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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 25
The music used for this one is 42nd Street by Geoff Love & His Orchestra.
 

Step heel beat R, step heel beat L, ball change RL, step R. Rep L (1234567(8)x2)

Step R (side), drag L, ball change LR. Rep L (1(23)+45(67)+8)

Stamp RXFL, 6 ball beats R twisting foot (1234567(8))

Rep all from start starting on L (1234567(8)x2) (1(23)+45(67)+8) (1234567(8)) ≈

 

* Stamp R (nw), hop L, step R (bk), hop R, ball change LR, tap step L, ball change RL. Rep (123456+7+8 x2)

Tap step R (side), heel beat L, heel beat R, pick-up L, heel beat R, toe tap LXBR, heel beat (+1+2+3+4)

Rep L (+5+6+7+8). Rep both sides again (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Step R (side), drag L, ball change LR. Rep L (1(23)+45(67)+8)

4 walks in own circle RLRL (1(2)3(4)5(6)7(8))

Rep (1(23)+45(67)+8) (1(2)3(4)5(6)7(8)) #

Step heel beat R, step heel beat L, both with finger clicks. Rep 3 more times (12345678 x2)

 

Ball change RL, step heel beat R, click fingers, knee bend, straighten & click fingers, knee bend (+123 click4 bend5 click6 bend7) Rep L (+123 click4 bend5 click6 bend7) Rep both sides again (+123 click4 bend5 click6 bend7) x2

 

Heel dig ball beat R, heel dig ball beat L, step R bk, step LNR, step R fwd, clap (1234567clap8)

Rep 3 more times taking each one turn to right (1234567clap8) x3

Step R (side), ball change LR. Rep L (1(2)345(6)78)

Spring R, toe tap LXBR, hop R, toe tap LXBR, hop R, toe tap LXBR, hop R, toe tap LXBR, step L (12345+(6)+78)

Rep (1(2)345(6)78) (12345+(6)+78)

 

Rep from * to #. Return to start up to ≈

Stamp RXFL, 7 ball beats R twisting foot (12345678)

Stamp LXFR, ball beat L, stamp RXFL, ball beat R. Rep (12345678)

Stamp L (nw), hop R, step L (bk), hop L, ball change RL, tap step R, ball change LR. Rep 2 more (123456+7+8 x3)

Step L, step R (turning), step L fwd, finishing pose!! (1(2)3(4) 5(6)7(8))

Routine 26
The final routine by Maurice from Luton October 2004 was danced to Sunny Side Of The Street from a Guy Dearden CD. For a different feel it was also danced to Time After Time by Rod Stewart.
 

Start facing left. 4 beat riff R, 4 beat riff L turning to front (+5+6+7+8)

Tap step heel beat R, tap step heel beat L, tap step R, 2x heel beat R (+12+34+567(8))

Step bk L, pick-up R, hop L, 2x toe taps LXBR. Rep other side (12+3456+78)

Tap spring L, tap spring R, tap step ball change, stamp R, clap, stamp L, 2 claps (+1+2+3+45+(6)+78)

4 beat cramp-roll, 5 beat cramp-roll, 6 beat cramp-roll, step R, click fingers (+1+2+3+a4+a5+a678)

 

Step L to L, drag R foot in, ball change RL, step R to R, drag L foot in, ball change LR (1(2)345(67)+8)

Step L, step RXFL, step L, spring R, touch L, spring L, touch R, spring R, touch L, spring L, touch R (123(4)+5+6+7+8))

2 hops L, lunge step R, step LXBR, step R, step LXFR (123(4)567(8))

Ball dig RNL, ball dig R to side, ball dig RNL, shuffle step R, shuffle ball change step L (123+45+6+78)

 

Step R, 3x shuffle hop step starting L. Rep (1+2+3+4+5+6+7(8)) (1+2+3+4+5+6+7(8))

Fwd brush R, bk brush RXFL, tap step ball change. Rep L (12+3+456+7+8) Rep R (12+3+4)

7 small steps finishing facing front with feet together (5+a6+a7(8)

 

Moving both feet together, heel and ball beats travelling to the right (1234567(8))

Tap spring R, toe tap L, hop R, tap spring L, toe tap R, hop L (turning) x2 (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Step R (side), step LNR, step R (side), ball change LR. Rep to L (1+2345+678)

Spring R, shuffle L, ball change LR, spring L, shuffle R, ball change RL, stamp R fwd, arms out (1+2+34+5+67arms8)

Routine 27
This is the routine I taught at the Ickleford workshop in November 2004. The music is Mambo Italiano from the album Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook.
 

Intro - 8 bars slow bit (improvise - lots of lunges, turns etc.), 4 bars improvise  - Salsa

 

A

Pick-up step RXBL, step LXFR, tap step R side, travelling ball change LR, tap step LXFR, step RXBL, tap step L side, travelling ball change RL (+12+3+4+56+7+8)

Pick-up step RXBL, open ball change LR, pick-up step LXBR, open ball change RL, pick-up R, heel beat L, shuffle R, step heel beat RXFL (+1+2+3+4+5(6)+7+8)

Slide up onto ball of R hitching L leg up, step L to LDB, step RXFL. Repeat (123456)

Tap step L to LDF, ball change RL, heel beat L (+7+8+)

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

 

Step L side (no weight), heel beat R, step LNR, heel beat R, heel beat L (123+4)

Step R side (no weight), heel beat L, step RNL, heel beat L, heel beat R (567+8)

Step LXFR, step RXBL, step LNR, step RNL. Repeat (1+2+3+4+)

Step LXFR, toe tap R, heel beat L, 4 beat riff R (5+(6)+7+8+)

Step L bk, step R, step L to LDF (turning outwards), shuffle R, ball change RL(in front), shuffle R, ball change RL (behind) (123(4)+5+6+7+8)

Step RXFL, step LXFR, step RXFL, step LXFR, step RXFL, step LXFR (salsa arms) (1(2)3(4)5678)

 

B

Step R to RDB (big arms!), ball change LR, step L to LDB (big arms!), ball change RL (1(2)345(6)78)

3 straight taps R taking leg round, step R bk, 3 straight taps L taking leg round, step L bk (12345678)

Pick-up step R, heel beat R, pick-up step L, heel beat L. Repeat (+12+34+56+78)

Thingy R, thingy L (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

 

C

Tap step RXFL, heel beat L, tap step R to side, heel beat L, tap step RXFL, heel beat L, tap step ball change R to side (+12+34+56+7+8)

Tap step LXFR, heel beat R, tap step L to side, heel beat R, tap step LXFR, heel beat R, tap step L to side, step RNL (+12+34+56+7+)

Shim sham L, shim sham R, shim sham L (8+12+34+5+6+7, 8+12+34+5+6+7, 8+12+34+5+6+7)

Shim sham break L (8123+(4)+567clap8)

 

Shake - 4 steps on the spot RLRL shaking shoulders

 

End - Step R, step LXBR (preparing to turn), step L, step R, step L (turning), ball dig LXFR, finishing position ((1)+(2)+(34)+(5)+(67)+8+)

 

ORDER:  Intro  A  B  A  Shake  B  C  A  End

Routine 28
I taught this at my workshop in Ickleford and the DDO in Alcester - both in Feb 05. The music is Tuxedo Junction but it's an up tempo version by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. The partner work is all done at the same time (on opposite legs). The only time you dance separately in on the chugs in the repeat.
 

Partner A stands stage right. Intro - 2 lots 8 counts.

Swing R, 2 finger clicks, swing L, 2 finger clicks (1(2)345(6)78) Rep omitting last click (1(2)345(6)7)

 

J Ball change RL, tap step R to RDF, heel beat R, tap step LXFR, heel beat L, shuffle R, ball change RL, stamp R (+8+12+34+5+6+(7))  Rep L (+8+12+34+5+6+(78))

Pick-up R, hop L, shuffle R, step R bk. Rep L (+1+a2+3+a4)

Step R (turning to face R), brush L (turning to face back), step L, heel beat L (5678)

Pick-up R, hop L, toe tap R, hop L (turning to front), fwd brush R, hop L, step R, heel beat R, stamp L (no weight) (+1+2+3+a4)

Slide L foot round to behind R, heel beat L (slide 567 heel 8)

 

Heel screw R, ball beat R, heel beat R, ball beat R, pick-up L, heel beat R, toe tap L, heel beat R, shuffle L, step heel beat L (1234+5+6+7+8) Repeat (1234+5+6+7+8)

Fwd brush R, hop L, bk brush R, spring RXFL, Rep L (+1+2+3+4)

Toe tap R, step R to RDB, pick-up L, step LXFR Rep (+5+6+7+8)

 

A: Step R, ball dig L, step L, ball dig R, step R, ball dig L, step L(nw) (1234567(8)) - turning to face L and partner

B: Step R, ball dig L, step L, ball dig R, step R, ball dig L, step L (1234567(8)) - turning to face R and partner

 

A: Tap step L, travelling ball change RL, ball change RL. Rep L   

B: Tap step R, travelling ball change LR, ball change LR. Rep R

(Hold hands. Arms circle way you are going (+1+234+5+678))

A: Tap step L (taking turn to front), heel beat R. Rep 3 more times with turn each time (+12+34+56+78)

B: Tap step R (taking turn to front), heel beat L. Rep 3 more times with turn each time  (+12+34+56+78)

A: Point L fwd, heel beat R, point L bk, heel beat R, point L fwd, heel beat R, step L side, step RNL (12345678)

B: Point R bk, heel beat L, point R fwd, heel beat L, point R bk, heel beat L, step RXBL, step L (12345678)

A: Kick L fwd, ball change LR. Rep 2 more times moving round to switch places

with partner, step L to face partner, clap hands against partners and leave them there (1+23+45+67clap8)

B: Kick R fwd, ball change RL. Rep 2 more times moving round to switch places with partner, step R to face partner, clap hands against partners and leave them there (1+23+45+67clap8) 

 

A: Thingy R  

B: Thingy L

(+1+2+3+4) On ‘pick-up heel toe tap heel’ let go with front hand and twist body to face front

A: Thingy L

B: Thingy R

(+5+6+7+8) On ‘pick-up heel toe tap heel’ let go with back hand and twist body to face back

A: 4 beat Riff R, L, R travelling to back, step L, ball change RL (+1+2+3+4+5+67+8)

B: 4 beat Riff L, R, L  travelling to back, step R, ball change LR

(+1+2+3+4+5+67+8)

A: Lunge R, hold, step L side, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL

(1(234)5678)

B: Lunge L, hold, step R side, step LXBR, step R side, step LXFR

(1(234)5678)

A: Step L side, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL, 3 jumps to face front

(1234567(8))

B: Step R side, step LXBR, step R side, step LXFR, 3 jumps to face front

(1234567(8))

 

Kick R fwd, kick R side, bk brush R, step RXBL, step L side, step R fwd. Rep L (12+3+456+7+8)

Step RXFL, click, step L bk, click, step R side, click, step L fwd, click (12345678)

Kick R fwd, kick R side, bk brush R, step RXBL, step L side, step R fwd. Rep L (12+3+456+7+8)

5 beat cramp roll R, pick-up R, step R, pick-up L, step L, tap step R, ball change LR, step L (+1+a2+3+4+5+67) Q

 

Stamp RXFL, pick-up R, hop L, step R, tap step L, step R. Rep L (8+12+3+4+56+7+)

Stamp RXFL, pick-up R, hop L, step R, shuffle step R, shuffle R, hop L, tap step R, ball change LR (8+12+3+4+5+6+7). Rep all starting L (8+12+3+4+56+7+)(8+12+3+4+5+6+7)

 

Kick R, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL. Rep L, kick R (812345678) - ‘flicky’ hands

Bk brush R, heel beat L, fwd brush R, heel beat L, Rep, bk brush R, heel beat L, tap step R, ball change LR (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7). Rep all from kick starting L (812345678) (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7)

 

Repeat from J to Q. On second time through add:-

A: 4 chugs RLRL then B: 4 chugs RLRL. Repeat (+8+1+2+3+4+5+6+7(8))

Pick-up R, ball dig RNL, step R side. Rep L. Rep R. Pick-up L, step L. Then continue with time-steps etc. to end

Add a finish (turns, arms etc.)        HAVE FUN!!