August 2013

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  Tap It Out 2013 photos by Debi Field

Open Houses


Need a place to make noise? Put your feet to the beat! Come check out our studios, meet the faculty & take a sample class!


Saturday, Sept. 7, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Sunday, Sept. 15, 12:00 - 1:00pm 


RSVP: or 646.230.9564 


First day of Youth Program Classes is September 14. See the fall schedule here!




Summer Adult Classes   

July 15 - September 4 



Beginner, 6:15 - 7:30 w/

Toni Noblett 

Fast Beginner, 6:15 - 7:30 w/ Tony Waag



Fast Beginner, 6:15 - 7:30 w/ Courtney Runft

Advanced Beginner, 6:15 - 7:30 w/ Susan Hebach



Absolute Beginner,  6:30 - 7:30 w/ Claudia Rahardjanoto

Beginner, 6:30 - 7:45 w/ Barbara Duffy



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


The extended fall schedule will begin Monday, September 9. For full schedule and details, please visit: Adult Program Classes.

Intermediate / Advanced Level Technique &Repertory


Int/Adv Technique

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm


Int/Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm



$10 - single class

$50 - 5 class card

(Requires a $10 membership fee)




Tap Talks / Tap Films  


The ATDF presents monthly Tap Talks/Tap Films presentations, panel discussions and special events to the tap community. Tap dancers, historians, teachers, writers and choreographers:


* Examine the birth of the form and its practice in films, television, on the Broadway and concert stages throughout the world.


* View archival footage or introduce new film projects or documentaries.


* Present their work, decribe their choreographic process or lead open discussions regarding current issues within the art form.


$5 donation accepted - (Members get in FREE)


September 27, 8:00 - 10:00pm




A 2012-13 "Recap" and a look forward to future ATDF Programs and Events hosted by Artistic Director Tony Waag. Hand selected footage from recent productions and events produced by the ATDF will be viewed, and 2013-14 programs will be introduced. Cookies and refreshments will be served.


Choreography Workshop with Guillem Alonso 


Intermediate/Advanced Level


Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Cost: $30/1 day or $50/2 days
GUILLEM ALONSO performs Asturias
To Register: Email Courtney at or call 646.230.9564

Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition


Sunday, September 15


Audition Schedule


TCYE III Int tappers, ages 11 - 16

1:30-2:00    check in

2:00-3:15    audition


TCYE I & II Adv tappers, ages 14-17

2:30-3:15    check in  

3:30-5:00    audition


To Register for Audition

Please go here and fill out the requested information and email it to Susan at

Tap Camp


ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.


Students will have a chance to explore tap dance, history, arts & crafts and other percussive dance forms.


WHEN: August 12 - 16, 2013, 9:30am - 2:00pm

WHERE: ATDC, 154 Christopher St.

COST: $495


For questions or to register: Call 646.230.9564 or email Courtney at



Brenda Bufalino Classes


Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

September 11 - October 16, 2013


Brenda Bufalino teaches an intermediate/advanced level workshop of technique and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory.


Classes held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014




Tap Addicts Anonymous


Tap Addicts Anonymous is a brand new tap dance ensemble for adults (fast beginners- advanced beginners) created by the American Tap Dance Foundation.

TAA will provide new opportunities for "seasoned" adult hoofers to work with renowned tap dance instructors & choreographers that are currently teaching at the American Tap Dance Center. The company will provide occasional performance opportunities throughout the year and will make its debut performance at the next ATDF Holiday Concert in December of 2013.



Fall Session (Sept 10 - Dec 20)
Beginning Repertory

Fridays, 6:15 - 7:45pm

Taught by Rotating Staff
Cost: $224 (14 classes)

Advanced Beginning Repertory

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

Taught by Lynn Schwab

Cost: $240 (15 classes)


To register: Call 646.230.9564 or email Courtney at,


Master Classes with Guillem Alonso


Advanced Beginning Tap Class
Thursday, August 22, 6:15 - 7:30pm
Location: ATDC, 154 Christopher St.
Cost: $18, year round class cards are accepted                 
Open Level Sand Dance Class
Saturday, August 24, 11:00 - 12:30pm
Check in at ATDC: 10:15am
Location: TBA - Outdoors!
Cost: $20
Note: Please wear a hard/leather soled oxford shoe - no tap shoes!  
To register: Call 646.230.9564 or email Courtney at

Smile. Exercise Makes You Happier


Cigna is proud to support The American Tap Dance Foundation.


You may already know that exercise gives you strong muscles and a healthier heart. But did you know it can also make you a happier person? Yup, exercise can make you feel better about yourself, less worried about your problems and more in control of your life. Now that's something to be happy about.

Happy at home. Happy at work.

Work exercise into your daily routine - wherever you are.


At home:

* Mow the lawn or do other work around the

* Vacuum, mop or do other fast-paced housework

* Play tag with your kids

* Take the dog for a walk


At work:

* Walk or bike to work

* Park far away to add more steps to your day

* Have a "walking meeting"

* Stretch while you're at your desk

* Focus on your posture to improve your core strength


Stay safe. Stay happy.

Exercise is important. So is making sure you have a safe workout. Here's how to keep things safe:

1. Warm up. Try walking or stretching for five minutes.

2. Get moving. Get your heart pumping with some cardio, like walking, jogging or swimming.

3. Cool down. Slow down your heart rate with five minutes of walking or stretching.


Are you exercising at the right pace?

How do you know if you're exercising too fast, too slow or just right? Follow this simple rule of thumb:

* Too fast: You can't talk at all.

* Too slow: You can easily have a conversation.

* Just right: You can give one- or two-word answers if someone asks you a question.


Always consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program.


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Tap City Youth Concert 2013 photos by Wallace Flores


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, 6:00 - 8:45pm

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 


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, Cigna, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families.



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