Terms used in clog dance notation
Spring – transfer of weight from one foot to the other with slight elevation. Lighter quality of movement than a ‘step’
Tap – the ball of the foot hits the ground and immediately comes away again
Heel tap – heel drops to the ground and immediately comes away again
Toe beat – ball of the foot hits the ground and stays there
Heel beat (heel drop) – heel drops to the floor and stays there.
Forwards brush – a moving toe tap, from slightly behind the body to slightly in front
Backwards brush – reverse of the above
Shuffle – forward brush followed by backwards brush, executed in less than one count (&1, 1&, &a etc.)
Tap spring (lazy shuffle) – forwards tap with transfer of weight and slight elevation
Jump – elevation from the balls of the feet without transfer of weight – two feet to two feet or two feet to one foot
Hop – elevation from the balls of the feet without transfer of weight, one foot to one foot
Click – hitting any two parts of the feet together. Toe to toe, heel to heel, toe to heel, can be done with or without elevation
‘Tip’ tap (toe tap) – very tips of the toes hit the floor and immediately come away again
Ball Change – step on to the ball of one foot and then back to the flat of the other foot in less than one count (&1). Accent on the second beat (&1).