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Absolute Beginner Tap Class Cheat Sheet – Part 2

For all beginner students, here is a list of some more tap steps to be used as a reference when practicing (timing of steps, and other important information is covered in class).

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On the spot:

1. Shuffle Ball (3 Beats: RRR): Shuffle the right foot, then ball dig with the right foot (don’t put the heel down!). Repeat on other side, and as you get faster going from one side to the other, a slight spring may be required.

2. 8 Beat Step 1 (8 Beats: RRLRLRLR): Tap step to the side (RR), heel drop heel drop (LR), slap up (L), heel drop (R), toe knock (L), heel drop (R). Repeat on the other side.

Time steps:

3. Single Time steps (7 beats: RRLRLLR, beginning on count 8 [Common Time]): Shuffle (RR), hop (L), ball (R), tap-step (LL), ball (R). Repeat on other side [Note: No heels in the whole step!].

4. Double Time steps (8 beats: RRLRRLLR, beginning on count 8 [Common Time]): Shuffle (RR), hop (L), tap-step (RR), tap-step (LL), ball (R). Repeat on other side [Note: No heels in the whole step!].

5. Triple Time steps (9 beats: RRLRRRLLR, beginning on count 8 [Common Time]): Shuffle (RR), hop (L), shuffle ball (RRR), tap-step (LL), ball (R). Repeat on other side [Note: No heels in the whole step!].

6. Time Step breaks [Can be done with single, double or triple time steps – for this example, we’ll use a single time step break] (14 beats: RRLRLLLRRRLLLR): Begin the same as a single time step: Shuffle (RR), hop (L), ball (R), shuffle ball (LLL), shuffle ball (RRR), shuffle ball (LLL), stamp (R).

Moving sideways:

1. Heel Shuffle (3 Beats: RLL), Ball Shuffle (3 Beats: RLL): Heel drop with the supporting leg (R), Shuffle with opposite leg (LL), Ball drop (R), Shuffle (LL). Repeat and gradually get faster. Practice on both sides.

TO CHANGE SIDES (If you’re ready for a challenge): Ball Drop supporting leg (R), Heel drop supporting leg (R), Ball (L), Heel (L). The last heel begins the step in the opposite direction, changing the left leg to the supporting leg. [Best done with an odd number of heel shuffles and ball shuffles, then the step to change sides].

Moving steps:

Riffs:

1. 3 Beat Riff (3 Beats: RRR): Forward brush, heel dig, Ball drop. Repeat on other side.

2. 4 Beat Riff (4 Beats: RRRR): Forward brush, heel scuff, heel dig, ball drop. Repeat on other side.

3. 5 Beat Riff (5 Beats: RRLRR): Forward brush, heel scuff, heel drop (L), heel dig, ball drop. Repeat on other side.

Remember: keep it small to get it fast!

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