The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience

May 29-31, 2010

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This past workshop in the Tradition In Tap - Series
was dedicated to the work of Featured Dancer on Broadway & Film:

Mr. Bob Scheerer


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Pictures Taken in Classes
The Workshop's Poster
Participants Showcase - Program
Resources
Workshop Faculty
Workshop Description





The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience - The Emmy
The Emmy
1963-1964 Awards
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music
ROBERT SCHEERER
The Danny Kaye Show
CBS





This Exciting Tap Workshop Included:
  • Original Choreography taught by the 'Master' himself.
  • Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
  • Participants Showcase.
  • Tradition In Tap - Award Ceremony.
  • Tap History Talks.
  • Video Presentation.
  • Tap Technique.
  • 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers Only).
  • Special Program for Teens and Young Tappers.




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Bobby Scheerer, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Scheerer, 508 Elm avenue, Inglewood,
has signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios, it was announced this week.


The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
The Boy Friend with Ann Wakefield


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Left Picture: The Boy Friend with Ann Wakefield
Right Picture: Lend An Ear - Friday Dancing Class





About:

Robert "Bob" Scheerer has held three major careers over the course of his lifetime, including work in front of the camera, on stage, and behind-the-scenes.

Scheerer was born near Santa Barbara, California on December 28, 1928. After seeing a neighbor's son tap dance in a local talent show, Scheerer's mother insisted that her son "could do that too". The next day, six-year-old Bobby was enrolled in tap class.

The Scheerer family eventually moved to the Los Angeles area, where Bob studied with Steve Granger at Maury Rubens Musical Workshop in Hollywood. At age twelve, Bob auditioned for Fred Astaire for a tapping bit in the opening sequence of Holiday Inn. Though he did not get the job, Astaire was impressed by Bob's style and grace. This relationship between Scheerer and Astaire would rekindle 50 years later when Bob Scheerer directed Fred Astaire's final TV dancing special.

By age thirteen, Bob had been contracted under Universal Studios. He was part of a group called the Jivin' Jack and Jills which featured Donald O'Conner and Peggy Ryan. The group performed twelve features, ten of which were choreographed by Louis DaPron. DaPron would go on to have a huge impact on Bob Scheerer's life and career as a dancer.

At eighteen, Bob was featured in the show, Lend An Ear, a show that was so successful, it moved from Hollywood to Broadway, playing in five different theatres. Following Lend An Ear, came Dance Me a Song, wherein Bob Scheerer was joined by Bob Fosse in one of its musical numbers. Following his Fosse experience, Bob starred in Top Banana with Phil Silvers. Bob only played in Top Banana for six weeks before he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany for two years. After putting in his two years, Bob made his way back to New York in 1955 and was quickly cast in The Boy Friend with Julie Andrews.

Not wanting to tour with the show, he instead took a Production Assistant job with CBS on the set of The Sound of Jazz with Billie Holliday, Lester Young, Ben Webster, and other jazz greats. Here he learned the ins and outs of television, and eventually worked his way up to director, debuting in the summer series with Spike Jones. Scheerer directed such shows as The Bell Telephone Hour and The Danny Kaye Show, which landed him an Emmy Award for Best Director in 1963. He stayed with The Danny Kaye Show for two more years as producer.

Bob Scheerer directed/produced many television shows and variety specials, including shows for Andy Williams, Perry Como, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, and Frank Sinatra. He has directed numerous series shows, including The Love Boat, Matlock, Fame, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Bob has also directed three feature films: Adam at 6AM with Michael Douglas, Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete, and How to Beat the Cost of Living.

Bob Scheerer is now retired and living with his wife Denise Scheerer in Valley Village, California.






Bob Scheerer - Going Up - 1943
Bob Scheerer - Going Up - 1943
Click on the above picture for video clip





The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
(Bob on the left) Dance Me A Song with Cliff Ferre & Bobby Fosse


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(Bob in the front) Dance Me A Song with Monica Boyar





Resources:
More about Bob Scheerer can be found at:

Bob Scheerer's Oral History:
Interviewer/Editor - Steve Zee (www.SteveZee.com)
Published by LA Ironworks (www.LAIronworks.org)
Archived at the New York Public Library, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Carson Dance Library


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  • Interview Biography
  • Interview History
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  • Part #1
  • Part #2
  • Part #3
  • Part #4
  • Part #5
  • Part #6
  • Part #7
  • Part #8
  • Part #9
  • Part #10
  • Part #11

  • LA Ironworks, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, preserves and furthers the American art of tap dance by offering free classes to under-served youth in Los Angeles, culminating in performances for the community; by publishing oral histories of notable tap dancers; and by offering cutting edge professional performances to the public.






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    (Bob playing the piano) What's Cookin' - first Jivin' Jacks and Jills movie (Universal)


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    (Bob sitting in the center)
    Universal Studio school teacher - Gladys Hoene (Anne Blythe and Sabu lower right)





    Workshop Faculty:
    Click on a name for extended bio and pictures


    The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
  • Ofer Ben
  • Denise Caston
  • Rusty Frank
  • Melba Huber
  • Bill Irwin
  • Avi Miller
  • Deborah Mitchell
  • Prof. Robert L. Reed
  • Sarah Reich
  • Thommie Retter
  • Germaine Salsberg
  • Bob Scheerer
  • Denise Scheerer
  • Prof. Hank Smith
  • Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards






  • Workshop Description:
    The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience,
    an intensive weekend of exciting events, included:

    Tap Course:
    With:
    Bob Scheerer & Denise Scheerer
    • Original Choreography: "Binge-in' On Basie"
      Bob Scheerer, assisted by his wife Denise Scheerer taught an original routine named "Binge-in' On Basie". This is one of many routines choreographed by Mr. Scheerer, highlighting his Tap Legacy - Turns, Time Precision, Musicality & Showmanship.


    Honorary Tap Master Classes:
    With:
    Rusty Frank, Bill Irwin, Deborah Mitchell,
    Prof. Robert L. Reed, Sarah Reich, Thommie Retter,
    Denise Scheerer & Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

    • Eight leading tap artists taught reflections on Bob Scheerer's legacy through their personal work. Each will draw on Scheerer's influence and contribution to his / her own career.


    Tradition In Tap - Award Ceremony:
    With:
    Jason Samuels-Smith
    • Jason Samuels-Smith presented Bob Scheerer with the Tradition In Tap Award for: "Outstanding Achievements & Significant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance".


    Tap History Talks:
    With:
    Melba Huber
    • Melba Huber is one of the very few who writes about the history of tap and the many artists who play / played important roles in tap development & growth. She led the emotional 'Tap History Talks' while interviewing Mr. Scheerer, and adding her own personal insight.


    Video Presentation:
    With:
    Prof. Hank Smith & Rusty Frank
    • Hank Smith is a well known tap dancer, and collector of video & movie clips. He has an extensive library of material starting from the early days of tap dance. Rusty Frank is a well known tap historian and the author of the book 'Tap'. Hank and Rusty presented some clips of Bob Scheerer and of his work, on film and video.


    Tap Exercises:
    With:
    Denise Caston, Germaine Salsberg, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben
    • Warm-up for each day with Denise Caston, Germaine Salsberg, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, who led the morning tap drills - each with his/her own unique teaching style.


    Participants Showcase:
    With:
    Germaine Salsberg
    • A happy event concluded the first day of classes in this exciting Bob Scheerer Tap Experience. Germaine Salsberg emceed an informal Participants Showcase at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in the presence of the 'Master Himself', Bob Scheerer.




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    Left Picture: Peggy Fleming Special
    Right Picture: with Chuck Roesher - "The Love Boat" Director of Photgraphy





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    with GT (Great Tiger) - Disney Movie "World's Greatest Athlete"

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    Directing "Adam At 6AM"





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    Early years


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    Under contract to Universal Pictures





    Bob Scheerer and his choreography,
    is featured on Rusty Frank's
    "Tapping With The Masters" Series
    The Organ Grinder's Swing
    The Organ Grinder's Swing
    Taught by Steve Zee

    The Organ Grinder's Swing
    L to R:Steve Zee, Bob Scheerer & Rusty Frank






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    (Bob - left on the table) with Gene Nelson "Lend An Ear"


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    (Bob second left) "Top Banana" with Polly Ward and Lindy Doherty


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    (Bob drumming) with Buddy Rich "How's About It"





    The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
    with Mary Ann Niles and June Graham "Dance Me A Song"


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    "Lend An Ear" in LA (before New York) with Lee Stacy and Linda Ware


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    (Bob first left in the front raw) Universal feature (with Charles Butterworth and the Jacks and Jills)


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    (Bob in the middle) "Lend An Ear" The Gladiola Girl





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    (Bob - left) with Phil Silvers in "Top Banana"





    The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
    (Bob - right) with Phil Silvers in "Top Banana"





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    Bob & Denise Scheerer


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    L to R: Rusty Frank, Bob Scheerer & Miriam Nelson


    The Bob Scheerer Tap Experience
    L to R: Rusty Frank, Ofer Ben, Bob Scheerer, Denise Scheerer & Avi Miller