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.


All classes held at The American Tap Dance Center: 154 Christopher St. #2B, New York, NY 10014 (between Greenwich & Washington Streets)



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! 

Saturday, Oct. 16, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

RSVP to Susan at shebach@atdf.org


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

*Mon. 6:15 - 7:15: Danny Wallace  
*Wed. 6:15 - 7:15: Lisa La Touche
*Sun. 1:15 - 2:15: Toni Noblett

Beginner Tap
Solid understanding of the basics

*Mon. 6:15 - 7:15: Tony Waag
*Tues. 6:15 - 7:15: Lynn Schwab
*Thurs. 6:00 - 7:00: Courtney Runft
*Sat. 4:00 - 5:00 Claudia Rahardjanoto
*Sun. 1:15 - 2:15: Claudia Rahardjanoto


Advanced Beginner Tap
Solid understanding of all basics & putting together in longer combinations & more complex rhythms

*Tues. 6:15 - 7:30: Derick K. Grant
*Thurs. 6:30 - 7:45: Susan Hebach
*Saturday 4:00 - 5:00 Claudia Rahardjanoto

Intermediate Tap
*Tues. 4:30 - 6:00: Joseph Webb
*Fri. 12:00 - 1:30: Germaine Salsberg

Advanced Tap
*Wed. 6:00 - 7:30: Rotating
Cartier Williams - Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov. 3
Heather Cornell - Nov. 10 & 17, Dec. 1, 8 & 15
Max Pollak - Jan. 5, 12, 19 

Classes are $15 each or save by purchasing 4 or 8 class cards!

See Adult Programs for details.

Brenda Bufalino Classes

Intermediate/Advanced Level
Technique & Repertory

Wednesdays 12:00 - 2:00

October 13, 20 & 27
December 1, 8 & 15


photo: Lois Greenfield


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, assisted by pianist Vladimir Katz.


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.


Click here for details!


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.  

Save the Dates!


Fall Tap Intensive "Making Dances"

November 5-7, 2010

Faculty: Brenda Bufalino


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 "The Music of Tap Dance"

February 18-20, 2011

faculty TBA


Tap City Youth Concert

Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Tap City 2011

July 4th-10th, 2011


ATDF Youth Summer Camps

Aug 15 - 19: Ages 5 - 8, 0 - 2 years experience

Aug 22 - 26: Ages 8 - 13, 3+ years experience


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.

For a complete schedule of classes visit: Youth Program Schedule 


Youth Program Faculty includes: Brandy Blaha, Susan Hebach, Monifa Kincaid, Lisa La Touche, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Arleigh Rothenberg, Courtney Runft & Tamii Sakurai

Saturdays 4:15 - 6:15

Each 4 or 2 week Repertory series focuses on a great work of classic tap repertory or contemporary material.   Drop-ins allowed but students are encouraged to register for the entire 2 or 4 week course.


*Fall & Winter Schedule 2010


October 16 & 23 - Leon Collins' Routine 2 taught by Barbara Duffy ($60 Routine 2 only)


October 30, November 6, 13 & 20 - Harold Cromer's Opus One taught by Michelle Dorrance ($120/4 weeks)


December 4 & 11 - Charles 'Honi' Coles material taught by Brenda Bufalino ($60/2 weeks)

Visit Adult Programs for more information.

Contact Courtney to register at crunft@atdf.org or 646-230-9564.

Advanced Beginner Repertory
Saturdays 5:00 - 6:15

First trimester with Claudia Rahardjanoto 

**Still space to register at a prorated cost. Email Courtney at crunft@atdf.org to register**


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. 

Visit Adult Programs for more information.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 25, 2010


The Tap City Youth Ensemble is performing in teh 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & performing at Herald Square in front of the NBC cameras! 

The ensemble was chosen by audition/application to perform "Izzici", a South African gum boot dance, originally choreographed by Molutsi Mogami.





Career Transitions for Dancers Gala

Monday, November 8, 2010

ATDF Youth Program "Junior Ensemble"  slated to perform at New York City Center  


The Junior Ensemble's first chance to hit the stage, along with ATDF Artistic Director Tony Waag, will be at New York City Center, for the Career Transitions for Dancers "25th Silver Jubilee" Gala Fundraiser!


Hosted by Angela Lansbury, the 5-time Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary star of musicals, films and television, this spectacular evening will highlight magical moments from past glittering galas. Featuring prominent artists from America's greatest dance companies along with Broadway's show-stopping numbers and superstars Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking and Chita Rivera. This once-in-a lifetime event is not-to-be-missed! Honoring a quarter century of support, Career Transition For Dancers connects dancers to their future, and embraces the unique legacy of dance and dancers that enrich the human condition.  For information on tickets, please visit: www.careertransitions.org/AnnualGala


Dance 212 features former TCYE member Allie Tsubota


Check out Allie's journey as a Tap City Youth Ensemble member, while balancing the demands of being a High School Senior. For full episodes, visit: Dance 212

Join the International Tap Association

Serving tap dance companies, soloists, master teachers, students, patrons and producers in over 28 countries, the International Tap Association is the world's only service organization for this wonderful indigenous American art-form.  The ITA provides a variety of benefits to its members who range from first time tap dancers and fans to the most extraordinary artists of our time.  With a proud history that includes our founding honorary chairman Charles "Honi" Coles and honorary president Gregory Hines, ITA members' benefits include archival and historical tap information, organizational and performance resources, advertising opportunities, networking, access to up-to-date tap happenings around the world.  With multi-level memberships available for fans as well as studios and festivals, you'll have access to world class information on the artists, companies and musicians that make it all happen. 

Related Rhythms 


The Best of NJTAP

When: Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 pm

Where: Morristown Community Center, Mayo Center for the Arts (NJ) www.mayoarts.org

Featuring: Dancers, Karen Callaway Williams, Maurice Chestnut, Devin Arroyo, Dana Fisch, Jeff Foote, Jason Janas, Stacey McFadin, Hillary-Marie Michael, Raphael Thomas, Kyle Wilder and NJTAP2.

Honoree Paul McRae - Assistant Artistic Director New Jersey Ballet

Mercedes Ellingon, host of the evening

"Tappin' with The Ballet" with Live Orchestration arranged by J. Leonard Oxley

Tickets: $125 (includes pst performance champagne reception)

$60 (premium orchestra/balcony - preferred seating only)



On Tap @ Joe's Pub


On piano - Aaron Diehl

On drums - Ulysses Owens

On bass - Matthew Rybicki

On taps - Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Chikako Iwahori, Claudia Rahardjanoto, the Tap Messengers, and Cartier Williams


When: Sunday, October 17 at 7:30 pm

Where: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

Tickets: $15, www.joespub.com, 212-967-7555, in person at box office


Let's Dance: East Flatbush Dance Festival Benefit Performance

What: A benefit performance for the development of a free dance program for high school students at the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn, NY.

When: Saturday, November 6 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $7, http://www.ticketderby.com/event/lets-dance-east-flatbush-festival-id-3190



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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.