Tap Dance Conservatory

The ATDF's Tap Conservatory is a year-round school for tap dance with a comprehensive curriculum for kids, teens and adults. (Beginning Level to the Advanced Professional)

This season, we are gearing up to offer even more classes, more teachers, and more rhythms! Please join us for the following programs and events.



ATDF Youth Program, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
Come meet our faculty, see our space and take a free trial class! Open houses are for both children and adults! 
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  • Thur, Sept. 9, 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • Thur, Sept. 9, 6:15 - 7:15pm

  • Fri, Sept. 10, 2:00 - 3:00pm

  • Sat, Sept. 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Sun, Sept. 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Sun, Sept. 19, 2:45 - 3:45pm 

    Our growing year-round Adult Program offers rhythm tap training and enrichment for beginning through advanced professional tap dancers AGES 13+. Classes begin Sept. 13.
    Absolute Beginner Tap
    No experience necessary
    *Monday 6:15 - 7:15: Danny Wallace (first class Sept. 20) 
    *Wednesday 6:15 - 7:15: Lisa La Touche
    *Sunday 1:15 - 2:15: Toni Noblett
    Beginner Tap
    Solid understanding of the basics
    *Monday 6:15 - 7:15: Tony Waag
    *Tuesday 6:15 - 7:15: Lynn Schwab
    *Thursday 6:00 - 7:00: Courtney Runft
    *Saturday 4:00 - 5:00 (Rudiments)
    *Sunday 1:15 - 2:15: Claudia Rahardjanoto
    Advanced Beginner Tap
    Solid understanding of all basics & putting together in longer combinations & more complex rhythms
    *Tuesday 6:15 - 7:30: Derick K. Grant
    *Thursday 6:30 - 7:45: Susan Hebach
    *Saturday 4:00 - 5:00 (Rudiments)
    Intermediate Tap
    *Tuesday 4:30 - 6:00: Joseph Webb
    *Friday 12:00 - 1:30: Germaine Salsberg
    Advanced Tap
    *Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30: Rotating
    Cartier Williams - September 15, 22, 29 & October 6
    Classes are $15 each or save by purchasing 4 or 8 class cards!
    See Adult Programs for details.


    ATDF Master Tap Intensives give advanced students a chance to work with master teachers and choreographers in the field. Students experience first hand the choreographic process and creation of original material that are often presented in future productions produced by the ATDF.
    Fall Tap Intensive, Nov. 5 - 7  
    "Making Dances"
    A (3) Day Tap Intensive led by master teacher and choreographer Brenda Bufalino.


    This is your opportunity to develop your own unique vision with the direction and assistance of a master teacher and choreographer and a live accompanist/arranger.  All participants are invited to bring in material that they have been working on for further development and may have an opportunity to perform it in an evening Studio Presentation.  Structured improvisation created by Ms. Bufalino during the intensive weekend will also be presented.

    Details coming soon!

    This is the 1st of an ongoing series of Tap Dance Intensives throughout the year that are designed to help professional tap dancers develop new work.  

    New classes!
    New faculty! 
    New rhythms!
    Check out our schedule online and register today. Classes are filling quickly!!
    We offer a huge array of tap classes for rhythm makers as young as 3 1/2 years old through advanced teens.
    New this year!
    • Percussive Dance Forms ages 8+. Explore step dance, hip hop, african dance, improvisation & musicianship.
    • Beginning Teen Tap! ages 12+
    For a complete schedule of classes visit: Youth Program Schedule 
    Tap Faculty includes: Brandy Blaha, Susan Hebach, Monifa Kincaid, Lisa La Touche, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Arleigh Rothenberg & Courtney Runft
    Attend an open house for placement and join us in the fall! Classes begin September 13th.
    For faculty bios click here!
    Advanced Beginner Repertory
    Saturdays 5:00 - 6:15
    First trimester with Claudia Rahardjanoto 
    Cost: $195/trimester 
    Begins September 13, 2010

    Each trimester (3 months) a choreographer teaches a work of tap repertory. Students will work on personal style while developing a solid foundation in tap material handed down to us from past masters of the form. No drop-ins allowed, students must register for the trimester.  Students in this Repertory course must also attend one of our weekly Advanced Beginning tap technique classes or the new Rudiments class. 

    Advanced/Professional Repertory 
    Saturdays 4:15 - 6:15
    First 4 weeks of rep ( October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) is Leon Collins' Routine 1 & 2 taught by Barbara Duffy
    Cost: $120/4 week session
    Leon Collins
    Barbara Duffy


    Each 4 week Repertory series focuses on a great work of classic tap repertory or contemporary material.  Choreographers and repertory will be announced soon, but may include works by Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Bill Robinson, Cookie Cook, Leon Collins, etc . . .  taught by our roster of ATDF tap artists.  Check the website for the schedule of teachers and repertory. Drop-ins allowed but students are encouraged to register for the entire 4 week course.

    Visit Adult Programs for more information.

    Save the Dates!


    Fall Tap Intensive

    November 5-7, 2010


    Youth Student Showcase, Jam & Holiday Party

    Friday, December 17th, 2010 (6-8pm)


    Adult Student Showcase, Jam & Holiday Party

    Saturday, December 18th, 2010 (7-9pm)


    Winter Tap Intensive

    February 18-20, 2011


    Tap City Youth Concert

    Saturday, June 18th, 2011


    Tap City 2011

    July 4th-10th, 2011


    Cleaning Scholarship

    Interested in taking classes but can't fit class fees into your budget? ATDF has cleaning scholarships available! Contact Hjordis Linn-Blanford for more information: 
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    The American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. would like to thank the following for their generous support: Our Anonymous Angel, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, American Express, The 42nd Street Fund, the Tsunami Foundation, the Heckscher Foundation for Children, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, and numerous individuals, friends and families.