September 2011

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Check out our photo galleries with new photos from Tap City, the Tap City Youth Concert, and MORE!

photos by Tony Waag & Debi Field



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


If you would like to register for classes, drop by and take care of it as well!





Wed. Sept. 7, 4:00 - 5:00 (Youth)

Wed. Sept. 7, 6:15 - 7:15 (Adults)

Sat. Sept. 10, 11:00 - 12:00 (Youth)

Sun. Sept. 11, 11:00 - 12:00 (Youth)


Please RSVP, space is limited:


For more info: email or call 646.230.9564


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(between Greenwich St. & Washington St.)


               photo: Lois Greenfield



Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition


Sunday, September 11, 2011

2:00 - 6:00pm


Looking for intermediate & advanced tap dancers who want the opportunity to work with professional choreographers to learn classic and contemporary tap repertory.


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.)


Pre-Registration required - see here for details on how to register


Contact Susan at with questions

Adult Program Drop-In Classes



6:15 - 7:15, Absolute Beginner w/ Toni Noblett


6:15-7:30, Beginner w/ Tony Waag


7:15 - 8:45, Intermediate w/ Michela Marino-Lerman



6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Lynn Schwab


6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Derick K. Grant


7:30 - 9:00, Intermediate/Advanced w/ Barbara Duffy



6:15 - 7:15, Absolute Beginner w/ Lisa La Touche



6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Courtney Runft


6:30 - 7:45, Advanced Beginner w/ Susan Hebach



12:00 - 1:30, Intermediate w/ Germaine Salsberg



5:15 - 6:30, Fast Beginner w/ Claudia Rahardjanoto


All classes are ongoing September 12 - June 17.


Fees: $16/single class, $56/4 class card, $112/8 class card

Brenda Bufalino Classes


September 14 - November 2 

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Advanced Technique/Repertory 


$30/single class

$200/8 classes


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.)


Contact Courtney at with questions.

Adult Adv. Beginner Repertory


September 13 - December 13 

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Advanced Beginner Repertory w/ Lynn Schwab 


$240/Fall Session


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.)


Contact Courtney at with questions to to register.

Tap Dance Comp/ography!

By Brenda Bufalino


In the days of vaudeville and musical movies there were few tap dance choreographers.  There were tap soloists, duos and trios who performed short routines.   These routines usually consisted of  three or four choruses of  'time steps' (repetitive steps of 6 bars that ended with  two bar fancy breaks)  to conclude in the final chorus with trick steps and hand getters like wings, trenches, over the tops, and other athletic steps.    These flash steps would be accentuated by the increased volume and intensity of the music, and were guaranteed a big applause.  And even to this day these gimmicks, tricks, and "applause getters" are used more than ever to amaze and impress, guaranteed to "get a hand."


This formula was considered one of the reasons for the demise of tap dance around l955.  The audience began to demand more than a standard entertainment, they wanted a more unusual, fulfilling and artistic experience from dance.   Modern Dance and the concert stage replaced the tap act of the vaudeville or musical theater stage. 


To read more click here:

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photos by Tony Waag


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, Jay Clayton and Connie Crothers in Concert!


Sunday    Sept. 18th     3pm
a celebration concert...Jay and Connie turn 70 this year!


Connie's Loft
475 Kent Avenue (bet. Division Ave, and S. 11th St), #410,
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
718 302-4377


Board of 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


Margaret Morrison - ATDF Education Advisor

Board of Directors 

Debbie Beard - ATDF Board Chair & Entrepreneur

Mercedes Ellington - Director/ Choreographer

Constance Valis Hill Ph.D. - Jazz Tap Historian

Pamela Koslow Hines - Producer

Nancy Kremsdorf - Tap Enthusiast

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


Honorary Board

Brenda Bufalino - ATDF Artistic Mentor

Hoagy B. Carmichael - Producer

the late Charles "Honi" Coles

the late Gregory Hines

the late Bobby Short 

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.