How to Do the Single Time Step Break in Tap Dancing

Written by cindi pearce
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A single time step consists of shuffle hop step flap step. If it were a buck time step, the shuffle at the beginning, would be a stomp. Breaks are introduced to interrupt a continuous rhythm. Do the single time step twice, then add the break, which is described here.

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Things you need

  • Tap shoes

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  1. 1

    Shuffle the right foot and hop in place on your left.

  2. 2

    Step down on your right and flap (brush step) to the front on your left.

  3. 3

    Step on your right.

  4. 4

    Shuffle left and hop in place on your right.

  5. 5

    Flap to the front on your left and ball change (right left). The ball change is simply a step.

  6. 6

    Memorise the pattern. The single time step break consists of: Shuffle hop step flap step, shuffle hop flap ball change. The count is 8 and 1 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7.

Tips and warnings

  • In the video demonstration found in the Resource section, the dance instructor does a buck version of the single time step, meaning she starts with a stomp rather than a shuffle. When you do a shuffle to begin the single time step (as indicated in the step described above), it's considered a standard.

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