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.