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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 29
This dance is from Maurice Kachuk's Luton tap weekend held in March 2005. The music was Opus One.
 

Face right.

Step L, ball change RL, step R, ball change LR (like gallops), ball change LR. Rep (1+23+4567+81+234)

Rep taking turn to face back. Rep taking turn to face right (5+67+8123+45+678)

2 hops R kicking L fwd, 2 hops R kicking L side, 3 steps LRL to face front (1234567)

Hop L, shuffle R, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL (8+a1234567)

Hop R, shuffle L, step LXFR, tap step R side, pick-up step LXBR, tap step R side, pick-up step LXFR, tap step R side, pick-up step LXBR, tap step R side (8+a1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Tap step L, 3 hops L turning to face back, fwd brush R, hop L, bk brush R, hop L, fwd brush R, hop L, bk brush R, hop L (+1234+5+6+7+8)

Shuffle R, hop L, step RXFL, tap step L, ball change RL, 3 ball changes RL (turning to front) (+1+2+3+4(5)+6+7+8)

 

Step R, shuffle L, hop R, ball change LR, touch L fwd, touch L bk (1+2+345(6)7(8))

Step L, hop L, shuffle R, hop L, ball change RL, touch R fwd (12+3+45(6)7(8))

Draw circle on floor with R finishing NL, 3 twisty steps RLR, ball dig L (circle 1234 steps 5678)

Hop R, flap L, hop L, flap R, hop R, flap L (taking turn to face right), ball change RL (+a1(2)+a3(4)+a567)

 

Hop L, shuffle R, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side, stamp RXFL (8+a12345+(6)+78)

Slide up onto R ball, step L, step RXFL, step L, ball change RL, step heel beat RXFL, ball beat R out (1234+5678)

Rep slide etc, taking turn to front (1234+5678)

Slide up onto R ball, step L, step RXFL, step L, step R to face back, push hips R twice (12345(6)7(8))

 

7 steps starting L and finishing facing front (with 1 or 2 turns), stamp R fwd (12345678)

Step LXBR, step R side, step heel beat LXFR, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL, step L side (12345678)

Stamp R (nw), pick-up R, heel beat L, tap step R, pick-up L, heel beat R, step L (1+2e+a34) - ‘Thistle Step’

Rep ‘Thistle’ 2 more time (5+6e+a781+2e+a34) 2 toe taps RXBL, step R (5+(6)+(7))

 

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

Kick L, step LXBR, step R side, step LXFR, kick R, step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL (81234567)

Kick L and clap at same time, ball change LR. Rep (8+12+3)

4 twisty steps starting L (4567)

Routine 30
I taught this dance at Maurice's March tap weekend. This was an 'Easy' routine to The Foundations 'Build Me Up Buttercup'.
 

Chorus

Tap step heel beat R, shuffle L, ball change LR, tap step heel beat L, shuffle R, ball change RL (+12+3+4+56+7+8)

Tap step R, ball change LR (nw R), brush thighs taking hands bk, brush thighs bringing hands fwd (+1+2(34))

Pick-up step heel beat R, stamp L (nw), pick-up step heel beat L, stamp R (no weight) (+5+6+7+8)

Step RXBL, step L side, step RXFL, 4 beat riff L, 4 beat riff R. ((1)234+5+6+7+8) Rep o/s ((1)234+5+6+7+8)

 

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

Tap step heel beat R, shuffle L, ball change LR, tap step heel beat L, shuffle R, ball change RL (+12+3+4+56+7+8)

Tap step R, ball change LR, tap step L, ball change RL, stamp R, 6 chugs LRLRLR (+1+2+3+4+(5)+6+7+8)

 

Verse

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)
Spring L, shuffle R, ball change RL, spring R, shuffle L, ball change LR, stamp L, stamp R (+a1+2+3+a4+5+678)

Rep Tack Annie (+12+34+56+7+8)

Spring L, shuffle R, ball change RL, spring R, shuffle L, ball change LR, 3 twisty steps L, R, L (+a1+2+3+a4+5+67+(8)+)

 

Heel beat L, toe tap RXBL, heel beat L, step heel beat R, swing hips L, R, L ((1)234567+(8)+)

Heel dig ball beat R, heel dig ball beat L, ball change RL, step R to RDB ((12)34567+(8)+)

Ball dig LNR, step L to LDB, step RNL ((12)3(4)5(6)7(8))

Moving both feet together to the Right - heel beat, ball beat, heel beat, ball beat (1234) Swimmy arms R, L (5678) Place R hand on L shoulder, place L hand on R shoulder (1(2)3(4)) wiggle! (5678)

 

Repeat all from start then repeat chorus again.

Routine 31
This was also taught by me at the same weekend - this one being the 'harder' of the two. Unfortunately we didn't have time to learn the chorus. The track I used was 'Young Heart Run Free' by Candi Staton, and is supposed to have a 'cheesey' seventies feel to it!
 

Intro

Step R side, step LNR, step R side, clap. Rep L. Rep R. Rep L

 

Verse

Shuffle step R, open ball change LR, shuffle step L, open ball change RL, chug L, ball change RL, clap, 2x ball change RL (+a1+2+a3+4+5+6+7+8). Rep (+a1+2+a3+4+5+6+7+8)

Tap step R fwd, 3x heel beat R, L, R, toe tap LXBR, heel beat R, slam L (+a1+23+4)

Pick-up L, heel beat R, step L, pick-up R, heel beat L, step R, pick-up L, heel beat R (5+6+7+8+)

Toe tap LXBR, toe tap L side, toe tap LXBR, ball change LR. Rep (1a(2)+(3)+45a(6)+(7)+8)

 

Double flap LR, tap step L, shuffle R, ball change RL, heel beat L, ball dig R (knee in), heel beat L, heel dig R (toe out), ball dig RNL (e+a1+2+3+45+(6)+78) Rep starting R (e+a1+2+3+45+(6)+78)

Heel beat L, 4bt paddle R, 4bt paddle L, heel dig R, heel dig L, step R, step L, heel clip, heel beat R&L at same time (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Step R fwd, step LNR, step R fwd, ball dig LNR, step L bk, step RNL, step L bk, ball dig RNL - rolling hands (12345678)

 

Stamp pick-up step R, stamp pick-up step L, straight tap R, heel beat L, stamp pick-up step R, straight tap L, heel beat R, stamp pick-up L, ball change LR, step L ((1)+2+3+4+a5+6+a7+8+1)

Roll R shoulder, roll L shoulder ((2)34)

Step R, heel dig pick-up L, heel beat R, toe tap L bk, step L, heel dig pick-up R, heel beat L, toe tap R bk (5e+a67e+a8)

Stamp R fwd (no weight), pull-back R, step R fwd, toe tap L, heel beat R, step L (1e+a2+3+4)

 

Chorus

Step R side, ball dig LXBR - L arm points up to L then down to R, step L side, ball dig RXBL - R arm points up to R then down to L, step R, step L, step R - turning, 2 claps keeping hands together after second one (1234567+8)

Tap step L side, heel beat L, heel beat R, pick-up step LNR, heel beat R, heel beat L, tap step R side, heel beat R, heel beat L, pick-up step RNL, heel beat L, heel beat R - taking hands to each side (+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8)

Step L pick-up step R X4 step L pick-up R ball change making one or two turns (1+2+3+4+a5+6+7+8)

Step R, step L, step R, open ball change LR, step L, step R, step L, open ball change RL (123+4567+8)

 

Riff up R, heel beat L, bk brush step RXFL, heel beat R, L, ball beat R, L - turning, step heel beat R, step heel beat L, step R (+a1+2+3+456+(7)+8)

Riff up L, heel beat R, bk brush step LXFR, heel beat L, R, ball beat L, R - turning, step heel beat L, step heel beat R, step L (+a1+2+3+456+(7)+8)

Step RXBL, touch outside edge LXFR, scrape L out, heel beat R, step heel beat L, toe tap RXBL, step RXBL, pick-up L, heel beat R, ball change LR (1+2+3+45a6(7)+8)

Step LXBR, touch outside edge RXFL, scrape R out, heel beat L, step heel beat R, toe tap LXBR, step LXBR, pick-up R, heel beat L, ball change RL (1+2+3+45a6(7)+8)

 

Repeat all from verse then repeat intro followed by 2x chorus

Routine 32
Another routine from Luton March 2005 by Maurice. This dance uses bowler hats as a prop - the hat is never actually put on the head! The music was ‘All That Jazz’ from Guy Dearden’s Class Tap 5 and slows down in the middle before getting very fast at the end.

 

Start facing back holding hat in R hand by head. L hand on hip.

 

Twist upper body round to front, recover. 3 steps turning to face front RLR (turn12 back34 step567(8))

Shuffle L, ball change LR, ball dig LNR (+1+23(4)) Extend R arm up bending knees, recover (5678)

Tap step heel beat L, tap step heel beat RXFL, Rep (+12+34+56+78)

Step L, shuffle R, ball change RL, swing R arm down across front, out to side and back up to head (1+2+3(4)5678)

 

Touch R fwd, step RNL, touch L fwd, step LNR - rep 3 more times but finish with a ball dig LNR (12345678) (12345678) This step turns one full circle and R arm holding hat swings R to L whilst doing step. On final ball dig hold hat in front of chest with both hands.

Shuffle L, hop R (or pick-up on one foot, or 3 beat wing on one foot), step LXBR, step R, step LXFR, step R, shuffle L, hop R (or pick-up on one foot, or 3 beat wing on one foot), step LXBR, step R, step LXFR (+1+2345+6+781) - all travel to RDB with body facing RDF

turn to face LDF, stomp (chug) R, tap step L, ball change RL, tap step R, ball change LR  - slowing down (turn2 stomp3(4)+5+6+7+8)

 

3 beat riff L, 3 beat riff R, 3 beat riff L, ball change RL, rep starting R (+a1+a2+a3+4+a5+a6+a7+8) complete one full circle.

Spring L, shuffle R, ball change RL, rep R, rep L (+1+a2+3+a4+5+a6) Swing hat down to each side.

Rise up onto balls of both feet taking hat upwards with straight arms. Recover (78)

Step L, pick-up spring R, rep, step L, pick-up R, hop L, toe tap R (1+a2+a3+a4) travel to LDB with body facing LDF - hat is in L hand. Rep to R (5+a6+a7+a8)

Step L, hop L, fwd brush R, hop L, step R, hop R, fwd brush L, hop R, step L, step R, step L, ball dig R (1+2+3+4+5678) complete one full circle - hat is behind back held with both hands and comes back in front on ball dig.

 

Music speeds up.

Step R to RDF, step LNR, step R to RDF, ball dig LNR, rep to L (12345678) extend arms/hat fwd on odd beats

8 twisty steps round in a circle (12345678) L arm on hip, wave hat in R hand

Kick RXFL twice, step R side - hat in R hand on kicks then in front with both hands on step. Rep L (123(4)567(8))

Step RXFL, step LXBR, step R side, step LXFR, step RXBL, jump together, slide back onto balls of feet (1234567(8)) hat in L hand with arm up, R arm horizontal.