How to Make a Long Shuffle Combination in Tap Dancing

By | April 7, 2021


Step down to the left and shuffle to the right followed by a ball to the right and a change to the left. Remember that a ball change consists of one step on one foot and one step on the other foot. Every step takes weight. Ball changes require a weight change from, in this case, to the right to the left.


Make a shuffle to the right, again followed by a ball on the right and a change to the left.


Repeat step # 2.


Mix to the right and heel drop your left heel. This requires the dancer to lift and release the heel of his supporting left leg. But if you dance on your balls, as you should, the heel will already be lifted.


Step down on your right foot behind your left, followed by a step to the left and a stomp (does not carry weight) to the right.


Remember the count: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and 1 2 3 hold.

Put the steps together: Step shuffle ball exchange, shuffle ball exchange, shuffle ball exchange, shuffle heel drop, step behind, step down, stamp and hold.

Shuffle is one of the basic steps in tap dancing. This means that you brush the ball on your foot forwards and then backwards. No matter what dance routine you do, or learn, you will no doubt include a shuffle in your routine at some point or another, so learning how to do shuffle is important. The dancer will make 19 taps in the long shuffle step.