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The routines on my website have been choreographed either by myself or other dancers whose workshops I have attended. They are written using mostly English tap terminology, which unfortunately is slightly different to American. For instance, a flap in the UK is called a flam in the US, and the step that American's call a flap or slap, is called a tap-step in Britain. Confusing or what! I have also used some abbreviations, which are explained below.
 
L or RDF = left or right diagonal front  L or RDB = left or right diagonal back  R = Right Foot  L  = Left Foot  Bk = backwards
Fwd = forwards  NW = no weight  NR = next to right i.e. Step LNR step left foot next to right  NL = next to left
XF = cross in front i.e. Tap step LXFR cross the tap step in front of the right leg  XB = cross behind i.e. Toe Tap RXBL toe tap is done behind the left leg. All steps are done forwards or facing front unless stated i.e. shuffle R (side) is a shuffle at the side.
 
The routines on this sight have all been reproduced with the permission of the choreographer and fellow tappers should feel free to use them. However I would ask that if you are teaching any of the routines that you acknowledge, most importantly, the choreographer, but also the source i.e. this website. Thanks!

Routine 37
Quite an old one now - this was by Diane Hampstead and taught at the ATD weekend in Bognor Regis in 2001. The music was 'Forever For Now' by Harry Connick Jr.
 

Tap-step heel beat R (fwd), tap-step heel beat L (fwd), shuffle step heel beat RXFL, heel beat L, pick-up R, heel beat L, shuffle R, heel beat L, toe tap RXBL (a12a34a5+a6+a7+a8) Rep (a12a34a5+a6+a7+a8)

3 tap-steps starting R, heel beat R sliding L round, tap-step heel beat L sliding R round, tap-step heel beat R sliding L round (a1a2a3+(4)a5+(6)a7+(8))

Step LXFR, step R bk, ball change, tap-step L (side), ball change RL (open), ball change RL (1234+5+678)

 

3x straight taps R(going round), step R, ball change LR, stamp L, schlam R, heel beat L, ball dig R (1234a5+(6)aa7+(8))

2x chug R, 2x chug L, chug R, chug L, chug R, chug L, step R ,step L, click (1234+5+6+7click8)

Stamp R, heel beat R, ball beat R, heel beat R, ball beat R, heel beat R, ball change LR (12345678)

Tap step heel beat L, step R, sideways round in circle x8, replace last step with toe tap R (a1+2a3+4a5+6a7+8…)

 

Rep all again from start

 

Tap-step heel beat R (fwd), tap-step heel beat L (fwd), fwd tap heel dig R, heel beat L, pick-up ball dig R, heel beat L, touch R(inside edge), heel beat L (a12a34a5+6+7+8)Rep (a12a34a5+6+7+8)

3 tap-step heel beats starting R (fwd), fwd tap heel dig L, heel beat R, pick-up ball dig L, heel beat R, touch L (inside edge), heel beat R, stamp L, ball dig R, click (+a1+a2+a3+a4+a5+a67click8)

Step RXFL, step LXFR, step R bk (drag L), ball dig L (1(2)3(4)5(6)7(8))

 

Tap-step heel beat R (fwd), tap-step heel beat L (fwd), ball tap R (to side), ball dig RNL, slap thighs, click. (a12a3456slap7click8)Rep (a12a3456slap7click8)

3 tap-steps starting R, heel beat R sliding L round, tap-step heel beat L sliding R round, tap-step heel beat R sliding L round (a1a2a3+(4)a5+(6)a7+(8))

Step LXFR, step R bk, ball change, tap-step L (side), ball change RL (open), ball change RL (1234+5+678)

 

Tap-step R (fwd – no weight), heel beat L, tap-step R (side-no weight), heel beat L, tap-step R (fwd – no weight), heel beat L, tap-step ball change R (to side) (a12a34a56a7+8) Rep other side (a12a34a56a7+8)

Stamp R, heel beat R, ball beat R, heel beat R, ball beat R, heel beat R, ball change LR (12345678)

Tap-step L, pick-up R, heel beat L, step R, sideways round in circle x6, step LXFR, step R (to side), ball dig L (a1+a2a3+a4a5+a6a7+a8a1+a2a3+a4567)

Routine 38
This dance was to 'Let Yourself Go' by Clare teal and taught by Diane Hampstead at a workshop I held in November 2004.
 

Forward tap R (foot turned in), heel dig R (twisting foot out), chug L, step RXBL, step L (side), step RXFL (+a1234) Rep L (+a5678)

Shuffle R, ball change RL, step R, step L (twisty steps), hop L, step R bk, hop R, step L bk, step R side (+1+2345+(6)+78)

Rep all starting L RXFL (+a1234+a5678) (+1+2345+(6)+78)

 

Tap step RXFL, step LXBR, tap step R (side), step L, tap step RXFL, step LXBR, step R (side) (+12+34+567)

Step L bk, step R bk, step L bk, step R bk, tap step L (side), open ball change RL, slide feet together, clap (81234+(5)+678)

Step R, L, R, hold, step L, R, L, hold (Shorty George) (123(4)567(8))

Tap step R, open ball change LR, ball change LR. Rep L (+1+234+5+678)

 

Forward tap R (foot turned in), heel dig R (twisting foot out), chug L, step RXBL, step L (side), step RXFL (+a1234)

Forward tap L (foot turned in), heel dig L (twisting foot out), chug R, Rep (+a5+a6), step L bk, clap (7+)

Rep previous 2 lines (+a1234+a5+a67+)

Tap step R (side), step LNR, tap step R, open ball change LR (heavy), ball change LR, ball change LR (heavy), clap (+12+3+45+(6)+7clap8)

Tack Annie - (pick-up L, ball dig LNR, step L to side, pick-up R, ball dig RNL, step R to side, pick-up L, ball dig LNR, step L to side, pick-up R, ball dig RNL, step L to side, step R to side) (+12+34+56+7+8)

 

Step L (side), step RXFL, step L (side), step RXFL (swing arms and clicking fingers) (1(2)3(4)5(6)7(8))

Hop R kicking L leg fwd, step L, hop L kicking R leg fwd, step R, Rep (12345678) - turning if possible

4 beat paddle L, 4 beat paddle R, 4 beat paddle L, step R (1+2+3+4+5+6+7(8))

Shave & A Haircut - Jump feet apart, pull back L, step L, toe tap RXBL, heel beat L, slam R (straight leg no weight) (12+a34567(8))

Routine 39
This dance is by Maurice Kachuk and he taught it at his October 2005 tap weekends. The music is Choo Choo Ch''Boogie by Louis Jordan.
 

Intro: wait 16 counts.

5 bt cramp roll R, pick-up step R, L, brush R, hop L, step R, tap step ball-change L (+8+a1+2+3+(4)+5+6+7)

Stamp RXFL, ball beat R out, stamp LXFR, ball beat L out, stamp RXFL, ball beat R out, in, out (81234567)

Repeat all starting L (+8+a1+2+3+(4)+5+6+7) (81234567(8))

 

A: Tap spring R, L, R heel beat R. Rep L (+1+2+34+5+6+78)

Stamp R, clap, stamp L clap, stamp RL, step RXBL, step L, step RXFL (1234+5678)

Rep from start of A starting L but omit last step (+1+2+34+5+6+78) (1234+567)

Shuffle L, hop R, step L, R, step L bk and flare R round and back, step R bk and flare L round and back, step L bk (+8+123(4)5(6)7). Rep starting R (+8+123(4)5(6)7(8))

 

B: Spring L, shuffle R, ball change RL (R in front), spring R, shuffle L, ball change LR (L in front), stamp L (1+2+34+5+67(8)). Rep starting R (1+2+34+5+67(8)) Rep starting L (1+2+34+5+67(8))

Hop L, step R bk, hop R, step L bk, hop L, step R bk, stamp L fwd (1+(2)+3(4)+5(6)7(8))

C: Kick R side, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL, shuffle L, ball change LR, shuffle L, ball change LR (1234+5+6+7+8)

Spring L bk, step R bk, kick L and clap, rep 3 more times but omit kick on last time (+12+34+56+78)

Repeat from start of C kicking L first (1234+5+6+7+8) (+12+34+56+78)

Tap step heel beat L, R, L, R (travelling to LDF) (+12+34+56+78)

8 walks back on same line starting L bringing knees in and out (12345678)

 

Rep A, B & C but all starting on the other leg (i.e. A starts on L foot)

 

D: Stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, lift L (1234567(8))

Rep to R but turn to face L side as you lift R leg (1234567(8)) - suzi Q movement

Facing L travelling to back - Stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL, lift L & clap hands above head (12345678) Rep to R but turn to face front on last step (1234567(8))

Step heel beat R fwd , step heel beat L bk, step R bk, step LNR, step R fwd (1234567(8))  Rep L (1234567(8)) Rep R (1234567(8))

Toe tap L, step L bk, hop L, step R bk, hop R, step L bk, jump feet apart, slide feet together (123+(4)+567(8))

4 x tap step ball change starting R travelling in circle (+123(4)+567(8)) (+123(4)+567(8))

 

Repeat first 24 counts of B starting R. 7 runs back starting L, stamp R fwd (1a(2)+3a(4)+5(6)7(8)

 

Repeat first 24 counts of C starting L. 7 runs fwd starting L, stamp R fwd (1a(2)+3a(4)+5(6)7(8)

 

3 tap springs starting L travelling in small circle, step R, step L fwd, stamp R with arms (+1+2+3+(4)+(56)7(8))

 
 

Routine 40
Another by Maurice from the Luton weekends. This was danced to King Of The Road and involved some patterning which I've explained in bold.
 

Ideally danced in 7 lines of 4 people.

Start LXBR. R hand hip. L hand out to side. Wait 8 counts. 4 clicks L hand ((1)2(3)4(5)6(7)8)

 

Step L, shuffle R, ball change RL, shuffle R, hop L, step RXFL, ball change LR, step L side, 2x ball change RL turning to face RDF (12+a3+4+5+67+8+1)

4 bt riff R, L, R (+2+3+4+5+6+7)

Double shuffle L, step L, 2 x ball change RL. Rep R (+8+a1+2+3+4+a5+6+7(8))

Step LR to front (feet apart), bend R knee and push L hip out. Rep R hip, L, R, L (+1(2)3(4)5678) #

 

Stamp R, L, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL, roll R shoulder, roll L shoulder, turn to face back (+1234 roll5 roll6 turn78)

Open ball change RL, step RXFL, open ball change LR, step LXFR, rep (+12+34+56+78)

Canon 1-7 from back line - turn to front taking R arm up and round followed by L arm. Finish with weight on R.

Toe tap LXBR, gallop & step L, gallop & step R, gallop & step L, stamp R (12+34+56+78)

 

Pick-up L, hop R, toe tap L, hop R, tap step L (side), open ball change RL, pick-up R, hop L, toe tap R, hop L, brush R fwd, hop L, brush R bk XFR, spring RXFL (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Brush L fwd, hop R, brush L bk XFR, spring LXFR, rep R, tap step L side, pick-up R, ball change RL, ball change RL (+1+2+3+4+5+a6(7)+8) NB: Numbers 2 & 4 in each line turn the brush hop section to face back.

 


No’s 1 & 3: Step R fwd, step L to face back, walk R, L, R, step L to face front, walk R L                     

No’s 2 & 4: Step R fwd, step L to face front, walk R, L, R, step L to face back, walk R, step L to front (12345678)  

 

Step LR to front (feet apart), bend R knee and push L hip out. Rep R hip, L, R, L (+1(2)3(4)5678)

 

No’s 1 & 3: Kick R leg, step RXBL, step L, step RXFL, 5 heel beats both feet with turn to face L

No’s 2 & 4: Kick R leg, step RXBL, step L, step RXFL, 5 heel beats both feet with turn to face R

(12+345678) 

Ball change RL, 3 walks R, L, R. Rep L, R, L. (+1234+5678) (+1234+5678) NB: This step weaves the line crossing by the R shoulder first. Number 1’s should end up in Number 4’s original position. If you reach the end of a line do a half turn to come back again. Number 1’s do a full turn on the last time. Everyone to finish facing L side.

Ball dig RNL, stamp R side, swing hips L, R (12(34) swing56 swing78)

 

Gallop & step L side, step RXBL, step L, step RXFL, gallop & step L, step L bk, step R fwd (1+23+45+678) NB: travels to back as you are facing L. Rep R (1+23+45+678) NB: travels to front as you are facing L

Tap step L, heel beat R, L. Rep R, L, R travelling in circle to finish front (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Tap step L, ball change RL, scuff R, bk brush R, ball change RL, scuff R, bk brush R, ball change RL (+1+234+56+7+8)

 

Hop L, flap R, step LXBR, step R, step LXFR, rep, step R side, ball dig LNR (+a12+3+a45+678). Rep to L (+a12+3+a45+678)

Step R, pick-up step L, step R, pick-up L, hop R, toe tap L. Rep L (1+23+a45+67+a8)

Step R, pick-up L, hop R, toe tap L. Rep L, R, L (1+a23+a45+a67+a8)

 

Lines 1 & 2: Stamp R, L, pick-up step R, L, 2x 5 bt cramp roll (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8) Rep (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8) Wait 8 counts

Lines 3, 4 & 5: Wait 4 counts. Stamp R, L, pick-up step R, L, 2x 5 bt cramp roll (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8) Rep (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8) Wait 4 counts

Lines 6 & 7: Wait 8 counts. Stamp R, L, pick-up step R, L, 2x 5 bt cramp roll (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8) Rep (12+3+4+5+a6+7+a8)

 

Ball dig RNL, stamp R side, swing hips L, R (12(34) swing56 swing78)

Repeat from start (step, shuffle ball change….etc.) to #. Slide RXBL. 4 clicks L hand as music fades.