Friday, May 16, 2008

Spread A Little Happiness: Dance

"If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune." Count Basie

The Soft Shoe is a form of tap only done with soft soled shoes without metal taps attached. Performers originally wore all kinds of shoes to perform the Soft Shoe and as time went on the term soft shoe was applied to many eccentric styles of tap. The characteristics of the soft shoe however was the humor, wit, and delicate nature of the tapping performed with a very smooth and leisure cadence. Occasionally this is referred to as the Sand Dance. By

Sting - Spread A Little Happiness

This song was featured over the closing credits of the movie Brimstone and Treacle. If you've seen the film, the irony of this song is devastating. Sting actually does a pretty decent soft-shoe in this video (though as a dancer, he's no Christopher Walken.)

Christopher Walken - Dancin' Pimp

Christopher Walken plays a dancing pimp in the film Pennies from Heaven.

Of course, when you have one of the world's foremost bongo players backing you up, dance steps become a little more lively.

Dinah Shore Chevy Show Ann Miller Jack Costanzo Bongos! Tap!

Here she is, Miss Ann Miller, punishing the parquet as she vows "I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die" in a unique tap/bongo duet with the legendary Jack Costanzo on the skins from the December 27, 1957 episode of The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.