November 2013

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Winter Tap Intensive 2010 photos by Tony Waag

Winter Tap Intensive



February 14 - 16, 2013


2 day Residencies (Sat & Sun)

  • Beginner w/ Lisa La Touche
  • Fast Beginner w/ Max Pollak
  • Adv Beginner w/ Tony Waag
  • Int/Adv w/ Barbara Duffy

Master Class (Fri)

  • Open Level: Gregory Hines material w/ Barbara Duffy

Tap Talks (Fri)

  • Happy Birthday Gregory: A film celebration in memory of Gregory Hines

Tap Jam (Sat)

  • Live music and tap dancing hosted by Michela Marino Lerman

Click here for more information!



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!



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! 


November 22, 7:30 - 9:00pm


Let's Talk!

(Round Table Discussion/Think Tank)

A lively, candid and dynamic laboratory for tap dancers, students, historians, teachers, and choreographers to meet and "TALK" about Audiences! Who is our audience? What do they need? Where can we find tomorrows audience today? Dance studios, commercial projects, on-line? What currently drives the ticket-buyer? and does that need to change and/or grow?


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



Tap City 2014


Check out what's in store for Tap City this year! July 6 - 12, 2014.


Sneak Preview schedules are on the web now and registration will begin in January!

  • 4 day residencies for kids, teens & adults (ages 9+)
  • Master Classes
  • Tap & Song Professional Show
  • Tap Future
  • Tap It Out
  • Tap Awards
  • Copasetic Boat Ride

Check it out here!



Brenda Bufalino Classes


Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

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




Advanced Level Technique & Repertory


Adv Technique

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

November 5: Nicholas Young

November 12: Lisa La Touche

November 19: Lisa La Touche

Novembe 26: Lisa La Touche    



Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm

November 2: Michela Marino Lerman

November 9: Max Pollak

November 16: Max Pollak

Novembe 23: Max Pollak



$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)


Exercise Your Way to a Longer Life 


Cigna is proud to support The American Tap Dance Foundation.


Did you know?

Scientific evidence* shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from many leading causes of death, including heart disease and some cancers. This is remarkable for two reasons:

  1. Only a handful of lifestyle choices have as big an impact on your health as physical activity. In fact, active people who exercise for just under seven hours a week have a 40% lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.
  2. You don't have to exercise vigorously to reduce your risk of premature death. You can lower your risk significantly by engaging in just two hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Don't wait. Now's the time to step up your exercise routine. Do it for yourself. Do it for your health. Do it for life.


*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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  

Tap It Out 2013 photos by Debi Field


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 


Memorial Service for Tap Dance and Silver Belle Fay Ray




WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2:30pm


WHERE: Service and Repast at the Cotton Club: 655 W. 125th St., NYC

(212) 663-7980






International Body Music Festival 


WHEN: November 5 - 10, 2013


WHERE: San Francisco Bay Area




The International Body Music Festival was founded by Artistic Director Keith Terry and Assistant Director Evie Ladin, and is a project of Crosspulse, an Oakland-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance, recording and education of cross-cultural rhythmic arts. The IBMF is produced in the San Francisco Bay Area every two years, and by our international partners in the interim years.

The IBMF features contemporary and traditional Body Music presented in Concerts, Workshops, Teacher Trainings, Lecture-Demonstration, Body Music Open-Mic, Family Matinee, and in-school Assembly Programs. 

Tap or Die Film Screening 


WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:50pm


WHERE: Big Apple Film Festival: Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., NYC


MORE INFO: Tap Or Die 



What does it take to revitalize what was once the king of the stage, the step of the times, the passion of a nation divided by race and class? Tap or Die is an intimate look at the history of this art form and the struggle to make it an international sensation once more. Directed by Jackie Pare. Featuring Derick Grant, Michelle Dorrance and other major hoofers. Music by Nicholas Young. Run time: 62 min. (Screening with "ANNIE: It's a Hard Knock Life")

Feet Don't Fail Me Now! 


WHO: Rhythmic Circus' Feet Don't Fail Me Now!


WHEN: November 18 - December 1, 2013


WHERE: THe New Victory Theater: 209 W. 42nd St., btwn 7th & 8th Ave, NYC


TICKETS: $25, $18, $12 & $9 for members. Prices based on seat locations with full price tickets starting at $14.


MORE INFO: 646.223.3010



Home-grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the New Victory stage with FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW! "Heatbox," the human beat box, joins the swingin' seven-piece Root City rockers to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. It's easy to see why this troupe was a 2012 winner of an Edinburgh Festival "Spirit of the Fringe" Award. In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you'll be jumping out of your seat and moving to the beat!

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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