Beginner Tap Dancing Steps : Three Tap Riff in Tap Dancing

By Grover Koelpin 15 comments

Hi, I’m Emily Larew and we are continuing
on with adding to our tap basics. We’re going to teach you how to do a three tap riff with
a ball change. So, what we are going to do is we’re going to turn around. Three tap just
means exactly how it sounds. We are doing three sounds, three whole tap movements, before
we add the ball change. We are going to start with our right foot. I want you to keep it
really close to your left foot, right underneath you. Make sure you are using your ankle, not
your whole leg. So keep it small. We have a brush, heel, heel. Try it again. Brush,
heel, heel. Now as you can tell or I don’t know if you can tell. Let me just look at
you for a second. When we’re doing this brush or so called a brush, it’s more like just
little bitty tap. So, you don’t want to hit brush, heel, heel, then you’re going to be
too far out and you want ever be able to make it faster. So keep it as a tap heel, brush
heel. You’re still making a brush motion with your foot but it is nice and tiny. Tap, heel,
tap, heel, heel, tap, heel, heel. So it sounds nice and crisp. Tap, heel, heel. Good, that’s
part of your first part of your three tap riff with a ball change. So, let’s try it.
Brush, heel, heel. You’re going to do a ball change to the back. Ball change, brush, heel,
heel, ball change, brush, heel, heel, ball change, brush, heel, heel, ball change. Good
and you just kind of want to make it like a little bicycle motion. You’re going front
and back with your foot. So if I turn the side, brush, heel, heel, back, front, brush,
heel, pick it up, brush, heel, heel. Because a lot of people when I teach this step, you’re
going want to keep this heel on the floor and you’re not going to be ready to go for
next step. So, you got to make sure as soon as that foot hits the floor and does its tap
motion, it comes up so you can reuse it in a split second after you use your other foot.
One more time. Brush, heel, heel, ball change, brush, heel, heel, ball change, and a tap
riff is what you got. Good job on your three tap riff with a ball change.



Jan 1, 2010, 9:33 pm Reply

Love it that you demonstrated the step facing the mirror and allowing us to view from the back. Much easier to follow than all those tap lessons where the instructors face the camera. Thank you!

R. Ryan Heath

Feb 2, 2010, 6:27 am Reply

is it bad that I have a crush on her?

Char D

Feb 2, 2010, 5:21 am Reply

wow! awsome, I have a video somewherre where i was learning from, but don't no where it is, and been learning on my own so this is soo helpful!


Mar 3, 2010, 5:42 am Reply

i can't seem to find the start of the playlist so i'm just clicking videos at random :/

alexa marie

Jun 6, 2010, 11:55 pm Reply

@reason4being it depends r u a guy or girl lolz

R. Ryan Heath

Jun 6, 2010, 12:41 am Reply

@alexarozell I'm a guy but Im pretty sure she's married right? plus with those dance skills she way outta my league

sparkleonforeva hehe

Sep 9, 2010, 7:45 pm Reply

i have tap shoes but thats hard


Nov 11, 2010, 12:13 am Reply

@gabbiedoglover11 are you retarded thats so easy…


Nov 11, 2010, 8:48 pm Reply

@gabbiedoglover11 its ridiculously easy i learn new steps all the time to prepare for class.

sparkleonforeva hehe

Nov 11, 2010, 11:48 pm Reply

@silenthillmaster755 ok in class are u learnin those steps in the video cuz idk if were gonna do those.


Dec 12, 2010, 4:08 am Reply

I'm a 26 year old guy who never tried to dance until this week when I asked for some tap shoes for christmas and got them. Thank you for these videos. lol

Bethany Lupinski

Nov 11, 2012, 1:20 am Reply

I don't do riffs like that. I'm sorry but that is not how you do riffs

Sol Suda-Gonzales

Sep 9, 2013, 2:32 am Reply

I don't do it this way but stool good teaching!

Meriah Neely

Jun 6, 2016, 2:13 am Reply

everybody was taught dance differently. chill people.

Univers 69

Mar 3, 2018, 9:42 pm Reply

Bonne vidéo merci

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