Leon Collins, a Tap Master and National Treasure, born in Chicago, Illinois.
His career in tap Dancing began at an early age and continued professionally until the 1960’s when tap dancing began to fade.
As Tap dance began its revival in the late 1970’s, with the urging of friends like Tina Pratt and Stanley Brown, Collins came out of retirement and began to teach.
He opened a dance studio in 1976 with Mae Arnette.
The Star Steps Studio was located in the Roxbury, a section of Boston, MA. The studio moved to Brookline in 1982 with the formation of a new partnership between Leon and three of his students, Clara Brosnaham CB Hetherington, Dianne Walker and Pamela Raff, they opened the Leon Collins Dance Studio Inc.
Leon Collins and Co. performed mainly in the New England area from 1982 until his untimely death in 1985.
Leon was best known for his work with jazz and bebop and in his latter years his work with classical music, in particular, his rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee which became his signature tune. The Clip.
Sit back, watch and listen to this Master at work and play…WOW!!!