5 Basic Tap Steps for Beginners

July 27, 2021
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Tap dancing is an amazing skill to have for both children and adults. A great way to keep fit, develop musicality, rhythm and co-ordination and much more. 

If you are thinking about giving tap classes a go, why not try out these 5 basic steps to get you started. You don’t even need tap shoes to try this – pop some trainers on and give it a go!

  1. Ball Heel

Lift the foot up off of the ground, and place the ball of the foot on the floor with pressure through the instep. Then lower the heel to the floor to make the second sound.

How to tap steps - ball heel

2. Ball Beat

Starting with a flat foot, lift the ball of the foot off of the floor (keeping the heel on the floor) and beat the ball to the floor.

How to tap steps - Ball beat

3. Stamp

Lift the full foot off of the floor and beat the full foot evenly into the floor. 

How to tap steps - Stamp

4. Heel Dig

Lift the full foot off of the floor and dig the heel only into the floor.

How to tap steps - Heel Dig

5. Shuffle

Lift the foot off of the floor and brush the foot forwards, making a sound with the ball of the foot. Then brush the foot backwards, creating another sound with the ball of the foot. Tip: don’t let the heel come into contact with the floor.

How to tap steps - Shuffle

Once you’ve tackled these 5 basic steps, you’ll be able to start joining them together. Before long, you’ll be able to create short combinations. Give this one a go:

If you’d like to give tap class a go, at Zest Dance, we offer a free trial on all of our classes.

We have classes for age 4 + in Stratford-upon-Avon, New Milton and Kenilworth at various times throughout the week. Our adult tap class in New Milton for age 18+ takes place on a Thursday at 6:30pm and our brand new adult tap class in Stratford-upon-Avon takes places at 7:30pm.

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