April 2013

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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!


April 12 - May 17

Fridays 6:15 - 7:15pm w/ Michela Marino Lerman


single class - $16

6 week workshop - $78


ATDF Spring Gala




Ana Gasteyer

 Honorary Celebrity Hostess!


Reception, Show & Silent/Live Auction


Featuring guest appearances by Brenda Bufalino, Debi Field, Felipe Galganni, Susan Hebach, Kazu Kumagai, Toni Noblett, Max Pollak, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Randy Skinner, Jason Samuels Smith, Tony Waag, Cartier Williams, and other tap luminaries. Members of the Tap City Youth Ensemble, the Tap City Junior Ensemble, and ATDF Youth Program Students will also perform. Theo Hill will accompany on piano.



All proceeds benefit the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30-9pm


WHERE: Peter Norton Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., NYC


TICKETS: $125 - $1,000


To purchase tickets: Visit NY CHARITIES

Buster Brown's Centennial Celebration! 


On May 17, 2013, Buster Brown would have been 100 years of age. We gather to celebrate his soaring spirit of love and generosity and the artful mastery of his chosen means of expression...tap dance.


WHEN: May 17 - 19, 2013 

WHAT: Classes, Performance/Jam, Film, Panel Discussion 


 Click here for more info and to register 






Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration


The Tap City Youth Ensemble and the Middle School Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center will collaborate to celebrate Duke Ellington's Birthday!


WHEN: Sunday, April 28 1:00 - 3:00pm


WHERE: Duke Ellington Circle, 110th St. & 5th Ave, NYC


For more info:


Spring Adult Classes   



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


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: $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

Brenda Bufalino Classes  

Technique/ATDO Repertory for Int/Adv dancers

Next 8 week workshop:
April 17 - June 5

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00

Drop-ins welcome

Single Class: $30
4-class card: $100
8- class card: $200

Classed held at:
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher St. #2B
New York, NY 10014 


Tap City Registration is OPEN!


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


Register Here!




Youth Program Open Houses


Does your child need a place to make noise? Have them put their feet to the beat in one of our open houses! It's a great way to get an introduction to tap dance, see a demonstration by other young dancers and meet our faculty!


Spring dates:

Saturday, May 4        4:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, May 15   4:30 - 5:30

Wednesday, May 22   4:30 - 5:30


Please RSVP to: shebach@atdf.org

Save the Dates  


ATDF Spring Gala: April 9

Buster Brown Centennial Celebration: May 17 - 19 

ATDF Adult Showcase: June 8

Tap City Youth Concert: June 22

Tap City: July 6 - 13

Tap Camp: August 12 - 16


Rhythm In Motion photos 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 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 


Annual Tap Extravaganza - Queens

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8pm 


WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing NY


TICKETS: $20/$15 Members/$10 Students w/ ID: 718.463.7700, ext 222



Bring your tap shoes and join the tap jam!


Featured artists: Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Omar Edwards, Baakari Wilder, Michelle Dorrance, Andrew Nemr, Michela Marino-Lerman (Dance Captain), Frank Owens (Musica Director), Traci Mann & Al Heyward (Producers)


Magnolia March

 On April 27, Musicians and artists will honor victims of violence with a New Orleans-style "Magnolia March" funeral procession.



Date:                                      April 27, 2013

Time:                                     1:00pm ET


Assembly Point:               South Plaza, Lincoln Center (Near Damrosch Park)

Parade Route:                   Lincoln Center to Columbus Circle; 57th St. to Carnegie Hall; enter Central Park @7th Ave; exit @ 67th St; Return to Lincoln Center


Organizer:                           Max Pollak

Media Contact:                 Jessica Wilt

Email:                                    magnoliamarchevent@gmail.com

Website:                              www.MagnoliaMarch.com

Facebook:                           Magnolia March

Twitter:                                @MagnoliaMarch


Tribe Body's "Annual Tap Dance Festival"

When: May 10 - May 12



Where: Tribe Body | 25 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446


Faculty: Cartier Williams (director), Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Jason Janas


Level: Intermediate and Advanced ages 12+


Cost: $295 per student and includes: personalized instruction from master tap teacher; 12 tap classes to attend; tickets to special performance by tap dance masters; and lots of fun!


More info: www.tribebody.com


Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival

When: June 27 - 30, 2013


Where: The Dance Hall: 7 Walker Street, Kittery Maine


Featuring: Brenda Bufalino, Lisa La Touche, Jay Clayton, Paul Arslanian, Namory Keita


More info: www.percussivedancefestival.com


News from the Rockettes!



More info: http://www.radiocity.com/AuditionTour.html


27th Performance Mix Festival


When: Sunday, April 14th, 3pm


Where: The Flea Theater, 41 White Street in Tribeca


Jane Goldberg hosts and dances a bit in Rhythm'N Schmooze featuring works by Roxanne Butterfly, Cheryl Johnson, and Michela Lerman.


Following performance- Closing Party at NDA Loft, 182 Duane Street: Tapas Espaņolas, Sangria, splash of flamenco performed by La Meira and annual Silent Auction


Price: $30 for show, $60 for show and after party 


For more info: www.newdancealliance.org

For Tickets: www.theflea.org

American Tap Dance Foundation


Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director

Susan Hebach - ATDF Youth Program/TCYE Director

Courtney Runft - ATDF Education Associate/Registrar


Margaret Morrison - ATDF Education Advisor  

Mark Kellogg - Design

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: 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 Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, Cigna, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families.



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