How to build a tap dance floor

Tips for Tap at home: Tap Board DIY

Whether you are taking a tap class virtually, or just want a place to practice your steps, a tap board is a great tool to invest in and can greatly improve your at-home tap experience! While there are many expensive options online to purchase a ready-made tap board, it is super simple and affordable to DIY your own board. I have sourced a few products below through Home Depot, but I am sure the same products are available at other hardware stores.

Easiest (and cheapest) DIY tap board:
Owning a tap board can be as simple as buying a piece of plywood. This allows your dancer to still practice in their tap shoes at home without ruining any hardwood floors! A 4 ft x 8 ft board of plywood is pretty standard, however you can find larger sizes or ask for a piece to be cut in half (4 ft. x 4 ft.) to accommodate your space. Regardless of the surface area of your board, you will want at least ½ inch thickness. A 1 inch plywood will be more durable whereas anything thinner than ½ inch will be pretty flimsy. Also consider how often you will be moving the floor, as they can get pretty heavy with greater thickness.

Improved tap board:
If you have any craft family members, there are a couple of easy ways to improve on the simple plywood piece. These improvements will give your tapper better sounds and make dancing on it more comfortable.

Cushioning: By adhering a cushioning layer to the bottom of your plywood, the board will have a little more give and be a bit easier on your dancer’s joints. An easy option is the interlocking play mats (which you may even have laying around at home already). These are 2 ft. x 2 ft. so it is easy to line these up your piece of plywood. Attach the mats by first interlocking and gluing the mats together to the appropriate size, then glue them to the bottom/rough side of your
plywood piece. Gorilla Glue or Liquid Nail Subfloor Adhesive works great for this. It is important to make sure the mats are pressed firmly into the wood (use books or other weights) so they adhere completely. Use lots of glue and let it dry overnight.
Interlocking mats can be found here!

Top coat or laminate layer: If your tapper is using the board frequently, there is a good chance they will start to chip the board with use. One option is to add a layer of interlocking laminate to the top of your plywood, gluing it on as you did the interlocking mats above. When selecting a laminate flooring, you will need to ensure you measure the size of the interlocking pieces to fit the size of your board, and that the pieces fit together snug. You do not want any ridges or spaces between the laminate pieces as it is really easy for your tapper to trip on these when their taps catch on them. To avoid this, another great option to reduce chipping is to paint a wood finisher onto your plywood. Make sure to follow the instructions on the polyurethane, cleaning the board with a dry brush and then allowing each layer to dry and cure. This takes a bit longer, as you will likely want to do multiple layers for good protection.
Get the goods:
Laminate Flooring
Varathane Polyurethane

Keep dancing!

About the Author: Miss Lauren is a dance teacher with Flexpointe Studios Inc. This summer she’s taking her tap classes outside! We hope you’ll DIY up your own tap board and join her.

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Instructions for making your own home-size tap dancing floor. The most basic home practice floor is simply a piece of plywood. Enhancements can include attaching material to the top of the board for durability or a better tapping surface and attaching cushioning material to the bottom of the board to make tap dancing easier on your bones and joints.

Most Basic Home-Made Tap Floor
The easiest home-made tap floor is also the least expensive. Simply purchase a piece of half-inch thick plywood from your local lumber yard or hardware store. The most standard size for a sheet of playwood is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide. If you want a smaller tap floor, either to fit in your home space or to fit in your automobile, you can ask the shop to cut the board in half, to give you two 4 foot squares. Playwood is available in several thicknesses, from quarter inch to more then 1 inch. For a home tap floor you will probably want a piece of plywood at least 1/2 inch thick.

Improved Home-Made Tap Floor
The above piece of plywood can be enhanced by gluing a layer of dense cushioning material to the bottom of the board or by attaching a layer of laminate flooring or other material to the top of the board.

Sebastian's DIY Tap Floor
Instructions for making your own home tap floor published on the Sebastian's Kitchen Blog. This article includes component prices and sources. The floor has a polyurethane dancing surface, glued to the top of a plywood layer, which is glued to the top of a gymnastics tumbling mat.

Cassandra's Tap Dancing Practice Floor
Instructions for a building home-size tap practice tap floor made by gluing interlocking foam squares to the bottom of a piece of plywood. These instructions include optionally gluing a piece of laminate flooring to the top of the plywood. Published on Cassandra Morgan's Blog.
- Instructions for Making the Floor
- Video of Tap Dancing on the Finished Floor

Double Zero "Tap Floor DYI" Instructions
The maker of this home-made tap practice floor says it only cost $30 USD, but that is partly because some of the materials were second-hand, and not new. Materials included (1) four 8 inch by 4 foot, interlocking panels of oak laminate, (2) several 1 foot square interlocking, dense foam, children's play area squares, and (3) liquid nails glue.

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What is the best way to tap dance

If someone starts tap dancing, they should know that the type of floor they will be dancing on is just as important as tap shoes. The best flooring for tap dancing is one that is stable and resonant. A stable floor can withstand impact without damage. The resonant floor creates strong and deep sound tones. The resilience and resonance of a floor is determined by what it is made of, as well as by what lies beneath the surface of the floor. nine0004

What is the best tap dance floor

Hardwood is the best choice for tap dancing

The best tap dance floor is hardwood floor such as maple or oak. Hardwood floors are less susceptible to damage than softwood floors such as pine. Maple is also a great choice for a dance floor as it is unlikely to be chipped by heels and does not need sealant to protect it from water damage and deformation. nine0004

What is the best way to tap dance

It is very important to determine the type of floor that lies under the surface on which the foot steps. If the sounds that are heard when "typing" steps are not resonant, and the pitch does not change between the heels and toes, then most likely there is a concrete floor under the tree. The concrete subfloor is very "heavy" for dancing and can lead to injury to the knees, back or legs. The best and safest floor for tap dancers is a hardwood floor with an air cushion underneath. The so-called "spring floor" is created by installing a series of floor beams under the wood flooring with spring coils between them. This type of floor vibrates perfectly and produces more resonant sounds. nine0004

What is the best way to tap dance

How to make a dance floor at home

If someone plans to do tap dancing at home, he will definitely need to make himself a “correct” floor. If you want to make it faster without "bothering", then perhaps the best choice would be a sheet of 4x8 plywood, which can be purchased at a lumber store. It is worth choosing a sheet with a thickness of about 1 - 1.5 cm.

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    Tap dance - take the first step. Online lesson No. 1 (photo, video)

    The basic movement of tap dance is a step. This movement serves as the basis of the foundations in all types of step. In the Irish jig, in the American tap, in the European step, or in the good old tap dance, there is one common element - the step. The step can be found in absolutely any dance of the tap dancer. Everything starts with him. nine0004

    Before learning

    When learning tap dance, you need to get used to new shoes. Shoes with metal heels are the main and indispensable accessory for a step dancer. When performing a “step”, you need to stand in one place and take a normal step, while placing your foot evenly across the entire foot. Now we will analyze the four basic elements of tap dancing: ball-change, flap, shuffle, brush.

    Tap dance - take the first step. Online lesson №1 (photo, video)


    This element is very easy to implement. First, we strike with the right foot, while the entire foot is placed on the floor. After that, we strike with the toe of the left foot. Now it remains for us to alternate the step with the kick of the toe.

    Tap dance - take the first step. Online Lesson #1 (photo, video)


    This is a simple step with a little twist in execution. The leg is not placed on the entire foot, but first a heel strike is made, and then a toe. After that, the leg is placed on the floor and a similar movement is made with the second leg. When performing this element, the heel and toe strike is not done strongly, in order to create a feeling of lightness. Light strokes in the step make the dancer imposing. nine0004

    Tap dance - take the first step. Online lesson No. 1 (photo, video)


    This movement is performed similarly to the previous element. However, when performing Shuffle, a step forward is taken and the dancer's body leans, as if continuing to move.


    A heel strike is performed with the foot forward. Then he returns to his original position, hitting with his toe.

    This video demonstrates all four elements in various combinations.

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