May 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! 

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photos by Matt Murphy & Debi Field

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
Fri. 12:00-1:30: Germaine Salsberg

Advanced Tap
Wed. 6:00-7:30: Rotating
Roxane Butterfly - 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 Class


Randy Skinner teaches Hollywood Tap in the style of Fred Astaire   


May 7 


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


Cost: $30/single class






July 5 - 10, 2011



  • 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 is extended to May 13.



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

Click here to register!


photo by Debi Field


Adult Program Student Showcase


WHEN: Thurs. June 23, 7-9pm

WHERE: American Tap Dance Center


Join us as our Adult Program students showcase what they've been working so hard on all year!


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


  • 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!


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:



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. 



Come join us for mini sample classes, meet our faculty and watch some great young tap dancers in action!





Sat. May 21, 2011:  12:15-1:15pm     Sat. June 4, 2011:  12:15-1:15pm 

Sat. June 25, 2011: 12:15-1:15pm  


Please RSVP, space is limited:


For more info: email or call 646.230.9564


Visit our website at: for September Open House dates


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(between Greenwich St. & Washington St.)


Tap Jam & Film with Roxane Butterfly - May 25, 2011


Film 6:30-7:30pm

45 minute documentary ''Hoofalogies/The Spirit of Jimmy Slyde'', based on unique archival footage peeking through the hoofing scene of the nineties in New York City!


Jam 7:30-9pm

A night of live jazz and creative rhythm making. Bring your shoes or come and watch!


$5 at the door


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B 


Tap City Youth Concert


WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 7:00pm

WHERE: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 95th St. & Broadway


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 Matt 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 with the who, what, where, and when by the 25th of the month prior to your event.


Brenda Bufalino 


Available for private lessons and special group lessons. Contact Brenda for availability and rates at


Lois' Tap Lane: May 13 at 8pm


All-Star Tap & Jazz Salute

Tap impresario Josh Hilberman asked long-time tap aficionado Lois O'Hara to assemble her dream team of dancers and jazz musicians. Here they are, some of the best performing artists in the world...


Featuring: Tap Legend - Brenda Bufalino, International Stars - Tap & Tray, Tap City's Tony Waag, "Boston to Broadway" - Sean Fielder, "Yes he can" - Josh Hilberman, and many more...


WHERE: The Regent Theatre (7 Medford St., Arlington MA)

WHEN: Fri, May 13, 8pm

TICKETS: $28/$24, Tel: 781-646-4849,

Once Upon a Tap: May 15 at 2pm


Aimed at the young and young at heart, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance concludes its 2010-2011 Family Series with Once Upon a Tap, a high-speed, high-energy tap dance performance featuring Derick Grant and the Grant Family Tappers. Together they will create a visual bedtime story through dance, bringing the action packed adventures of its characters to life in this foot stomping, tap dancing extravaganza. This super fast, energy packed, electrifying hour of tap is certain to get your feet moving!


WHERE: The Harris Theater (205 Randolph Dr. Chicago, IL)

WHEN: Sun, May 15, 2pm


Dance Under the Influence: May 18 at 7pm


Come see award-winning dancer Jason Samuels Smith tear up the floor on May 18 at the Museum of Arts and Design. On a program with hilarious David Parker & the Bang Group and edgy Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance, featured on cover of April Dance Magazine. 


WHERE: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 COlumbus Circle 



Cartier Williams' Rhythm Refix: May 22 at 7:30pm


An evening told through tap, live DJ, and video in a modern cabaret setting and shows the evolution of Tap with an emphasis on different styles from Flash, Buck & Wing and Hoofing.

Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by Cartier Williams

Also featuring rapper A-Clay, singer J-Cast, hip-hop dancer La Jon Dantzler and hoofers Frances Bradley, Michela Marino-Lerman and Caleb Teicher.

Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm

TICKETS: $15,, 212-967-7555
Box Office - The Public Theater Box Office - 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th and Astor Place

Tues-Sat from 1:00pm to 7:30pm, Sun + Mon from 1:00pm to 6:00pm


Purchase of a ticket does NOT guarantee seating; seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard. All tickets are non-refundable.



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.