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Tap Dancing: Steps

Tap steps as given to us in the tap workshops run by Jay and JZ. Traveling steps not currently included, but will be updated at a later date...
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Flap
a tap step in which you first tap the ball of your foot onto the ground lightly, bouncing it right back up, and then transfer weight onto it, making a sound like a double-tap
Cramp Roll
a tap step in which you first tap one ball of a foot, then the other, then one heel, and while leaving that heel down, tap the other (this is a nebulous description because I had to leave it open for more specifics in other flashcards. For better explanations, see right, left, and alternating cramp rolls.)
Shuffle
a tap step in which you first scuff your foot from back to front, and then spank the floor as your foot moves from front to back
Cross-Shuffle
a shuffle in which you scuff the floor on one side of you, then cross the foot and spank the floor on the other side
Shuffle-Step
a shuffle followed by a weight-transferring step so that you scuff, spank, step, on one foot and then scuff, spank, and step on the other foot
Right Cramp Roll
a cramp roll where you start with your weight on the left ball of your foot while tapping the right ball of your foot onto the floor. You then tap your left one while your right one rests on the floor. Then, you lower your right heel followed by your left heel. Repeat.
Left Cramp Roll
a cramp roll where you start with your weight on the right ball of your foot while tapping the left ball of your foot onto the floor. You then tap your left one while your right one rests on the floor. Then you lower your left heel followed by your right heel. Repeat
Alternating Cramp Roll
a cramp roll where you start with your weight on one of the balls of your feet. For the sake of an example, let's assume it is your left foot. You then transfer weight to your right foot for the first step of the cramp roll. Next, you put your left ball of your foot down as well. Following that, you put down your left heel and then your right heel. To do it again, you do the opposite, starting with your left ball and then your right one. Following that, place down your right heel and left heel. Repeat as many times as is necessary.
Scuff
a tap step in which you drag the ball of your foot very lightly on the floor from back to front; part of a shuffle
Spank
a tap step in which you tap the floor very lightly as your foot comes back from the front to behind you; part of a shuffle