July 2011


photos by Matt Murphy & Debi Field



July 5 - 10, 2011

Copasetic Boat Ride


July 5, Boarding 7pm - Sails 7:30pm - Docks 10:30pm


Pier 83: W. 42nd St. & Hudson River 


While you soak in the city's skyline, enjoy meeting the Tap City staff, faculty and your fellow students! There's something aboard for everyone ...live music, entertainment and dancing, dancing, dancing, so come join us and catch the rhythm. Bring your own picnic. Cash bar offers drinks and snacks.


To puchase tickets:


arrive at the Pier between 6:40 - 7:00


A Salute to the Copasetics

The Masters of Swing!


Saturday, July 9 at 8pm


Peter Norton Symphony Space

95th & Broadway


"Please join us as we pay tribute to the legendary Copasetics at this 11th year of TAP CITY, the annual New York City Tap Festival. In a Salute to the Copasetics, we honor and remember the amazing contributions and philosophies of the late Charles 'Honi' Coles, the late Charles 'Cookie' Cook, the late James 'Buster' Brown, the late Leslie 'Bubba' Gaines, the late Ernest 'Brownie' Brown and ALL of the 'masters of swing' that passed on to us their incredible love of the art of tap dancing, as well as their great traditions, swinging dances and songs, infectious laughter and humor, and a strong ethic of comradeship and mutual respect!" Tony Waag  

Definition of COPASETIC:  very satisfactory! 

See here for a list of performers: Performer List



General $36

Children 17 & under/Symph. Member/College Student/Senior: $20

Box Office: 212.864.5400

Hours: Tues - Sun from 1 - 6pm. (Box office windows remain open on the night of a show until one half hour after curtain)

Or visit: www.symphonyspace.org






M10 - Adv Beg / Intermediate 

Karen Callaway Williams


Saturday July 9, 4:45 - 6:15pm


Register online or call 646.230.9564

Tap City, Tap Competition 


Wednesday, July 6

6:30pm - 8:30pm


The Tap City Tap Competition is the first of its kind that specializes in the many diverse styles, modes, grooves, and musical time signatures of tap dance.


Because our interests lie in the advancement of this art form, we aim to further the perception and the presentation of Tap Dance in a comprehensive manner by demanding only excellence in execution, interpretation, musicality and choreography. Each participant will be critiqued by an expert panel of judges.


There are a couple more slots left! Hurry to register! 


Visit: Tap City - Tap Competition to register!


Summer Tap Camps for Kids!


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

ages 5-9 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!


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.