The Rusty Frank offerings
Dance teacher and author Rusty Frank offers a video tape teaching
you Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy. She also authored Tap!
- a book on the lives of pioneering tap dancers
I recommend both items. They are offered at good prices and are both
good values. You can purchase them from her at:
spot on the page which offers the book and the tape:
This page also offers other dance items including swing items.
Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy tape with Rusty Frank. She gives
you a good lesson in the Shim Sham and offers some tape of Leonard
Rusty Frank's book on tap dancers. The forward is by Gregory Hines
and each chapter is about a dancer or dance team in their own words.
Many of the people at Leonard's May 6, 2000 tribute in Kansas City
are also featured in the book including Cholly Atkins, Jeni LeGon,
and both Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold.
Here is the chapter with Leonard. As you can see it is nicely laid
out, cleanly printed, nicely constructed and is well illustrated with
You can also get the book at such outlets as Barnes and Noble. That
is where I purchased my copy but then (1) I was impatient and (2)
a trip to the book store usually goes along with my lunch break. But
if your store doesn't have it in stock you know you can get it directly
from the author herself at her website.