January 2011
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
Winter Tap Intensive
Adult Rep Classes
Pre-Tap Open House
New Galleries
Save the Dates
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: Courtney Runft
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: Courtney Runft
Intermediate Tap
Mon. 5:00 - 6:15:  Michela Marino-Lerman
Tues. 4:30-6:00: Joseph Webb
Fri. 12:00-1:30: Germaine Salsberg

Intermediate/Advanced Tap
Wed. 12:00 - 2:00: Brenda Bufalino
(Meets January Only; $30/class)
Advanced Tap
Wed. 6:00-7:30: Rotating
Max Pollak - Jan. 12, 19 
Classes are $15 each; or $13 with the purchase of a 4 or 8 class card

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info
Winter Tap Intensive
Register today!

*2 Day Residencies with Brenda Bufalino, Nicholas Young, Jared Grimes & an improv workshop & scat lab with Margaret Morrison and Jay Clayton.


*Tap Talks/Tap Films


*Tap Jam

Class sizes are limited. Register today to reserve your space!


Click here for more information and a registration form!  



Advanced/Professional Workshops
Winter Schedule 2011

January 22 & 29
Jimmy Slyde material taught by Roxane Butterfly ($60/2 weeks or $30/week)

How do tap dancers construct a rhythmical thought and then challenge the body within space to communicate this thought? Through learning signature-steps from tap master Jimmy Slyde, students will be given practical ''keys'' to the improvisational ''system'' of one of the most lyrical rhythm-tapper ever.

February 5,12 & 26
Musicianship for tap dancers taught by Margaret Morrison ($90/3 weeks or $30/week)

Professional skills tap dancers need to work with live musicians in tap jams, rehearsals and when creating your own compositions, including musical structures, how to call and count in tunes, communicating clearly and creating musical arrangements.


March 5, 12 & 19
Pete Nugent's "Breezin'" taught by Susan Hebach ($90/3 weeks or $30/week)

A gorgeous, classic rhythm tap routine from 1953 built on moderate tempo syncopations and beautiful moves by Pete Nugent, member of the Copasetics and master tap stylist.

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

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

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info




Pre-Tap Open Houses


Parents and children (ages 3 1/2 - 4) are encouraged to arrive and check in between 9:30-9:45, receive information and tour our studios, and then participate in a 20 minute trial pre-tap class, taught by our ATDF faculty.


No experience or tap shoes required.


Saturday, Jan. 5, 2011 

9:30 - 10:30am

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2011

9:30 - 10:30am


RSVP to Susan at shebach@atdf.org


Check out the updated photo and video galleries on our new website!

Save These Dates!

ATDF Spring Gala

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


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 crunft@atdf.org with the who, what, where, and when by the 30th of the month prior to your event.



Imagine Tap is looking for tap dancers for either it's 2011 run or future performances. Dancers are expected to handle choreography, improvise with ease and be able to act. Dancers with special talents such as but not limited to: Skateboarding, singing, juggling, acrobatics, etc, will be given extra consideration. 17 and older with proof of high school completion for the younger dancers.


Please email your intentions to audition to Aaron Tolson, with a resume and picture attached to Imaginetap@gmail.com. A hard copy of your resume and picture will be required at the audition as well.



Friday, Feb. 11


The American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B

New York, NY 10014



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.