September 2012
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Note from ATDF Artistic Director, Tony Waag


Hello everyone, The last couple of years around here have been just amazing and all of it is thanks to a growing army of devoted friends, families, staff, board members, volunteers and supporters. I've been reflecting this summer on what we've been doing here at the American Tap Dance Foundation, and I find myself realizing that SO much has been going on that we haven't really had a chance to acknowledge many of our recent accomplishments. After moving into our new home, the American Tap Dance Center, hundreds of classes and events that have occurred now just seem like a blur. Special Master Classes, Intensives, Film Presentations, Student Showcases, Concert Performances, School Shows and special appearances by both the Tap City Youth Ensemble and the newly formed Tap City Junior Ensemble, not to mention Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival with its week-long Residencies, the crazy and fun Copasetic Boat Ride, the Awards, and Tap It Out! Wow! We've been VERY busy, and VERY successful at providing our students with well-planned educational programs that continue to inspire and encourage dancers to strut their stuff with confidence and joy. We also have the best of the best tap dance professionals involved in our programming and we provide them with work and studio space to create and rehearse. And, along the way, we've presented numerous productions and events that continue to increase general awareness as we celebrate this amazing American art form we call TAP DANCE.

So I'm asking everyone now, today, to just stop for a moment and take a look at both our YouTube page and our photo gallery where I've been busy updating for EVERYONE'S enjoyment and reflection. Let's not forget what has happened here. Our community has come together and shared some rather remarkable events and everyone has obviously had a great time together. The proof is in these amazing faces and in the energy that emanates from all the participants in these beautiful photos and videos.


Here are the links you should visit:


ATDF Photo Gallery


  Photos from Tap Camp 2012 by Tony Waag

Fall Adult Classes 


September 17 - December 20 



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

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



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

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



Absolute Beginner, 6:30 - 7:30 w/ Frances Bradley

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



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

Advanced Beginner, 6:15 - 7:30 w/ Susan Hebach



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


New student class: $8

Single class: $16

4-class card: $56

8-class card: $112


Classes are on a drop-in basis, no need to pre-register. New students should arrive 20-25 minutes early to register, get shoes and avoid the line!


Classes held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014

Advanced Beginning Repertory


Learn both classic and contemporary tap repertory geared to Advanced Beginning level students, in three separate fun and supportive Sessions.


1st session w/ Lynn Schwab 

September 18 - December 18


 Tuesdays, 7:30-8:45pm


14 week session - $224


Students must register for the entire 14 weeks session.


Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition


Sunday, September 16, 1:00-5:00pm


Open to Intermediate/Advanced dancers ages 12 - 17 for the 2012 - 2013 season


All dancers who plan to audition MUST pre-register for the audition via email.


For detailed information and how to register visit: Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition Info

For more information contact Susan Hebach at (646) 230-9564,


Absolute Beginner Workshops


Designed especially to give new students a chance to learn the basic steps and vocabulary of tap dance, this class is a great way to learn the FUNdamental skills!


September 17 - October 22

Mondays 7:30 - 8:30pm w/ Michela Marino Lerman


October 12 - November 16

Fridays 6:15 - 7:15pm w/ Courtney Runft


6 week workshop - $78

single class - $16


Brenda Bufalino Classes


Advanced Technique and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory 


Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm


September 12 - October 31


Single Class - $30

4-class Card - $100

8-class Card - $200

2012 -2013 Registration


ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Registration is open. Contact Courtney at or 646-230-9564 to register! Class sizes are limited, so enroll now to ensure your dancer has a place in class.


For 2012 - 2013 class schedule, click here: CLASS SCHEDULE

Fall Open Houses


Come see the studios, meet the faculty and take a free, short sample class. Open Houses are a great way to receive an introduction to tap. Ages 3 1/2 + are welcome to attend!


Thursdays, Sept 6 & 13, 2012 4-5pm


Monday, Sept 10, 2012 4-5pm


Saturday, Sept 15, 2012 11am-12pm


Sunday, Sept 16, 2012 11am-12pm


American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014

Tap Attacks 


Check out mini performances by our Tap City Youth Ensemble and Tap City Junior Ensemble from 12noon - 1:00pm


Saturday, Sept 15: Bleecker Playground

Saturday, Sept 22: Foley Square

Saturday, Sept 29: Bleecker Playground  


photos of Tap City Youth Concert by Julie Lemberger


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 


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 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, Cigna, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families.



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