November 2012
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  Photos by Debi Field

 A Note from the Executive Director


Dear friends,


We hope this belated November issue of the Tap Times Newsletter finds you well, warm and recovered from a very crazy week (at least for those of us on the East coast).


Boy are we lucky that the American Tap Dance Center had no real significant damage, and we are now back in business and also counting our blessings. If you are still without power, our hearts are with you and we hope that you too can recover soon, and we look forward to seeing you in class or at our next event.


Meanwhile, the show must go on! So, as we continue to grow and maintain our youth and adult education programs, I'd like to point out that we have numerous new events and concerts coming up and planned for 2013 that are simply "must see" productions. Join us for "Rockin' in Rhythm" which features top tap dancing youth ensembles from across the country on February 16, "Rhythm is Our Business," directed by our very own Derick K. Grant, March 19-21 and ATDF Artists in Residence performing new work in "Rhythm in Motion" March 22-24. Stay tuned for detailed information and thanks again for your ongoing support and participation.


Be well,


Tony Waag

Artistic/Executive Director

Annual Appeal


What we accomplish with our small devoted staff, faculty, board and a growing community of dedicated students, parents, supporters and audience is stunning. As we continue to grow our youth and adult education programs, we have even more planned for this season by presenting a number of premiere concert performances. 



Thank you in advance for contributing at the highest level you can, so that we can continue to spread the many joys and benefits of our American musical dance form together!


You can contribute directly through NY Charities by clicking here! 



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, 6:30 - 7:45 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!


NO CLASSES Nov. 22 - 25


Classes held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014



Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21, 7:00 & 9:30pm


The Theater at the 14th Street Y


Directed by: Derick K. Grant


Tickets available November 15th!


AUDITION (non-union)


New tap dance production RHYTHM IS OUR BUSINESS produced by Tony Waag & the American Tap Dance Foundation and directed by Derick K. Grant.


Production in New York City: 6 Shows- March 18 - 21, 2013


Rehearsals (tba): December - March


Seeking Female Dancers:any ethnicity, ages 18-30 with some TAP experience. Singing experience also a plus.


Date/Time: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Check in: 5:15pm

Audition: 6:00pm



American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B

(Between Greenwich & Washington St.)

Holiday Sale!


All products, excluding bamboo rool-up Tap Mats, are 10% off today - December 20th!


To ensure delivery before the holidays, place your order by December 12th.


T-Shirts, DVDs, tap shoe bags, etc...


Check out our ONLINE STORE! 

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!


November 12 - December 3


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


single class - $16

4 week workshop - $50

Brenda Bufalino Classes


Advanced Technique and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory 


Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm


November 7 - December 5

(No Class November 21)


Single Class - $30

4-class Card - $100


February 15 - 18, 2013


The Rockin' in Rhythm Teen Tap Intensive brings together dynamic and diverse youth ensembles from across the country to perform their best works on a New York City stage, and then hit & swing on our American Tap Dance Center floors to learn new rhythms and moves with their contemporaries in master classes.


The weekend intensive includes:

Performance Opportunity

Tap Jam

Master Classes

Cutting Contest



Groups must apply and space is limited!

Check out ROCKIN' IN RHYTHM for more information. 


Register by January 7th and your ensemble's name will be listed on the shirt!



Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23, 7:00 & 9:30pm


Sunday, March 24, 3pm


The Theater at the 14th Street Y


An evening of new work by New York City's Finest tappers & choreographers!


Directed and Currated by: Tony Waag


Tickets available November 15!



Holiday Showcase: December 8 or 9, 2012


Rockin' In Rhythm: February 15 - 18, 2013


Rhythm Is Our Business: March 18 - 21, 2013


Rhythm in Motion: March 22 - 24, 2013


ATDF Spring Gala: April 9, 2013


ATDF Adult Showcase: June 8, 2013


Tap City Youth Concert: June 22, 2013


Tap City: July 6 - 13, 2013


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, 5:30 - 8:30pm

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 


Cotton Club Parade

WHEN: November 14 - 18, 2012


WHERE: New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.


COST: $29 - $129, available here 

Cotton Club Parade is a celebration of Duke Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s, when the joint was jumping with revues featuring big band swing and blues, dancers, singers, and novelty acts. Packed with hits from some of the greatest jazz composers of the time-including Harold Arlen, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, and Ellington himself-this production re-imagines a Cotton Club floor show right here on the City Center stage.

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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