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Tap vocabulary

Straight tap (one sound)

Strike the ball of the foot sharply on the ground and up again (ankle action)

Forward tap (one sound)

Strike the ball of foot sharply forward (ankle action)

Back tap (one sound)

Strike the ball of foot sharply back (ankle action

Heel tap (one sound)

Lift heel off the ground by bending the knee and strike the heel sharply down and up

Toe tap (one sound)

With point of toe, sharply tap on ground and up again

Ball tap (one sound)

Stand on both feet. Lift toe of one foot and tap ball of foot on ground. Can be done standing on one foot

Heel beat (one sound)

Same as heel tap, but leave heel on ground

Toe beat (one sound)

Same as to tap, but leave toe on ground

Ball beat (one sound)

Same as ball tap, but leave ball of foot on ground

Forward brush (one sound)

A broader movement than a forward tap, the swing comes from hip and knee.

Back brush (one sound)

A broader movement than a back tap, the swing to come from hip and knee.

Step (one sound)

Transfer weight on ball of foot

Stamp (one sound)

Heavy down beat on flat foot

Ball change (Two sounds)

Change of weight from one foot to the other on count of 'and 1'. Can be done ball to ball of foot, or ball to flat of foot

Pick-up step (Two sounds) 

Stand with feet slightly apart, turn up toe of R. foot, keeping heel on the ground. Sharply slap ball of foot backwards, removing heel and step back on R. foot, turning the L. toe up to repeat the same movement on the other side

Pick-up spring (Two sounds)

Same as pick up step, but spring onto ball of foot instead of stepping backwards, stepping backward after spring to repeat on same foot

Pick-up change (Two sounds)

Standing on R. foot, slightly bend supporting knee, turn up toe of supporting foot, slap ball of foot backwards, removing heel, making a snatch beat and landing on ball of other foot

Pick-up on one foot (Two sounds)

Stand on L. foot, slightly bend supporting knee and turn toe up, make the same sharp snatch as in pick-up change, land on ball of same foot

Pull back (4 sounds)

Pick up R foot, Pick up change Left to Right, Ball dig Left

Cramp roll (4 beat)

Spring onto R foot, Ball Dig L, heal beat R, Heel Beat L.

Cramp roll (5 beat)

Tap Spring R foot, Ball Dig L, heal beat R, Heel Beat L.

Ripple (3 beat)

Stand on L foot, Pick up change R to L foot preceded by a forward tap