How to do the Drum in Irish Step Dance. The Drum in Irish Step Dance is created by three sounds. In the first sound, the dancer lifts the back foot and places it down on the ground behind herself. Step. The second sound is created by a toe or a tip of the front of the shoe on the floor. Tip. The third sound is a heel, dropping the heel or digging the heel into the ground for the third sound. We'll look at those three moves again. The step, the toe, and the heel. And a little faster. When done in progression, the Drum can also travel across the space like this. Traveling Drums. An advanced rendering of the step will be to add a flair, flick, or twist of the front foot, moving it from side to side, like this. Watching the Drum one more time, up to full tempo, and… how to do the Drum in Irish Dance.