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How to Do the Single Time Step Break in Tap Dancing

Updated November 21, 2016

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

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

Step on your right.

Shuffle left and hop in place on your right.

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

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.


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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Things You'll Need

  • Tap shoes

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.

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