February 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
Adult Rep Classes
Winter Tap Intensive
Pre-Tap Open House
New Galleries
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: 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
Fri. 12:00-1:30: Germaine Salsberg

Advanced Tap
Wed. 6:00-7:30: Rotating
Barbara DuffyFeb. 9 & 16 
Classes are $15 each; or $13 with the purchase of a 4 or 8 class card

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info
Advanced/Professional Workshops
Winter Schedule 2011

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




New Boys Apprentice Program for Tap City Youth Ensemble

The ATDF has created a new 8 week apprentice program for intermediate/advanced level boys ages 11-16 (chosen by audition) to learn selected works from the Tap City Youth Ensemble repertory. The focus is preparing new boys to join the TCYE for the 2011-2012 season. The program is free to those boys who are chosen, but students must be available for the complete 8 week session to participate. Selected students must be available on Sundays from 12:00-1:15 on the following dates:


April 10, 17

May 1, 8, 15, 22

June 5, 12


Auditions are Sunday, March 20th & 27th

American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher St., #2B, NY, NY 10014


Check in at 11:30, Audition 12:00 - 1:00


Pre-Registration is required. Please copy and paste and complete the information below and send to Susan Hebach at shebach@atdf.org by March 16th, 2011.


1. Student Name

2. Date of birth and current age

3. Parent/Guardian names

4. Paren email address

5. Parent home phone number

6. Cell or alternate phone number

7. Student email (optional)

8. Mailing address

9. Home dance studio & current tap instructor

10. Academic school name

11. Are you a member of any other performing group or organization?


Audition results for the apprentive program will be sent by email by Aunday, April 3rd. There is a $40 registration fee required for dancers who enroll in the program. Particpation in this apprentice program does not guarantee selection for the TCYE in 2011-2012.

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!  




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



Audition for Tap City Youth Ensemble 2011 - 2012



There are three levels of the TCYE and dancers are placed based on skill. The audition is structured as a tap class. Students whould wear dance clothes and hard soled, low heeled tap shoes. There is no fee for the audition, but participants must pre-register by email. Please follow pre-registration instructions below. Auditioning students will be notified of the audition results by email. Rehearsal begin in September 2011.


Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014


Audition Schedule:

2:30 - 3:00     Check in for int/adv dancers   ages 11-13 for TCYE III

3:00 - 4:15     Audition

4:00 - 4:30     Check in for adv dancers ages 13-19 for TCYE I/II

4:30 - 5:45     Audition

5:45 - 6:15     Call back for adv dancers for TCYE I


All dancers who plan to audition MUST pre-register for the audition via email. Copy, paste and complete the information below and send to Susan Hebach at shebach@atdf.org by March 30.


1. Student Name

2. Date of birth and current age

3. Parent/Guardian names

4. Paren email address

5. Parent home phone number

6. Cell or alternate phone number

7. Student email (optional)

8. Mailing address

9. Home dance studio & current tap instructor

10. Academic school name

11. Are you a member of any other performing group or organization? 

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

Save These Dates!

ATDF Spring Gala - TAP 25

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


Tap City Youth Concert

Saturday, June 18, 2011 (6:30pm)


Tap City 2011

July 5th-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




My Life, My Diary, My Dance 



What: Chloe Arnold's Woman Show 

Directed by Emmy Award Winner, Tony Nominee Ted Louis Levy

Special Guest - Chocolatt Jared on drums


Musical Director - Harold O'neal, keys

Bass - Kenny Alston


When: February 11 & 12, 10pm & February 13, 5:30pm

Where: La Mama, The Club 74 E. 4th Street

Tickets: 212-475-7720, online http://lamama.org/the-club/my-life-my-diary-my-dance/

Cost: $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors



92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival


February 18 - March 20


Join the 92nd Street Y for five weeks of dance, five uniquely distinct voices and 15 evenings of works sure to delight, ignite and inspire. Featuring performance by Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co; Christopher Williams; Patti Bradshaw with People, Places & Things; jill sigman/thinkdance; and curation by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.



Get your tickets at www.92Y.org/HarknessFestival or call 212.415.5500. 




The Power of Dreams, Presented by CASIO


February 20, 2011, 7:30pm

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center

129 W. 67th St. New York, NY 10023



$30 ($25 RSVP: tpodreams@aol.com)


More info: http://www.thepowerofdreams.us/


Performers: Kenichi Ebina, Tempei Nakamura, TAEKO, Yuka Kameda


Undertoe Dance Project's 3 -Year Anniversary Celebration



March 4 & 5, 8:00pm

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center

248 W. 60th St., New York, NY



$20 general admission

$12 12yrs & under and 65+

$32 VIP (March 5 ONLY) includes a reception with the company after the show, light refreshments, and inclusion in a raffle drawing for Undertoe Prizes.


*When purchased before Feb 25. After Feb 25: $25/$17/$37 All prices are subject to $2 processing fee and can be bough at MMAC in person, by phone at 212-787-1178, or online at www.manhattanmovement.com


More info:

www.undertoedance.com, 646-863.6040, events@undertoedance.com


A Shared Evening: Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards


March 10-12, 2011 at 8:00pm





photo by Matt Murphy

$18 ($12 Members)


Part of Platform 2011: Body Madness - Rhythm & Humor, curated by David Parker presented by Danspace at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.



Danspace Project is located at:

131 East 10th St. (at 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10003

Information: 212-674-8112

Tickets: 866-811-4111


More info & online tickets:










































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 Associate/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.