December 2011
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ATDF Youth Program Holiday Performance

Many thanks go to photographer Amanda Gentile


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/ Frances Bradley



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


4:30 - 5:45, Tap for the People Int/Adv Level

*Donation Based, $5 suggested



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


Classes will break December 20 - January 2nd. Classes will resume January 3rd.


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

Advanced Beginner Repertory for Adults


January 3 - March 20 Tuesdays, 7:30-8:45pm


$192/12 week session 


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


To register, contact Courtney at or call 646.230.9564.


Tap City 2012 


Sneak Preview with prices and preliminary schedule is available now!


Classes for youth (ages 9 - 14), teens (14 - 19) , & adults (15+).


Registration begins February 1st!


Sneak Preview  


Annual Appeal 


Rhythm is our business and your contribuation provides us with the community support necessary to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of our celebrated American dance form!


Your participation is critical for our ability to spread the joy of tap and pass it on to the next generation. Thank you for supporting our effort to deliver excellent and accessible tap education, presentation and preservation programs!


To make a tax-deductible donation with a credit card click here:


To make a tax-deductible donation with by check, please mail a check made payable to ATDF, to 154 Christopher St. #2B, New York, NY 10014 


Holiday Gifts 


Need a great gift to give a tap dancer this holiday season? Why not give the gift of tap dance!


Check out our shop for great shirts, DVDs, tap mats, shoe bags and more!


You can also purchase class cards by calling us at 646.230.9564.


Visit our online shop here: ATDF Shop 

Brenda Bufalino Classes


January 4, 11, 18 & 25

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Advanced Technique/Repertory 


$30/single class

$100/all 4 classes


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

(btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.)


Contact Courtney at with questions.



               photo: Lois Greenfield



Absolute Beginner Workshop for Adults


January 8, 15, 22, 29

Sundays, 11:00am - 12:00pm


Come learn your basics in a supportive, encouraging environment with other absolute beginners and be ready to join our ongoing adult program in February!


To register, contact Courtney at or call 646.230.9564.


Flamenco Dance for kids with La Magdalena!


January 7 - March 17

$275 for the 10-week session


Ages 11+, Saturdays 1:30-2:30

Ages 8-10, Saturdays 2:45-3:45 


Flamenco is a percussive dance form, originating in Spain, which uses the feet to make rhythms, and hands for clapping rhythms, all with a sense of style and drama!


To register, contact COurtney at or call 646.230.9564.



Winter Tap Intensive


February 18 & 19, 2012 

  • 2-Day Residencies with Brenda Bufalino & Jimmy Tate
  • Tap Technique & Repertory
  • Intensive for Tap Teachers, Teachers in Training and Choreographers
  • New Tap Choreography Showcase
  • Tap Jam
  • Tap Talks/Tap Films

Click here to register!

Save the Dates! 


Winter Tap Intensive:

February 18 & 19, 2012

Faculty: Brenda Bufalino & Jimmy Tate 


Junior Ensemble at Apollo:

February 22, 2012, 7:30pm


ATDF Spring Gala:

April 24, 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm


Tap City Youth Concert:

June 17, 2012, 6pm


Adult Student Showcase:

June 20, 2012, 8pm


Tap City:

July 6 - 13, 2012



Introduction to "Conversations in Tap Dance, with choreographers of the Tap Renaissance." 

The artists who built the first companies of tap dance that created choreography for the concert stage and how they made their dances. 
By Brenda Bufalino


In 1975 I had the privilege of producing and directing "Great Feats of Feet," the first documentary ever done on tap dance, featuring Honi Coles and The Copasetics. This documentary had a lot to do with bringing these dancers out of retirement and bringing rhythm tap dance to a new audience that thought this art form had died out altogether. And so a new era began for tap dance on the concert stage. There were a few of us who were fortunate enough to perform with and present these artists in concerts with our companies. And I was especially fortunate to be included in their presentations. As time past my mentor and partner Honi Coles died, followed by the rest of the members of this illustrious club.


To read more click here!



photos by Amanda Gentile


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.


Michela Marino-Lerman Tap Jams 

WHEN: Every Wednesday, 4:30 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, NYC

Don't forget, if you can't join live, you can watch live online at:

Co-produced by Smalls Jazz Club, Cobi Narita, and Michela Marino Lerman 


Ring In The Rhythm- A Jazz & Tap Holiday



WHEN: December 16 & 17: 7:30pm & 1December 18: 2:00pm
WHERE: The Dance Hall, Kittery, ME
Drika Overton and The Dance Hall present RING IN THE RHYTHM A JAZZ & TAP HOLIDAY with tap master BRENDA BUFALINO and mister tap JOSH HILBERMAN and The high energy young professionals from New Hampshire Ayan Imai-Hall and Demi Remick also featuring the world class PAUL ARSLANIAN TRIO: Paul Arslanian, pianist and composer George Kaye, bass Charlie Tokarz, reeds and flutes.

Drika Overton's dream has been to fill the Dance Hall with the joy and spirit of dance. Overton believes in the power of music and dance to ring in the joyful spirit of the holidays, with tap dance and jazz artists who have been staples of the Seacoast performing scene since 1990. Bufalino and Hilberman's unique voices blend the ages with their own choreographies and stories, inviting two powerful next generation dancers, Ayan Imai-Hall and Demi Remick, to share their vitality and unique vision. Comedy, rhythm, heartfelt holiday longings, and the brilliant original melodic and harmonic arrangements of the Paul Arslanian Trio--including selections from the Jazz Nutcracker-- make for three unforgettable shows!

American Tap Dance Foundation


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 Strategic Partnerships and Insights, Advertising Age 

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,  The 42nd Street Fund, the Tsunami Foundation - Anson and Debra Beard, Jr. and Family, the Heckscher Foundation for Children, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, and numerous individuals, friends and families.