January 2012
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  Photos of Tap CIty 2012 by Debi Field

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!


January 3 - February 8

Fridays 6:15 - 7:15pm w/ Frances Bradley


February 4 - March 18


single class - $16

6 week workshop - $78


February 16 - 17, 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: 

Capitol Tap of Washington, Potoma, MD

Legacy Dancers, Lexington, MA

Lukec Tap Team, Slovenia, Europa

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, DC

Monroe Dance Academy, Monroe, CT

New Jersey Tap Ensemble, NJ

North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, NC

Tap City Youth Ensemble, NYC

Tapology, Flint, MI


Groups must apply and space is limited!

Check out ROCKIN' IN RHYTHM for more information. 


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


Tickets available here!



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 Yorks finest tap dancers and choreographers including: Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Kazu Kumagai, Max Pollak, Lynn Schwab, the Tap City Youth Ensemble & Cartier Williams.


Directed and Curated by: Tony Waag


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!


New Collaboration


The American Tap Dance Foundation is excited to embark on a new collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy and the Tap City Youth Ensemble join forces to bring 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   



Absolute Beginner, 6:15 - 7:!5 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


As of February 1 prices will be:

New Student Class: $8

Single Class: $18

5 class card: $80

10 class card: $140

15 class card: $180


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

6:15 - 7:30 w/ Tony Waag

We need your help!


We have created this online fundraising campaign and we need your help!


It's a NEW year and we have NEW projects. March 19 - 24, 2013 the ATDF has TWO opportunities to engage, hire and collaborate with a number of dancers, vocalists and musicians where we will be presenting TWO different productions at the Theater at the 14th Street Y


Rhythm is Our Business

March 19-21, 2013


Rhythm in Motion

March 22-24, 2013


Your support will be used to compensate all performance and rehearsal fees associated with these productions. 


See our campaign and donate here!




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


The Theater at the 14th Street Y



 Ali Bradley, Khalid Hill, Jason Janas, Andrew Nemr, Hank Smith and others!



The Duke Ellington Center Band


directed and choreographed by

Derick K. Grant


additional choreography by

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Joseph Wiggan


musical direction by

Frank Owens



Tickets available here!  




The American Tap Dance Foundation wants you to LIKE our new Facebook page! Our old page won't be around much longer.


Stay in the loop about what's going on with us! Our page will be frequently updated with new content and videos of classes and rehearsals in action! 


You won't want to miss our excitement!!   



Save the Dates  


Rockin' In Rhythm: February 16 - 17

Rhythm Is Our Business: March 19 - 21

Rhythm in Motion: March 22 - 24

ATDF Spring Gala: April 9

ATDF Adult Showcase: June 8

Tap City Youth Concert: June 22

Tap City: July 6 - 13


Photos of Tap It Out 2012 by Dariel R. Sneed


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 crunft@atdf.org 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: www.smallsjazzclub.com

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



WHEN: January 10 - 13, 2013

WHERE: The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., NYC


COST: $20 - $125

MORE INFO / TICKETS: http://horsesmouth.org/?page_id=680


More than 30 male dancers, spanning genres and generations,will perform original choreography and share extraordinary personal stories with the audiencein this limited engagement, honoring Ted Shawn and his company,The Men Dancers, who founded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 80 years ago.



Dorrance Dance presents SOUNDspace 

WHEN: January 17 - 19, 2013, 8pm

WHERE: St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery 


COST: $18


TICKETS / MORE INFO: http://danspaceproject.org/calendarandtickets/detail.php?id=202 


Michelle Dorrance creates a rhythm tap piece titled SOUNDspace in direct response to the sonic possibilities of St. Mark's Church. She explores the unique acoustics of St. Mark's sanctuary, examines movement as music, and pushes the boundaries of contemporary tap technique. This Danspace Project premiere is Dorrance's first evening-length work.


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

David 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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