Blue Skies -- Count Basie

  Part 1: with music

​  Part 1: Breakdown of steps

  Part 2: with music

  Part 2: Breakdown of steps (link coming soon)

Full dance with music

Come Rain or Come Shine, Echo Park, 2018

Come Rain or Come Shine (beginners routine)

Irish Heart (early section with music)

1927 BS Chorus

Breakdown of 4 step dance as taught by Eddie Brown.

Thriller tap steps  (intermediate)

Video is a little wobbly, but good for students to review.

Me & My Shadow, Echo Park, 2018

Note from Howard: I regularly add material to this page. Nearly all of these are low-tech videos and mainly for my students (as opposed to something that the archivists at the Smithsonian would want).  On the left side, the routines are listed by name in alphabetical order. The most popular videos, predictably, are the Shim Sham, 1927 BS Chorus and Eddie Brown BS Chorus.

Count Basie Blue Skies, Echo Park, 2018


​Shim Sham steps

​   As taught by Leonard Reed

Spanish Flea with music

   (low intermediate routine)




Song of the Volga Boatmen

   Run through with music. (The six steps back on the diagonal should be a pullback combo.) Intermediate level.


Blue Skies -- Crosby, Nelson

  First Section with Music -- New!!


Section 2, Part B, with music

Shim Sham with slow music

   As taught by Leonard Reed

Me and My Shadow:

Summertime -- Part One with music !!NEW!!

   Summertime -- Part Two with Music

   Summertime -- Breakdown Part 2 Steps

   Summertime -- Breakdown Part 1 Steps

These vary in class, but this gives you an idea of some of the technique, and, if you want, something to work on or warm up with.

Manteca 2014​

beginners to advanced