Great Tap Dance Music


tap dance music

It can be difficult to find great tap dance music.

I have spent many hours listening to songs, hoping to find a groove that sparks my creativity. Also, tap dancers often have the opportunity to perform with live musicians but don’t know what tune to ask the band to play…

This list along with the new tap dance songs website has lots of musical gems for you to explore.

Several top tap dancers shared their favorite tap music!

Everything listed below is considered a “jazz standard” so most musicians will be familiar with them.

I have also included links to many of these artist’s websites!

Brenda Bufalino

“Bye Bye Blackbird” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Lullaby of the Leaves” – Mary Lou Williams
‘Anthropology” – Charlie Parker

Sam Weber

“Waltz for Debby” – Bill Evans
“Oleo” – Sonny Rollins
“Secret Love” – Sammy Fain

Jason Samuels-Smith

“Shiny Stockings” – Count Basie
“Little Sunflower” – Freddie Hubbard
“A Train” – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Chloe Arnold

“In a Sentimental Mood” – Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Caravan” – Thelonious Monk

Josh Hilberman

“Now’s the Time” – Charlie Parker
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Up Jumped Spring” – Freddie Hubbard

Jimmy Tate

“Billie’s Bounce” – Charlie Parker
“Take 5” – Dave Brubeck

Jeremy K

“On Green Dolphin Street” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Cute” – Count Basie

Andrew Nemr

“A Train” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” – Duke Ellington

Other Articles Featuring Brenda Bufalino, Chloe Arnold, Sam Weber, & Jason Samuels-Smith.

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Tap Steps, Music, Floors, & More


IF you’re looking for new songs for tap dancing, I recently shared a new recommendation via the link.

IF you’re looking for new tap combinations to practice, I just posted one for you at this link.

IF you need a tap dance floor for practice, follow this link to see (& hear) the new “Portable Tap Floor 2.0”.

IF NOT, thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Terrence “Taps”


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My New Tap Dance Commercial

I’m really focused on optimizing my online tap lesson website at right now. Recently, I set up a page that makes scheduling the private Skype tap lessons easier than ever. No more blog posts full of scheduling links! (Yay…that took forever to set up.)

I’ve also had created a new intro/demo video that I believe will be much more effective than the last one. You can either watch this new video on the home page of or just scroll down. If you’re active on YouTube and enjoyed this video, please take a moment to give it a thumbs up or share it with others on FB, etc.

I really appreciate it!

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Brenda Bufalino Shares Valuable Tap Advice She Received From Her Mentor, Charles “Honi” Coles

Creative Commons License photo credit: C~
A few weeks ago I shared some tap advice that really helped me become the dancer I am today. I also mentioned that I had asked other tap dancers I know to do the same.

Well, Brenda Bufalino was the first tap dancer to respond to my question, a reflection on her giving nature and dedication to tap.

When asked to share one piece of advice she received that helped her become the dance she is now, she replied as follows:

One day long ago I asked my mentor and partner, “Honi” Coles, what he thought of a dance I was creating and his reply was: “Great dance baby, but maybe you crowd too much.”

So after a year of studying myself I figured out what he meant. Don’t crowd the beginning and the ending of phrases. In other words, leave some space.

I was going to add my two cents but I now think it unnecessary. All I’ll say is…Selah!

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Brenda Bufalino Releases Book of Poetry

Brenda Bufalino Book

Beloved Tap artist Brenda Bufalino recently released a book poetry and it is available for purchase online. Just click the image above to get it. Below is a small snippet pulled from the book product page on the publisher’s website.

“I could make a picture book with cut-outs pop-outs and load-ins of Burrill Street long as a cobra snaking from above the train station all the way down past the monument to Kings Beach”

-Brenda Bufalino

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