Transform regular shoes into tap dancing shoes by attaching coins to the soles with putty! This fun activity brings lively chair dancing to seniors, promoting physical activity and social interaction.
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Transform regular shoes into tap dancing shoes by attaching coins to the soles with putty! This fun activity brings lively chair dancing to seniors, promoting physical activity and social interaction.

Materials Needed:

  1. Chairs for participants.
  2. Swinging music playlist.
  3. Coins (20 or 50 cent coins work well)
  4. Adhesive putty for affixing coins to shoes


  • Attach two coins to each shoe using adhesive putty.
  • Choreograph synchronized chair movements.
  • Leader demonstrates.
  • Participants follow, adapting as needed.



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Bonnie 13th Sep 2019 Executive Director
I am currently working on putting together elastic tap bands to be used in some of my senior classes that I teach. Having a dance background myself I am happy to make suggestions as to steps you can do with your residents.

While sitting in a chair or wheelchair place the elastic bands (around front and back part of shoes). Each participant will use two bands on each shoe. That way everyone can make the sound together and be included in the activity.

Step 1. Toe Taps - Extend leg out in front and tap toe in counts of 8’s, bring foot back in and step. Now reverse using the other foot stretched out in front for 8 counts and again bring back to center. (The extra 8 counts of switching feet helps with the transition).

Step 2. Heel steps - again stretching leg to front place heel on the floor and do heels for 8 counts. Bring back together and reverse.

Step 3. Marches - alternating feet march in place with various counts.

Step 4. Kick steps - kick foot out in front and then step, keep alternating.
Kicks can be very small or bigger depending on ability.

**incorporate arm movements once everyone has the footwork down.
**patterns are great to use in all of the above dance steps.
Example; March for 8 counts and then extend leg to front for two toe steps right and two toe steps left. Then repeat
**music - after teaching the above steps I play music and we dance together with the music. I love the song New York New York, Give My Regards to Broadway etc.
**props - sometimes I bring top hats and everyone wears a top hat while we do our tap class. I also have sequin bow ties, capes etc. I have these items for my other programs I teach so am able to utilize them with my seniors as well. I understand with budgets, etc. for your Rec departments it is not always feasible to have these items but the dollar store is my go to for extra items especially around various holidays to purchase items that can be used.

I’m happy to answer any questions regarding performing arts programs (Dance, Theater, Improv, Puppetry, Instruments, etc.) there are so many fun activities that can be done with all ages and all abilities!

Tammy 26th Nov 2019 Activities Director
Hello Bonnie,

What did you use for the "tap". It looks like someone commented on using buttons, but I would think that might break. A while back I saw that someone was doing finger tapping with people who are living with dementia and I though that was so great, but I like to try to keep programs more familiar for my residents. I would love to arrange a phone call with you if possible.

Thank you so much!

Tammy Bryant

Tammy Bryant
Maureen 25th Aug 2017 activities officier
Hi folks this is a great exercise. and so much fun.
Janet 9th Mar 2017 Physiotherapy Assistant & MultiSkilled Carer
I love this idea, but would you be able to give us a sample like in you tube?
Katja 13th Jan 2017 Recreation Activiites Officer
Like the idea with the wide elastic and buttons very quick and easy to attach to shoes....good to try with small group though....
Janet 12th Jan 2017 Physiotherapy Assistant & MultiSkilled Carer
Do you have DVD showing us how to apply the tap dancing in age care, so that the group will move in uniform.
Talita 1st Jan 2017
Love to hear feedback from people who have tried this activity!
Janet 28th Dec 2016 PCA/Lifestyle
Tap dancing sounds a fun exercise. Will definitely try this out.
Janet 15th Dec 2016 Physiotherapy Assistant & MultiSkilled Carer
I love this concepts, I so excited to try this with some of our residents at age care facilities.
Thank you for sharing.
Audrey 10th Aug 2016 Activity Department
What is the best thing to use to get coins to stick to bottom of residents
Glenis 16th Aug 2016 Activities Co-ordinator
I have been tap dancing with my residents for a while using wide elastic that goes over there shoes with flat buttons stitched to it.
karen 4th Feb 2015 Leisure/lifestyle assistant
Hi. I would like to teach my residents tap dancing. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this? Much appreciated. Karen
Sue 23rd Sep 2014 Lifestyle Officer
I love this idea x
Joanne 8th Jul 2014 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
Love it...can't wait to try....
Heather 1st Jul 2014
Love this idea, I am going to certainly give it a go with a few residents. Thanks for sharing
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