November 2010
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 offering even more classes, more teachers, and more rhythms! Please join us for the following programs.


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

Adult Technique Classes
Tap Talks/Tap Films
Adult Rep Classes
Fall Tap Intensive
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Rhythm & Rhyme
Save the Dates
Related Rhythms
Technique Classes for Adults

Our growing year-round Adult Program offers rhythm tap training and enrichment for beginning through advanced professional tap dancers. Classes are ongoing!

Absolute Beginner Tap (first class is FREE!)
Mon. 6:15-7:15: Danny Wallace  
Wed. 6:15-7:15: Lisa La Touche
Sun. 1:15-2:15: Toni Noblett

Beginner Tap (first class is FREE!)
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
Tues. 6:15-7:30: Derick K. Grant
Thurs. 6:30-7:45: Susan Hebach
Sat. 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
Heather Cornell - Nov. 10 & 17
Chikako Iwahori - Dec. 1
Heather Cornell - Dec. 8 & 15
Max Pollak - Jan. 5, 12, 19

Classes are $15 each; or $13 with the purchase of a 4 or 8 class card

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info


Jigging, Jazz Tap, Hoofing & History  with Margaret Morrison, MFA


A Tap Talks/Tap Films presentation - great for the whole family! Join us for a fun video journey through tap history.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010

12:15 - 1:15
American Tap Dance Center

Adults: $5 suggested donation
Kids: FREE


Repertory Classes for Advanced Adults

Each 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 course.

Fall & Winter Schedule 2010

October 30, November 6, 13 & 20:
Harold Cromer's "Opus One", taught by Michelle Dorrance ($30/week)

December 4 & 11
Charles 'Honi' Coles material taught by Brenda Bufalino ($60/2 weeks or $30/week)

Classes are held on Saturdays 4:15 - 6:15pm

Contact Courtney with questions or to register at 646-230-9564 or

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info

Fall Tap Intensive "Making Dances"
November 5 - 7 with Brenda Bufalino

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 master teacher and choreographer, Brenda Bufalino, and musician/accompanist/arranger, Vladimir Katz. Participants are invited, but not required, to bring in material that they have been working on for further development.
  • How to work with a pianist, arrange a piece of music & perform with musicians
  • Explore ideas for creating choreography
  • How are tap dances put together? What tunes are good for tap?
  • How can you make your ideas unique, not generic?
Students will also learn a brand new tap repertory work, and experience Ms. Bufalino's choreographic collaboration with a musician. Material learned and developed will be presented at the Sunday evening showcase.

Click here for details
Tap City Youth Ensemble to perform in the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

On Thursday, November 25th, from 9am - 12pm, our very own Tap City Youth Ensemble will be marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and performing at Herald Square in from 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.



Rhythm & Rhyme

An informal evening of poetry and tap dance performed by Brenda Bufalino AND a book launch of her new poetry book "CIRCULAR MIGRATIONS," published by Cod Hill Press. Book signing, wine, and talk to follow performance.


Friday, December 3, 2010

7:00 - 9:00 pm

American Tap Dance Center 


Door charge $10.00


Save These Dates!

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  

*2 day Residencies with Master Tap Artist

*Special Events

*Check out the sneak preview, full details coming soon


ATDF Spring Gala

May 16, 2011 (6:30 8:30pm)

Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Tap City Youth Concert

Saturday, June 18, 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


These are New York City tap dance events not produced by the American Tap Dance Foundation


If you would like your tap dance event or news included, please email with the who, what, where, and when by the 30th of the month prior to your event.


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,


Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

What: A movie with 2 tap numbers choreographed by Kelly Kaleta

Where: Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street



Cartier Williams' "Hoofing with the Basics" Tap DVD

What: an instructional DVD for all levels - beginner - advanced

Where to purchase/more info:

Info: Analyzes 10 basic tap steps: the walk, shuffles, toes, toe heel, flaps, scatting, step and toe, cramp roll, shuffle off to buffalo


Move: A New York City Dance Project

What: A Professional level Dance Workshop

When: December 26 - 29, 2010



Sole Cypher Sundays at Smalls

What: Tap Jam at Smalls
When: Sunday November 7th, 4-7pm & November 21, 4-7pm

Hosted by: Michela Marino Lerman

Featuring: Tivon Pennicott on sax, Chris Mees on bass, and Andrew Atkinson on drums

Co-produced by: Cobi Narita, Michela Marino Lerman, and Smalls Jazz Club

Don't forget, if you can't make it you can watch the session live online at!!!


American Tap Dance Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and Supporters


Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director

Hjordis Linn-Blanford - ATDF Director of Operations

Susan Hebach - ATDF Youth Program/TCYE Director

Courtney Runft - ATDF Education Assistant/Registrar

Board of Directors 

Debbie Beard - ATDF Board Chair & Entrepreneur

Brenda Bufalino - ATDF Artistic Mentor

Hoagy B. Carmichael - ATDF Vice Board Chair & Producer

Mercedes Ellington - Director/ Choreographer

Constance Valis Hill Ph.D. - Jazz Tap Historian

Pamela Koslow Hines - Producer

Nancy Kremsdorf - Tap Enthusiast

Donna Manger-Weil - Entrepreneur

Harvey Manger-Weil - Entrepreneur

Erica Marks Panush - Tap Enthusiast

Cynthia J. Roush - Tap Enthusiast

Lisa M. Scotto - Director of Marketing and Sales for Special Events & Concert Halls at Lincoln Center 

Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director

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.


- ATDF Youth Program/TCYE Director