March 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). All classes are held at The American Tap Dance Center: 154 Christopher St. #2B, New York, NY 10014 (between Greenwich & Washington Streets). Please join us for the following programs! 

Adult Technique Classes
Adult Rep Classes
Pre-Tap Open House
Tap City 2011
Adult Rep Classes
Pre-Tap Open House
Spring Gala
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: Lynn Schwab
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: Lynn Schwab

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
Jason Samuels Smith  Mar. 2, 6 & 16
Chloe Arnold- Mar. 23
Jason Janas  - Mar. 30

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

Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info

Repertory Classes


Advanced Beginning Rep with Lynn Schwab

Adults & Teens 13+


Are you ready to hone your performance skills through classic and contemporary tap works?  Each Session a choreographer teaches a work of tap repertory geared to Advanced Beginning level students.


March 5 - June 11, 2011

Saturdays, 5:00 - 6:15pm


Lynn Schwab teaches both classic and contemporary tap repertory geared to Advanced Beginning level students, in a fun

and supportive 13-Week course. Students will work on personal style while developing a solid foundation in tap repertory developed by Lynn and handed down to us from past masters of the form. The Session ends with

an opportunity to present the work in an informal performance. No drop-ins allowed, but students may take one class before registering for the 13-Week Session. Students in this Repertory course are encouraged to attend one of our weekly Advanced Beginning tap technique classes or the Rudiments class.





Advanced Professional Rep

Adults & Teens 13+


March 5, 12 & 19
Saturdays 4:15 - 6:15pm

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.



Contact Courtney with questions or to register for either repertory course at 646-230-9564 or
Visit ADULT PROGRAMS for more info


Rhythm is our Business


In January of 2010, we moved into our new

home at the American Tap Dance Center. Our training programs promote the joyful embodiment of rhythm and build critical life skills through active cooperation, creative problem solving, patience, confidence, discipline and attuned listening

BUT, we need a new LIGHTING SYSTEM to function properly. We have lights, but they are old, broken down and very harsh. We have around 500 people coming each week for daily tap classes. 190 of these students are kids. They deserve to see and be seen!


Your donations, large or small, will make this happen. We have already enlisted the DONATED services of a parent who is an expert in the field, and Con Edison is offering a 70% discount on energy efficient systems. We know what we need, and we are ready to act. The cost of our new lighting system will be realized in savings on our utility bill within two years!  





July 5 - 10


Full Details and Registration coming VERY SOON!





          Mini-Fest: ages 6 - 14

          Youth Program: ages 10 - 14

          Pre-Professional: ages 14 - 19

          Adult Program: ages 15+

          Master Classes: ages 12+

          Teacher Training - NEW!




          Boat Ride

          Tap Future Performance

          Tap City Premier Performance

          Tap Talks / Tap Films

          Awards Ceremony & Performance

          Tap Competition


Check out our Preview here!

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 by March 16th, 2011.


1. Student Name

2. Date of birth and current age

3. Parent/Guardian names

4. Parent 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 apprentice program will be sent by email by Sunday, April 3rd. There is a $40 registration fee required for dancers who enroll in the program. Participation in this apprentice program does not guarantee selection for the TCYE in 2011-2012.


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 should 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 begins 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 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? 


ATDF Spring Gala

Monday, May 16th













For 25 years we've been:

- creating new venues and original productions!
- presenting unique artists and contemporary choreography!

- educating the next generation and building new audience!

- preserving the American history of tap dance!


Our philosophy is that Tap Dance is MUSIC and a UNIVERSAL form of expression; plus it's FUN, HEALTHY and ACCEESSIBLE to everyone!


All proceeds support the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.


To purchase tickets:

-      Call us at 646.230.9564

-      Click here 


Benefactor Tickets: $1,000

Patron Tickets: $500

Partner Tickets: $250

Friend Tickets: $125


If you are interested in Sponsorship Packages contact:


Click on ATDF Auctions (available March 14) to view other ways you can support our efforts!






Tap City Youth Concert

Saturday, June 18 at 6:30pm


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.



Circular Migrations: Book of Poetry by Brenda Bufalino




Click here to purchase! 



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



$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


More info:, 646-863.6040,



Andrew J. Nemr   ECHOES IN TIME
featuring CPD PLUS


March 4 at 8:00pm


From Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Bubba Gaines, to Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines, ECHOES IN TIME opens a window to the heart of a tap dancer.


Symphony Space

2537 Broadways at 95th St.







The Peggy Spina Tap Company presents it's 30th Anniversary Performance

An Evening of Tap Dance and Jazz Music


March 4 & 5, 2011 at 6:00pm & 8:30pm


Choreography by Peggy Spina and Buster Brown

Music by Joel Forrester


Spina Loft:

115 Prince Street

New York, NY 10012

Information & Reservations: 212-674-8885


Tickets & More Info:





A Shared Evening: Michelle Dorrance & Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards



March 10 - 12, 2011 at 8:00pm


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:

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

New York, NY 10003

Information: 212-674-8112


Tickets & More Info:

$18 ($12 Members)




Harlem Stride presents: Marcus Strickland quartet with the Tap Messengers of New York

Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm


The Marcus Strickland Quartet distinctively blend the sounds of jazz, hip hop, soul, and world music. Inspired by the legendary Jazz Messengers, the evening opens with The Tap Messengers of New York dancing through be-bop to hip-hop.  



$15, 20% off with code: POCA

available at or 212.281.9240 ext. 19/20 



Broadway Underground

March 15, 8:00pm


A unforgettable night of hip-hop, tap dance & more! PLUS, the open session! Hosted by Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming, Jr.


BB King Blues Club & Grill:

237 W. 42nd St.

(between Broadway & 8th)

New York City


Tickets & More Info:

$12.50 Tickets here! 


"There" with Joseph Webb

Friday March 25 & Saturday March 26 at 7:30pm



University Settlement:

184 Eldridge

New York, NY 10002


Tickets & More Info:

$15, $10 students and seniors 



East Flatbush Dance Festival


Saturday, April 2nd at 3:00pm 



Tilden Educational Campus

Brooklyn, NY 11203


Suggested donation: $10


More Info:


Heather Cornell teaching in Nyack, NY


Heather Cornell offers a style of tap that combines dance and music in a unique, fun and creative fashion for both children and adults.  No experience necessary. Registration is required and classes are limited so call today! 




March 21 - May 16, 2011



Helen Hayes Studio

142 Main St.

Nyack, NY



Adults - Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30pm & Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm


Children -

Pre-K & Kindergarten - Mondays, 5:00 - 5:30pm

Boys - Mondays, 5:30 - 6:15pm

Girls - Mondays, 6:15 - 7:00pm


More Info:




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.