The Shim Sham Shimmy to “Fever” by Peggy Lee

Posted on April 24th, 2014 in Jazz by Terrence Taps

It turns out that this classic tune accommodates the Shim Sham tap routine beautifully with only a couple of minor adjustments. Enjoy the songs and the steps.

If you haven’t learned the “Shim Sham” and would like to, please visit to access this lesson plus an entire library of my online tap lessons!

Tap Dancing to “Counting Stars” by One Republic

Posted on February 7th, 2014 in Rock by Terrence Taps

I loved this tune the first time I heard it and I’m happy to see that it has become such a success for the artists.

This strong strikes me as being a perfect tap dance song for a 16 year old dancer. I’m thinking of setting a piece on it for one of my students.

Here is a beginner level tap routine that I hope inspires you.

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Songs for Tap: The Sound of Sunshine

Posted on January 7th, 2013 in Folk by Terrence Taps

For the last few months I’ve been quietly offering private online tap lessons to students across the U.S. Next week I’ll begin offering group online tap lessons as well!

To participate, read these instructions at my Tap Dance Blog.

This is the Tap Dance Song that the combination is set to. It’s a very popular tune called ” Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearheads.

You can listen to it here:


Tap Combination: Ready, Set, Go

Posted on November 8th, 2011 in Rap & Hip-Hop by Terrence Taps

I recently recorded a tap combination to “Ready, Set, Go” by Killer Mike from his Pl3dge [Explicit] release. Given the adult nature of the lyrics I decided to use an instrumental version of the track for this video. Of course I’ll be adding a video to where I teach this combination.

I consider this an Intermediate to Advanced level combination depending on where you tap dance.

Enjoy and then head over to if you’d like to learn more!

Tap Routine: Moment For Life *Updated*

Posted on June 7th, 2011 in Rap & Hip-Hop by Terrence Taps

This week I’m going to record a combination set to the beginning of “Moment For Life” by Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & teach it on You’re going to hear this song all over the radio anyway so you might as well have some steps to do to it.

Update (6/14/11): The combination has been added to on the tap dance lessons blog.

Here is a YouTube embed of the instrumental version I’m likely to use on The instrumental is first:

Irish Hand Tap Dancing? We Speak No Americano ft. Cleary & Harding

Posted on May 4th, 2011 in International by Terrence Taps

What a cool video and the song is quite enjoyable too! Amazing what you can do with enough practice. This fast song is perfect for a tap dancer.

Breaking The Girl by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted on April 26th, 2011 in Rock by Terrence Taps

I hadn’t heard this song for a very long time but and then they played it on the radio here in Austin, TX last weekend and I found my creativity stimulated. In fact, I’ll be teaching at a tap workshop in Roswell, NM next month and there is a very good chance that I’ll use this song for the choreography!

I’m even considering adding recording choreography to this song for tomorrow.

What do you think?

Good idea?

Maui Tap Experience – J Dilla “Workinonit” with Jason Samuels-Smith

Posted on December 1st, 2010 in Rap & Hip-Hop by Terrence Taps

If you’re like me, you were unable to attend the 2010 Maui Tap Festival. If it isn’t bad enough that you missed the white sandy beaches and lush grounds, prepare to feel worse.

This clip features a snippet of what Jason Samuels-Smith taught at the festival, inspired by J Dilla’s “Workininonit”. I think it’s a very fitting musical choice as Mr. Samuels-Smith has an amazing tap work ethic.

Beneath the video you’ll find links to download the song!

More Songs for Tap Courtesy of Hillary-Marie Michael

Posted on November 1st, 2010 in Jazz,Rap & Hip-Hop by Terrence Taps

Hillary Marie-Michael, blogger & director of the Jersey Tap Fest has provided a list of music recommendations that mixes the best of whats classic, and whats new, much like her dancing!

Maud Arnold Shares Some of Her Favorite Tap Dance Songs

Posted on October 11th, 2010 in Jazz,Pop,R & B by Terrence Taps

This week is all about the amazing Maud Arnold! She shared some of the songs she enjoys dancing to the most so I can now share them with you. Just scroll down and enjoy!

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