December 2012
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  Photos of 2011 Holiday Show by Amanda Gentile

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! 



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!


December 10 - 17 & January 7 - 28


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


single class - $16

6 week workshop - $78

ATDF Holiday Performance


Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with Tap Dance! Students from the ATDF Youth and Adult Programs come together for an evening of holiday music and dancing. 


Date/Time: Sunday, December 9th, 6pm



Lab/Museum School

333 W. 17th St.

between 8th & 9th Ave.


Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids; avaiable at ATDF or by calling 646-230-9564



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 Curated by: Tony Waag


Tickets available the week of Dec. 10th



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


The Theater at the 14th Street Y


Directed by: Derick K. Grant


Tickets available the week of Dec. 10th



New Holiday Items & Sale!


All products, excluding bamboo roll-up Tap Mats & new charms, 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 new charms! (Sold onsite only) 


Check out our ONLINE STORE! 

Collaboration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center


The American Tap Dance Foundation is excited to be embarking on a new collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center through the Middle School Jazz Academy and the Tap City Youth Ensemble joining forces.  By bringing talented young musicians and dancers together to share their musical and rhythmic ideas and explore jazz culture, they will inform, inspire and expand the horizons of each other as developing young artists.

Winter Adult Classes 


September 17 - December 20 


*New student in Absolute Beginner class is free first time for the month of December!



*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

**Dec. 9 - class time is adjusted to 4:30 - 5:45pm


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 Dec. 22 - Jan. 1


Classes held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014


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



Featured performers include: The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (Chapel Hill, NC), The Legacy Dancers (Lexington, MA), Capitol Tap (Washington, DC), and The Tap City Youth Ensemble (New York City). More to come!


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!


Performance at Peter Norton Symphony Space, February 16 at 7:30pm.


Tickets available here!


Tap City Preview


Check out what's happening at Tap City on July 6-13, 2013!


Master Classes (ages 12+)

4-Day Adult Residencies (ages 15+)

Pre-Professional Program (ages 14-19)

Youth Program (ages 9-15)

Tap It Out (all ages!)

Tap Jam

Tap Internationals

Tap Future

Copasetic Boat Ride

Tap Awards


Registration begins in January!


Check out our Sneak Preview!


Save the Dates  

Holiday Showcase: December 9, 2012

Rockin' In Rhythm: February 15 - 18, 2013

Rhythm Is Our Business: March 19 - 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 


A Comical Night of Song and Dance

WHEN: December 12, 2012 - 11:30pm


WHERE: Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St. between 5th & 6th Ave., NYC



New York City's Most Sought After Duo, DeWitt Fleming Jr. and Jared Grimes, bring you A Comical Night of Song and Dance.

Aaron Marcellus Presents: Love's Holiday

WHEN: December 16, 2012 - 7:30pm


WHERE: Duane Park, 157 Duane St., NYC




An Evening of Musical Wonder * Sponsored by Duane Park

Live Music featuring: Soul * Jazz * World Sounds * Spoken Word * Dance * Body Percussion * And More


The premiere event in NYC this holiday season. A one-of-a-kind multifaceted live show presented by 2012 American Idol Finalist Aaron Marcellus. Everyone welcome. Come hear the magic of this holiday season.

Ring Dem Bells


Annual Holiday Part and Fundraiser for the Duke Ellington Orchestra Programs


Monday, December 10: 6 - 9pm at Landmark on the Park


For more information and tickets please visit: The Duke Ellington Center

Inclinando Hacia La Luz La Natividad en Jazz - The Jazz Nativity in Spanish

WHEN: December 21, 7:30pm


WHERE: BB Kings, 237 W. 42nd St. NYC


TICKETS: 212-997-4144



Trombonist Steve Turre

Dancer Max Pollak

Trumpeter Ray Vega

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 

Tony Waag - ATD Artistic/Executive Director

Debra Beard - ATDF Board Chair

Mercedes Ellington

Davd and Susan Guilmette

Constance Valis Hill Ph.D.

Pamela Koslow Hines

Nancy Kremsdorf

Erica Marks Panush

Cynthia J. Roush

Lisa M. Scotto

Randy Skinner

Kim Thacker 


Emeritus Board

Brenda Bufalino

Hoagy B. Carmichael

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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