May 2013

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  Rhythm Is Our Business photos by Amanda Gentile

Dear Friend, 


To better serve our diverse audiences, the American Tap SurveyDance Foundation is in the process of evaluating its programs.


Please help us chart our future by taking a brief survey, approximately 3 minutes, sharing some general information about yourself and your connection to ATDF.  Your responses will remain anonymous and all information is collected in the aggregate.


To start the survey please click HERE!        


We look forward to hearing from you!


Tony Waag

Artistic/Executive Director

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 






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:

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

Current 8 week workshop:
April 17 - June 5

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00

Drop-ins welcome

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

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


Save the Dates  


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 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 


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)


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:


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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