sam Weber, Steve Zee, and thousands of others.

Stan trained generations of performers and it is important to note that many of these dancers have gone on to be internationally renowned teachers. It is in this way that Stan's legacy is far reaching. Not only did he personally touch the lives and careers of over sixty years worth of students, he ensured the perpetuation of his art form by inspiring and training teachers who, in their turn, inspire and train others. He not only influenced the past and the present - Stan Kahn touched the future.


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I'm sooooo glad you did this DVD

Stan is smiling on you.

Debbie Sternbach
Tap Instructor and long-time Student of Stan Kahn
Berkeley, California


I received the DVDs today. I'm reviewing Stan's DVD (at work). You are so right - it is awesome and exactly what I've been looking for! I haven't come across anything that teach how to use the arms, which helps to make you look like a professional dancer. I'm glad I don't have too much to "unlearn". I can't wait to get home to try it out. Actually, I've been going into the restroom to practice the steps throughout the day. I'm planning on doing a solo dance routine for my husband for Father's Day. Thank you so much for your website. Please don't stop adding to it! More than likely I'll have a shelf dedicated with all of your DVDs. I'm also teaching my granddaughter (21) everything I learn so she'll have a talent to fall back on.

Loreen Buford


Rusty!

OK. It's around midnight and I watched a huge chunk of disk 1 and all of disk. I can't believe how monumental an undertaking this dvd was and I think you did a remarkable job of making it a community event by including so many people, their photos, words, videos, everything. It is a very beautiful and generous thing, in addition to being a great teaching lesson. You did a great job.

This whole e-mail [is] just telling you how wonderful and touching this dvd will be to anyone who knew Stan and how informative and insightful it will be to anyone seeking good information for teaching.

Really. Brava!

Steve Zee


Dear Rusty,

Wow! What an amazing job you did with the dvd on Stan Kahn. From Sam's brilliant instruction and interview, to many nostalgic moments in videos and candid pictures (we were suprised to see ourselves in one of the kick lines at the studio!) - you captured some priceless, memorable moments.

All my best,

Karla (& Klaudia) Kobelt
Kobelt Sisters -- former students of Stan Kahn


Dear Rusty

I just wanted to say thank you for putting out such wonderful tap Dvds. I am a beginning tap dancer whose been learning at home from dvds. If I had gotten the Stan Kahn's Tap Dance Technique dvd first I would have saved a lot of time and MONEY.

The tips on balance that Mr. Weber gives are worth the price of the entire 2 dvd set, and if that's not enough just wait until they see Sam Weber improv WOW! I would recommend this dvd to anyone who wishes to improve their dancing.

Thanks, Reginald
Sweden


Hi Rusty,

I love to work with this DVD. It sure is an addition to my lessons. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The exercises on music are surprisingly nice to do because this is how I can learn to feel the rhythm. The movements of the arms, shown by Sam Weber, is certainly another addition for me. It makes the tap movements more beautiful and complete.

I'm also very pleased with the tempo. First slow and than further to up tempo. I can choose whatever I like to practice. In one word, I can recommend this DVD to every beginner.

This is "a must have" DVD.

Nadia
Holland


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PREVIEW
Miriam Nelson's Play Piano Play

Tap Level: Intermediate and up

DVD
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This especially tasty 2-chorus routine, by legendary Hollywood choreographer Miriam Nelson, is perfect for intermediate through advanced dancers. Includes many Bonus Features! Archival Footage, new interview with Miriam, photo montage, and more.

Miriam Nelson began as a performer and went on to be one of the most sought after choreographers in Hollywood. She staged two Academy Awards shows, White House shows, and the opening of Disneyland. From 1939-1941, Miriam appeared in six Broadway shows, and in films co-created many of Gene Nelson's solo routines and coached Doris Day and his other female costars. T.V. credits include: "The Red Skelton Show," "Shower of Stars," "The Bob Hope Show," ""The Hollywood Palace," and "The Lucy Show." Miriam staged acts for Carol Channing, Ann Miller, Donald O'Connor and Jane Russell.


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As a veteran performer having been choregraphed by the likes of Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman, and Lynn Taylor Corbet, I can honestly say that the instructional portion of this DVD is a snap by comparison. Miriam and Rusty are both excellent teachers. BUT, the real draw for me were the classic film clips of Ms. Nelson (Her dance from "Duffy's Tavern" is worth the price of the DVD alone), and the wonderful interview segment. Ms. Frank should have her own television show. She draws the most interesting and eye opening stories from Ms. Nelson, and the time flies much too quickly (and it's a lengthy interview!).

All in all I would say this is not just an instructional DVD for dancers only....it's a tribute to a woman who has worked with, and touched 100s of the most celebrated performers in our history. Bravo to both ladies, and thanks for the entertainment!

Nicholas Santa Maria


Wow! I just watched the Miriam Nelson DVD and I'm blown away. She is just a superb talent and a beautiful woman! I am so thankful for having worked with her; for having this DVD in my collection; and for you, Rusty, for all that you do for tap dance!

Blessings,

Camille Parsons


Miriam Nelson might not be a household name, but her work has touched and inspired generations of performers and audiences. Her resume is the LONGEST I have seen, and to this day is STILL dancing and choreographing. "Play Piano Play" is a delightful combination that would be great as a duet and even as a solo. If you like the smooth dancing of Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire, this tap dance is right up your alley. I'm a professional tap dancer and purchased this DVD as resource and reference in my tap library and DVD collection. Thank you Rusty for yet another brilliant DVD.

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PREVIEW
Louis DaPron Chorus

Tap Level: Intermediate and up


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This DVD is near and dear to the heart of Rusty Frank, as Louis DaPron was her tap mentor during her formative years. This one chorus routine is a personal favorite of Rusty's and was taught to her by Louis when she was a teen. It is perfect for intermediate through advanced dancers.

Louis DaPron began as a child performer and went on to become a legendary Hollywood choreographer. In the history of tap dance, DaPron stands out as one of the true greats. DaPron's unique style was developed in the "Golden Era" of the 1930s. Louis DaPron's artistry earned him the highest recognition, respect, and admiration from both Hollywood and the dance world. Louis DaPron was Donald O'Connor's principal choreographer. DaPron also taught and/or staged acts for Gower Champion, Perry Como, Doris Day, Roland Dupree, Vera-Ellen, Judy Garland, Mitzi Gaynor, Bob Hope, Ruby Keeler, Jerry Lewis, Ann-Margaret, Ann Miller, and Gingers Rogers.


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Rusty,

Thank you so much for the DVD on Dad. When I opened the box and saw his picture, I just stood there and cried. That evening we played it and I did the dance with you. All those steps came flooding back. I wish you all the luck in the world.

Love, Diane Krull - Louis DaPron's daughter


Letter from

This DVD is a pure joy for every tap enthusiast! The one chorus routine which uses handclapping throughout, is taught by Rusty Frank in her unique dynamic and entertaining style and it is fun to do! The highlights on this DVD are rare clips of the early and late Louis DaPron, that document the career of this great tap dancer. Watch out for his impersonation of the bebop style of Baby Laurence (from 1981); this man knew what he was doing! Thanks to Rusty Frank's preservation efforts tap dancers in the whole world have more access to the history of this American artform. This DVD certainly is another highlight in her series.

What is not shared, is lost.

Uwe Meusel, Germany


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PREVIEW
Rusty Frank and The 1930's B.S. Chorus

Tap Level: Intermediate and up


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The "B.S. Chorus" is a classic tap dance routine known to date back to the 1930’s (perhaps even earlier!). It is a basic one chorus, 32 bar chorus, dance comprised of four steps and a repeating break. Anyone who can already do a basic Time Step and Shuffle will find this dance a pure joy.

In the years of Vaudeville, there was a common formula for constructing a tap dance, and it was called “three and a break.” Simply put, you would do one step, say a Time Step, three times and then a break. Then you would do another step three times and then your break, another step three times followed by your break, and then, at last, your big finish step. Ta da! Your routine was complete. (The Time Step was always your first step, because that would set the tempo for the local orchestra.)

So there you go. Now it’s your turn to join the legacy of tap dancers before you - learn and perform this classic tap dance routine, "The B.S. Chorus" (Boy Scout...). Enjoy and happy tapping!


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I LOVE YOU RUSTY FRANK!!

RUSTY I WANT TO GIVE YOU THANKS FOR THE EDITION OF THESE WONDERFULL INSTRUCTIONALS DVD'S,THEY ARE VERY CLEAR AND SIMPLE TO FOLLOW AND PERFECTLY EXECUTED BY RUSTY.

I WILL BUY ALL THE DVDS OF THE COLLECTION THAT GO OUT TO THE SELLING.

MANY MANY THANKS RUSTY AND I LOVE YOU!!!!

Jose M. Marin Ferrera RSS
Madrid, Spain


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PREVIEW
Eddie Brown's B.S. Chorus

Tap Level: Intermediate and up


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This two-chorus tap dance was created by Eddie Brown in the 1980s at the urging of his devoted student following. Eddie Brown called his style "Scientific Rhythm", and once you get started with this dance, you'll understand why. This dance is pure perfection, but no easy matter. Therefore, we have hand-picked tap master Sam Weber to teach and break down this dance, and he does so with great clarity and insight.


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Hi,

Just got the video with Sam Weber teaching the EB Chorus and I love it. He's such an elegant dancer and teacher and does a really good job of explaining it - thanks!

Gwen


Rusty, The Eddie Brown DVD is fantastic. Yet another great gift you've given tap dancers. Bravo!

Best,
Brian Seibert, Dance Critic The New Yorker and the Village Voice


"This is one of the Best Instructional Tap tapes (read=DVD) that I've ever seen. Well-taught, well-lit, great music, well-organized. Eddie Brown is a Legend and the Eddie Brown Choruses are a Must Have. Highly recommend.

A+++++"

Zelde Malevitz


"It's here! What do I think? I'm in tap heaven! The DVD is everything I had hoped for. I'm loving it and will take it slow and easy -- like savoring a fine meal. I can't thank you enough for this project. At 68 I learn a bit slower than I used to and really appreciate being able to learn at my pace at home. THANK YOU, RUSTY FRANK. THANK YOU MR. EDDIE BROWN. THANK YOU SAM WEBER."

Ginger


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PREVIEW
Leonard Reed's "The Revenge Of The Shim Sham,"
plus "The Joe Louis Shuffle,"
and 10-Year Anniversary Special Bonus Features

Tap Level: Beginner and up


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  • CLICK TO SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PRICING ON COMPLETE SHIM SHAM PACKAGE
  • 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).

    YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC HERE FROM CDBABY BY CLICKING ON THE ICON BELOW OR GO DIRECTLY TO ITUNES

    Dean Mora

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    ACCOLADES FROM JUDY PRITCHETT AT SWINGDANCESHOP.COM

    Rusty Frank has outdone herself producing two new tap DVDs that provide instruction, entertainment, art and uplift. One is her homage to the late Leonard Reed and presents his "Revenge of the Shim Sham", material he choreographed in his very active nineties. The other has Sam Weber teaching Eddie Brown's BS Chorus and is a sheer delight. It includes some wonderful footage of the late Eddie Brown. Hats off to the multi-talented Rusty Frank!


    The latest collaboration of Mr. Leonard Reed, the gentleman who never forgot a step or detail throughout his 97 years, and Ms. Rusty Frank is Fabulous! Not only does it detail the Shim Shams, there is wonderful extra footage of interviews, photos and performances with Leonard Reed. As usual, with Ms. Frank's work, the production values are excellent; the teaching is most clear and detailed. Get this DVD for the extraordinary footage of Leonard Reed, who is now on a far bigger and celestial stage. Thank you for this gift.

    Zelde Malevitz


    One can easily enjoy this video just for the great archival footage of Leonard Reed, and the interviews. This is a very big video and covers an awful lot of ground. The lessons, though, which I bought it for, are specatcular. Rusty teaches the steps with the camera aimed at her heels. This is because she singles out and emphasizes the heel taps, steps most videos on tap leave you to figure out for yourself as best you can. Rusty's approach has added precision to my attempts to learn tap dancing. Things I was 'getting away with,' I've had to slow down and perfect in order to execute Reed's intricate choreography. I highly recommend this video to anyone interested in the history of vernacular American dance, and to the intermediate and advanced tapper who will, I'm sure, find these lessons sufficiently stimulating.

    Patrick King


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    PREVIEW
    Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy

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


    Tap Level: Beginner and up
    DVD
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  • In 1927, two song and dance men, Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, took four popular steps of the 1920's, strung them together with a break and created the now legendary "Shim Sham Shimmy." At the time, Reed & Bryant were touring in the South with The Whitman Sisters show, and the dance was originally called "Gofus." The dance was designed to be so easy that members of the audience could be taught one step a night (getting them to come back to see the show three more times to learn the rest of it!). The dance travelled quickly up north and was renamed in the 1930s when it was performed in New York's Shim Sham Club and the chorus girls added the shimmying of the shoulders on the opening step. The second chorus, "The Freeze," is the same as the first, but dancers freeze in place of the break step.

    In February of 1994, at age 87, Leonard decided it was time to create another chorus -- "The Shim Sham II."

    Leonard Reed lived to be 97 years old, and, to his utter delight, he saw his dance become the official "National Anthem of Tap."

    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.

    YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC HERE FROM CDBABY BY CLICKING ON THE ICON BELOW OR GO DIRECTLY TO ITUNES

    Will Ryan & The Palm Springs Yacht Club, with Rusty Frank: Classic Songs for Leonard Reed

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    "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!"

    Gay Caldwell


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    SPECIAL - COMPLETE SET: 2 DVD Set includes All Five Leonard Reed's Shim Shams

    From 1927-2002, Leonard Reed made up FIVE Shim Sham. "Shim Sham Shimmy" (1927), "The Freeze Chorus" (circa 1930s), "The Joe Louis Shuffle" (circa 1948), "Shim Sham II" (1994), and "The Revenge of the Shim Sham" (2002). You can have them all in our two DVD Set:

    1. "Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy" includes:
    The Shim Sham Shimmy
    The Freeze Chorus
    The Shim Sham II

    2. "Revenge of the Shim Sham" includes:
    The Revenge of the Shim Sham
    The Joe Louis Shuffle Shim Sham

    AND! Don't forget all the Bonus Features!

    Shim Sham Complete 2-DVD Set
    Regular Price: $74.00
    Your Price: $65.00
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    I just recieved the whole shim sham package(dvd's and cd)a couple of weeks ago and I'm shim shamming in my sleep! I love both the dvds and cds. The dvds are so comprehensive and concise. You are not left disappointed or confused. Rusty has covered the important elements: clearly breaking down the steps, providing musical accompaniment you can use to show your dance, including performers of all ages and ethnicities in the dvd, and showing respect to the roots of tap dance. This collection is a must for tap teachers. I love it!!

    Maureen


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    Leonard Reed's "32 Bar Riff" CD

    Leonard Reed was a prolific 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 (http://morasmodern.com). 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 9 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.

    Dean Mora
    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.

    Will Ryan & The Palm Springs Yacht Club, with Rusty Frank: Classic Songs for Leonard Reed
    BUY THE BUCK DANCE SONG MP3s HERE:

    Availble in CDBaby and iTunes. Here's the link that will take you directly to CDBaby. Enjoy!

    SHORT VERSION 1:41

    Ernest Brownie Brown: Buck Dance Song: For Brownie

    LONG VERSION 10:41

    Ernest Brownie Brown: Buck Dance for Brownie
    BUY THE LAURA TAP SONG MP3 HERE:

    Andy Wasserman made a great recording of Buster Brown's Laura that is availble in CDBaby and iTunes. Here's the link that will take you directly to CDBaby. Enjoy!

    Andy Wasserman: Buster Brown

    To buy the tap version on iTunes, go to the iTunes store and type "Buster Brown's Laura" in your search.

    BUY THE MILLER BROS. & LOIS TAP SONG MP3 HERE:

    Availble in CDBaby and iTunes. Here's the link that will take you directly to CDBaby. Enjoy!

    Lois Bright: Miller Bros. & Lois Syncopated Soft Shoe


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