May 2012
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  Photos from the ATDF Gala by Amanda Gentile

Tap City 2012 


4-day Adult Residencies (15-adult)

Derick K. Grant, Max Pollak, Dianne Walker


4-Day Teacher Intensive (adults)

Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison & Susan Hebach


4-Day Youth Program (9-14)

Lisa La Touche, Nicholas Young


4-Day Pre-Professional Program (14-19)

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards


20 Master Classes (12-adult)

Lynn Schwab, Germaine Salsberg, Nicholas Young, Ryan Johnson, Cartier Williams, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Randy Skinner, Deborah Mitchell, Barbara Duffy, Karen Callaway Willaims, Derick K. Grant, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards & Michelle Dorrance


Registration is OPEN! Register today for early bird prices!




The Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship deadline has been extended until May 15! Get your applications in!


Thank you to all who made our 2012 Spring Gala a huge success! And a special thanks to our host

Tommy Tune!       


Adult Program Drop-In Classes



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


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


7:30 - 8:45, Advanced Beginner w/ Lisa La Touche  



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


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



6:15 - 7:15, Absolute Beginner w/ Frances Bradley


6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Barbara Duffy  



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 *May 4th ONLY

*Donation Based, $5 minimum

*Cash Only  



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


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


New to ATDF? Your first class is 1/2 price! $8 

Save the Date! 


Adult Student Showcase: 

June 20, 2012, 8pm

PS 3 Auditorium, NYC




Tap City!

Tap City 2012 events!


* Copasetic Boat Ride, July 9

* Tap City - Tap Challenge, July 10

* Tap Talks/Films/Awards, July 11

* Tap Future, July 12

* Tap It Out, July 13


For more information on each event, visit: Tap City events!


Absolute Beginner Workshop!


Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Taught by Michela Marino-Lerman


April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11


Come learn your basics in a supportive, encouraging environment with other absolute beginners! 



There are still a couple of spaces left!


Special prorate for remaining 5 weeks - $65


Tap City Youth Concert


Come see dancers ages 5 -19 tap up a storm with a live jazz trio. This performance showcases the ATDF's ongoing Youth Education Program highlighting young rhythm makers, advanced teens from the dynamic Tap City Youth Ensemble and special guest artists!


June 17, 2012, 6pm

Tribeca PAC, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St.


Tickets: TCYC Tickets!



Tap For the People!


Friday, May 4th

4:30 - 5:45pm with Lisa La Touche

Donation Based class, $5 minimum donation




A small but mighty fun and high energy class, current "Stomp" cast member LISA LaTOUCHE brings an affordable advanced tap class, jam and choreography session to the people!
Start your weekend on the good foot! Where else can you have this much fun for a minimum donation of $5?!




photos of ATDF Gala 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.


Dorrance Dance in Boston!

WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:00 PM
WHERE: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington, MA
Tickets: or box office @ 781.646.4849



Featuring a world renowned cast of extraordinary rhythm-makers: Megan Bartula, Chris Broughton, Elizabeth Burke, Ryan Casey, Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, Carson Murphy, Mishay Petronelli, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Demi Remick, Tamii Sakurai, Elena Steponaitis, Caleb Teicher, and Nicholas Young... with special guests the Legacy Dance Company and local Boston tap celebrities.


Workshops May 5 & 6 at the Dance Inn. See above link for more details!

Where Tap And Flamenco Meet: La Rumba Cubana and Flamenco with Max Pollak, Jose Moreno and Guests 


WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 4:30 pm at


WHERE: Flamenco Latino, 244 W 54th St, 4th Fl. (B'way-8th Ave)

Info: 212-399-8519
Theater opens 4:00 pm

$50 VIP (includes reserved seat and post-performance reception)
$15 general admission advance purchase
$17 general admission at the door
$10 seniors, $5 children

Big ideas by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes

Featuring: Max Pollak, tap dance
Jose Moreno, flamenco dance, percussion

With: Olyda, Tatiana Green, dance, Mike Santiago, percussion, Mark Holen, percussion & Flamenco Ensemble members


Max Pollak, named one of "25 to Watch in 2007" by Dance Magazine, was the first person to merge American Rhythm Tap with authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance. Capturing the charged electricity and power of a Latin jazz Orquesta," RumbaTap features a multi-talented international cast of musicians and dancers and has toured throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States; recently performing to a capacity crowd at New York City's Central Park Summer Stage.

Pollak has published articles on tap dance in several international publications including Dance Magazine; has recorded with the Cyro Baptista, Paul Carlon Octet, Grupo Los Santos, TrioNada, and members of the Tito Puente Orchestra; has appeared in films and documentaries including the critically claimed Como Se Forma Una Rumba with some of Cuba's most prestigious salsa musicians; and was the tap coach for lead actor Pablo Veron on the Sally Potter film The Tango Lesson.

Today Pollak is recognized worldwide as the creator of "RumbaTap" and is a 2008 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography.




National Tap Dance Day Celebration!

WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 6PM


WHERE: Norman Thomas High School, 111 E. 33rd St., NYC


2012 FloBert Honorees: Heather Cornell, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Ben Vereen 



North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, sponsored by The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE)

WHEN: June 8 - 10, 2012

WHERE: The Ballet School of CHapel Hill, 1603 E. Franklin St., Chapel HIll, NC 27514


Fesitval Artists: Michelle Dorrance, Yvette Glover, Derick K. Grant, Josh Hilberman, Gene Medler, Dianne Walker, Nicholas Young


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 


American Tap Dance Foundation


Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director

Hjordis Linn-Blanford - ATDF Administrative Director

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


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



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