October 2013

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ATDF Youth & Adult Program class photos by Tony Waag

Fall Adult Program Drop-In Classes



6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Toni Noblett

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

7:30 - 8:30, Absolute Beginner w/ Michela Marino-Lerman



6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Lynn Schwab

6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Derick Grant



6:30 - 7:30, Absolute Beginner w/ Frances Bradley

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



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

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



5:15 - 6:30, Fast Beginner w/ Claudia Rahardjanoto



$9     New Students 1st Class

$18   Single Class

$80   5 Class Card

$140 10 Class Card

$180 15 Class Card



American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014


and pay before you come!



Brenda Bufalino Classes


Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

September 11 - October 16, 2013

November 13 - December 7, 2013

(No class Nov. 27)


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



$30/single class

$100/4 Classes


Classes held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher St. #2B

New York, NY 10014




Absolute Beginner Workshop  


Designed for adults who have never tap danced before and want to learn in a supportive, non-judgemental environment, the Absolute Beginner Workshops teach the basics in a consecutive, 6-week workshop. This class teaches the basics of tap dance and prepares the student for the Absolute Beginner Drop-In Classes!


$78 - 6 weeks


Fridays, 6:15 - 7:15

October 18 - November 22


To pre-register, call 646.230.9564 or email crunft@atdf.org.


Tap Talks / Tap Films  


The ATDF presents monthly Tap Talks/Tap Films presentations, panel discussions and special events to the tap community.


COST - $5, Hoofer and Professional Members get in FREE! 


October 25, 7:30 - 9:00pm


Kazu Kumagai

Meet tap dancer Kazu Kumagai from Japan and participate in an intimate conversation about tap dance from an international point of reference. Moderated by Tony Waag.


For more information on Tap Talks and future events, please visit: Tap Talks


Pre-Tap Trial Classes in October


Pre-Tap/Creative Rhythms is a class designed for 3 - 4 year olds. It's a fun, 45 minute class of rhythm, music, creative movement games and tap dance basics. 


Bring your dancer in to try it out FREE for the month of October!


Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15am w/ Courtney Runft


Classes are ongoing and you can register for the remainder of the year after a trial class!



RSVP: crunft@atdf.org 646.230.9564 





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! OPen to ages 3+


Classes have begun, but there are still openings in a few classes!


Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:00 - 11:00am


RSVP: shebach@atdf.org or 646.230.9564 



See the fall schedule here!






Advanced Level Technique & Repertory


Adv Technique

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

October 8: Nicholas Young

October 15: Michelle Dorrance

October 22: Michelle Dorrance

October 29: Nicholas Young    



Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm

October 5: TBD

October 12: Cartier Williams

October 19: Cartier Williams

October 26: TBD



$10 - single class

$50 - 5 class card

(Requires a $10 membership fee)




Membership Levels


NEW! Memberships! Check out all the great incentives you get for being a member! To purchase a membership, call 646.230.9564 or stop by our front desk.


Hoofer Membership - $10

$13/hr studio rental

FREE Tap Talks

10% all merchandise (excluding tap mats)


Professional Membership - $10

$10 Advanced Level Classes (Tues & Sat) 

$13/hr studio rental

FREE Tap Talks

10% all merchandise (excluding tap mats)


Fay Ray, a "Silverbelle", passed away September 14th


Fay Ray, one of the last members of the "Silverbelles", has passed on September 14th, three days after her 94th birthday, at Kateri Residence, NYC. Fay was a wonderful person, loved by all her colleages and the people who knew her. Born in 1919 in Natchitoches, Louisiana, she got her first bite of the show business bug in 1937 when she joined the Hennies Brothers Carnival in Shreveport, Louisiana. Also in the show was her later lifelong friend Carnell Lyons with his act "The Three Rags of Rhythm". Carnell took her as a tap student and taught her what he knew about tap, and soon after Fay had her own act together, dancing in the night clubs of Kansas City with Carnell's trio. When she left the carnival in 1938, she went to Detroit and was hired by the famous Leonard Reed to work at the "Club Zombie" and later at the "Club Congo". Around 1945 she came to New York City and got her first job through Mable Lee working with Mable and "Pops and Louie" at the "Club Sudan" in Harlem. She also worked with Louis Jordan, Count Basie and many others. In the 1960s she worked a lot with the dance groups of Lon Fontaine in California, Puerto Rico and Japan. In 1966 she went to Europe, following Carnell Lyons who has already been living there since the mid 1950s, and worked as a single song and dance act. In 1969 she teamed up with the famous musician and comedian Bert Howell ("Howell and Bowser") touring Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 1990 she joined the "Silverbelles", the legendary group of old time chorus girls founded by Bertye Lou Wood and Geraldine Kennedy, and who were the sensation of many festivals and other dance events. With the Silverbelles she appeared on the TV show "48 hours", worked several times at the Apollo Theater, and was honored with them at the University of Connecticut. In 2006 Heather Lyn MacDonald produced the great documentary "Been Rich All My Life" about the Silverbelles. In the same year Fay was also invited to teach and perform together with Karen Callaway Williams at the annual Tap City Festival which was great fun for all their students. Fay was a lovely person, an inspiration as a dancer and a character for everyone who met her. She's now together with her buddies from "the days" - Carnell, Buster, Harold, Leonard, Pete, Pearl, Rita, Cleo, Marion, Cholly, Bertye Lou, Ralph, Cookie and Brownie - having a ball. We will miss her very much!

-Kurt Albert

Someone Special Deserves Your Attention: YOU!


Cigna is proud to support The American Tap Dance Foundation.

You work hard to please people around you - your friends, your boss, your kids. It's time you did something nice for yourself. There are plenty of little things you can do to help celebrate the most special person in your life: you.

Do good. Feel good.


Among other things, doing something good for yourself can:

* Make you less stressed out

* Give you a more positive attitude

* Help you fight disease

* Strengthen your immune system

* Make you feel better about yourself

* Give you more energy


Make time for you.

Between deadlines, chores and to-do lists, it can be difficult to make time for yourself. But there is time - you just have to find it. Make a list of the top ten most time-consuming things you do each week. Then think about what things you can eliminate. What can you simplify? What can you ask someone else to do? You'd be surprised how, with a little effort, you can find more time to spend on you.


What to do for you.

* Treat yourself to 10 whole minutes of peace and quiet

* Take yourself on a date to your favorite restaurant

* Call an old friend to catch up

* Ask for what you want

* Do something creative that you enjoy

* Go to the library and check out a book you've been meaning to read

* Give yourself credit for doing something well.



Cigna is inspired by people just like you! If you have a story about how you use your unique strengths to help you achieve your full potential, we'd love to hear it. You can share your story by sending an email to BusinessCommunications@Cigna.com 

Tap City photos by Tony Waag


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, 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: www.smallsjazzclub.com

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


Tappin' n Talkin' at the HUB


WHEN: Sunday Oct 13, 6-8pm


WHERE: 139 Charles St @ Washington St, NYC


HOSTED BY: Laraine Goodman and AC Lincoln


Tappin' n Talkin'...Swing with your rhythms,

Say your thing...

Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks on drums

Robert Galinsky on Words

and much more...open floor and mic

Don't be shy


Tappers, Talkers... say your piece... by way of feet, words

bodies, heart and souls...bring your music, bring your rhythms


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



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