April 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
Tap City 2011
Spring Gala
Gala Auction
Summer Tap Camps
Tap City Youth Concert
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
Sun. 1:15-2:15: Claudia Rahardjanoto

Beginning Rudiments
Sat. 4:00-5:00: Lynn Schwab
Advanced Beginner Tap
Tues. 6:15-7:30: Derick K. Grant
Thurs. 6:30-7:45: Susan Hebach
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
Nicholas Young -April13
Roxane Butterfly - May 25 & June 1

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 Professional Rep

Adults & Teens 13+ 


Max Pollak teaches Rumba Tap/Body Percussion


April 9 & April 16

Max will focus on complex Afro-Cuban 6/8 polyrhythms as well as intricate body percussion patterns and narrative improvisation as evident in several pieces from the Rumba Tap repertory. At least one full piece will be taught.



Randy Skinner teaches Hollywood Tap in the style of Fred Astaire   



April 30, May 7 & 14


Each class will consist of technique and a tap combination influenced by the style and music of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films.





$30/single class

$60/Max Pollak Workshop (2 classes)


$90/Randy Skinner Workshop (3 classes)



July 5 - 10



  • Adult Program Residencies (ages 15+)
  • Teacher Training Program (Teachers)
  • Adult Program Master Classes (ages 12+)
  • Pre-Professional Program (ages 14-19)
  • Youth Program (ages 10-14)
  • Mini-Fest (ages 6-14)


Faculty Includes:

Chloe Arnold, Brenda Bufalino, Karen Callaway Williams, April Cook, Audrey Davis, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Derick K. Grant, Ray Hesselink, Susan Hebach, Ryan Johnson, Monifa Kincaid, Lisa La Touche, Reggio McLaughlin,Deborah Mitchell, Margaret Morrison, Germaine Salsberg, Jason Samuels Smith, Josie Say, Lynn Schwab, Randy Skinner, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Constance Valis Hill, Cartier Williams 


Online Registration is NOW OPEN! Classes sizes are limited....Register soon for Early Bird Prices!


Scholarships available and kids and teens ages 6 - 19. Deadline to apply is May 1.



  • Boat ride
  • Tap Future Performance
  • Tap City Premeir Performance
  • Tap Talks / Tap Films
  • Awards Ceremony & Performance
  • Tap Competition

Click here to register!


photo by Debi Field

ATDF "TAP 25" Gala

Monday, May 16th, 6:30-8:30pm 





"Rhythm is Our Business"

An evening of fun, film and fancy footwork in support of the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund!


 The American Tap Dance Foundation welcomes Guest Host Brian Stokes Mitchell


Featuring guest appearances by 

of "Imagine Tap!" and choreographer for "So You Think you Can Dance"

of "Rumba Tap", NYFA Fellow and named "25 to Watch" in Dance Magazine

of "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and Spike Lee's "Bamboozled"

Plus performances by the Tap City Youth Ensemble, the Tap City Junior Ensemble, ATDF Youth Program Students and other surprise guests!


Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks on drums, Joe Fonda on bass, Vladimir Katz on piano


To purchase tickets to the Gala:

-      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: twaag@atdf.org


ATDF "TAP 25" Gala Auction


Our Silent Auction will be held during the Tap 25 Spring Gala Wine Reception on Monday, May 16th, 2011 (6:30 - 7:30pm) at the Peter Norton Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia. If you are unable to attend, you can click here and make an absentee bid.


To see a list of items click here. 


Summer Tap Camps for Kids!


August 15-19, 2011.....9:30am-2:00pm

ages 5-8 with 0 - 2 years experience


August 22-26, 2011.....9:30am-2:00pm

ages 8+ with 3 years experience


ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment. 

  • Tap Technique and Choreography
  • Master Classes in various Percussive Dance Forms
  • Tap History & Film
  • Field Trip
  • Presentation for parents on last day


Call Courtney at 646-230-9564 to register today!





Tap City Youth Concert


Saturday, June 18th at 7:00pm

Peter Norton Symphony Space


Fifth annual performances by young tap dancers ages 5 - 19 from the American Tap Dance Foundation's education program. Presenting beginning rhythm makers to advanced teens in the Tap City Youth Ensemble the ATDF welcomes the NYC community to celebrate the joy of tap dance!

Purchase tickets here!


photo by Matthew Murphy





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 25th of the month prior to your event.





Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm & Sunday, April 10, 3:00 pm

Margaret Morrison performing a solo from her tap/theater work, Joe Fonda on Bass

Left Out Festival: A Celebration of emerging LGBT Theater

Benefitting GMHC and Bailey House

Stage Left Studio: 214 W. 30th Street, 6th floor (between 7th - 8th Aves, NYC)

$20 Tickets and info: www.leftoutfestival.com





Beginning Tuesday April 12th                                                                                                 

The Harlem Swing Dance Society                                                                                        

FREE Swing Dance Classes: Learn the Lindy Hop!                                                               

Teens at 6pm, Adults at 7:15pm                                                                                              

Wadleigh High School: 215 West 114 Street - Harlem NY, 5th Floor Gym http://theharlemswingdancesociety.blogspot.com





Tuesday April 19                                                                                                      


A Discussion with Douglas Sonntag, Director of Dance, NEA

Discussing the role of the NEA in the development of twentieth-century dance and the challenges and possibilities of supporting the arts in  the twenty-first century     

7pm, FREE                                                             

Barnard College: Event Oval, The Dana Center (Broadway bet. 116 & 120)







This NEW energetic competition is designed for aspiring dancers and choreograph...ers and offers an opportunity to show industry judges their work. The night is especially fun as the crowd has partial say in who wins the prize money. Whether it's Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap Dance, Contemporary, or Stepping-RUN THE NIGHT is sure to be a joyous experience with innovative acts, popular music, and loads of dance. Be ready to cheer for what inspires you the most and help your favorite performance, "RUN THE NIGHT"!


When: April 20 at 8:00pm (doors at 6pm)

Where: BB King Blues Club & Grill, NYC 

Tickets: $7.50 http://www.goldstar.com

More Info: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=516




For detailed information as we get it - check our News and Events Page! 


Saturday April 23

Black Tie Ball & Donald Sadler Award

Dance Times Square: 156 West 44th Street



Monday April 25

30 Year Reunion Celebration of the Broadway Opening of Duke Ellington's SOPHISTICATED LADIES

Featuring original cast members and the Duke Ellington Big Band

Birdland: 315 West 44th Street

5:00pm Doors, 7:00pm Show

$40-$50 + $10 minimum food/drink

Tickets: http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/35197/


Thursday April 28

Duke Ellington Birthday Tribute Blue Millennium Orchestra

Swing 46: 349 West 46th Street

8:00pm Show, 12:00 Midnight Birthday Toast



Friday April 30

Duke Ellington Birthday Concert Celebration!

Duke Ellington Statue at 5th Ave & 110th Street




Saturday April 30

Concert in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Woodlawn Cemetery





Support Cobi Narita's effort to raise money for Parkinson's Unity Walk!


Jazz and Tap Dance's  beloved Producer, Presenter and Champion!


Make your check or money order payable to Parkinson's Unity Walk. On the Memo line, be sure to put Team CobiJazz.


Mail directly to: Parkinson's Unity Walk, PO Box 275, Kingston, NJ 08528.


To donate on-line, log on to http://unitywalk2011.kintera.org/cobinarita. If you click on it, it takes you directly to Cobi's donation page on the Unity Walk website.


There is a very good reason to send your donation in EARLY. If your donation of $75 or more is received by APRIL 8, your name will be entered in a Parkinson's Unity Walk Raffle Drawing for a dream vacation valued at $5,000. Raffle drawings will be held on the day of the Walk and announced on the webcast: www.unitywalk.org



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 

Kim Thacker - Tap Enthusiast and Pharmaceutical Executive

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.