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Check Out Tap History’s Greatest Hoofers Dancing the Crossover Step

Photo courtesy of American Tap Dance Foundation

This month, Steps on Broadway tap teacher Claudia Rahardjanoto teaches a crossover step—a traditional rhythm tap step first performed by the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The step is usually done three times with a break at the end, and is a great way to practice weigh shifts.

Here, some of tap history's greatest hoofers perform the crossover step.


Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in King for a Day

The crossover step happens at 0:53.

Robinson and Jeni LeGon in Hooray for Love

The crossover step happens at 3:38 and again at 7:50.

Chuck Green and Ralph Brown

The crossover step happens at 0:08.

Want more tap? Be sure to take a look at this month's Dance History Lesson Plan on Honi Coles.

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