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ExerciseSeated Tap Dance Exercise for Stroke Survivors

Seated Tap Dance Exercise for Stroke Survivors

Get a fun workout by joining in on this fun seated tap dance video. The video reviews some of the benefits of seated tap dancing, then guides viewers through five different tap moves (kicks, digs, shuffles, heel drops, and cramp rolls). After learning the steps, combine them together in a fun dance to “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” Remember when you are dancing to be seated in a sturdy chair, wear shoes, and take breaks as you need.

Intro and Benefits of Tap Dancing (0:00-0:40)

The video starts off with an overview of what you will be learning and gives some of the benefits of tap dancing. Benefits include improving balance, coordination, flexibility, and memory.

Step 1: Kick (0:40-1:40)

The first step covered is a kick. Extend your leg out, then bend at the knee and bring it back in. The step is repeated on the left and right sides.

Step 2: Dig (1:40-2:32)

The second step is a dig. Place the heel of your foot on the ground, then bring your foot back to being flat on the ground with step. Practice this step on the right and left.

Step 3: Shuffle (2:35-3:40)

The third step is a shuffle, one of the most common tap steps. This step is like a kick, except when you straighten your knee and bend it to bring it back in, you brush the ball of your foot on the ground. This step is done on the right and left.

Step 4: Heel Drop (3:48-4:42)

The fourth step is a heel drop. To do this step, place the ball of your foot on the ground, then drop your heel. The step is practiced on the right and left.

Step 5: Cramp Roll (4:51-6:08)

The final step is a cramp roll. This step involves placing the ball of the right foot on the ground, then placing the ball of the left foot on the ground. Next, drop the heel of your right foot and follow with dropping the left heel. This step is taught on the right and left.

Dance: “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” (6:30-8:50)

End the workout by combining all five steps together in a fun dance!

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