December 2013

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ATDF Holiday Show 2011 photos by Amanda Gentile

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!



Winter Adult Program Drop-In Classes



**NO CLASSES Dec 23 - Jan 1**



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!



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)


Tap Teacher Training - NEW!


We're proud to announce our NEW Tap Teacher Training - Certificate Program


A comprehensive training program in teaching rhythm tap to children, teens and adults


Essential lesson based in the classic tap repertory of the Copasetic Canon


Training begins July 2014:

  • Rhythm tap technique
  • Copasetic Canon repertory
  • Pedagogy
  • Music concepts, tap composition & improvisation
  • Tap history
  • Mentored independent work
  • Certificate issued by the ATDF

Check it out here! 

ATDF Holiday Showcase


You're invited to see what our youth program students have been working on all year! Special appearances by the Tap City Youth Ensemble and our NEW Adult Ensemble, Tap Addicts Anonymous!


WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 5pm

WHERE: Professional Performing Arts School, 328 W. 48th St. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)

TICKETS: $10, adults; $5 children; $25 fundraising (1st three rows)

Call 646.230.9564 to purchase




photo by Amanda Gentile     

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!



Advanced Level Technique & Repertory


Adv Technique

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

December 10: TBD

December 17: Felipe Galganni



Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm

December 7: Max Pollak

December 14: Max Pollak

December 21: Max Pollak



$10 - single class

$50 - 5 class card

(Requires a $10 membership fee)




Make Your Holidays Even Happier 


Cigna is proud to support The American Tap Dance Foundation.


The holidays bring lots of joy. But they can also bring stress. Here are a few easy ways to keep things happier during your holiday season:


Holiday how-to's

Celebrate the season without the added stress:



* Try not to eat or drink too much. Avoid buffets, rich desserts and extra alcohol.

* Stick to your exercise routine. Even a quick 10 minute walk can help you unwind and recharge.

* Simplify meals and celebrations. Big fancy dinners may be traditional, but they're not easy to pull off.



* Volunteer for a worthy cause. You'll feel good about yourself and help others.

* Talk about happy memories. It's also a good time to reminisce about loved ones who are no longer here.

* Enjoy the company of friends. Try to celebrate with people rather than all alone.



* Plan ahead. Make lists to keep track of what you need to do, and ask others for help.

* Relax. Take a walk, read for a few minutes or take a long, hot shower.

* Don't expect a perfect holiday. You'll reduce your stress if you lower your expectations.


'Tis the season of spending

During the holidays, it's easy for spending to spin out of control. Try these tips to stay on budget:

* Make a list. Write out what you spent last year on gifts, cards, food and decorations. This is a good starting place for your budget.

* Cash only. Take out just the amount of cash you want to spend and don't use your credit cards. This way, you won't overspend.

* Plan ahead. Make a list and stick to it. Don't let impulse purchases blow your budget.

* Search for sales. You'd be surprised how much you can save by doing a little research ahead of time.

* Get creative. Try giving homemade gifts. They cost less but can be very rich in meaning.




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  

Adult Showcase 2013 photos by Emma Butensky


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.


Cobi Narita Presents Annual Holiday Party



WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 6 - 10pm


WHERE: Zeb's, 223 W. 28th St. (NYC)


COST: $20



Cobi Narita's Jazz Center of New York, in conjenction with Flo-Bert Ltd. present The Annual Holiday Festivities. Ms. Narita has, for 40 plus years, been producing jazz concerts, jam sessions, festivals and fundraisers, and continues her Holiday Tradition in 2013, featuring guest singers, dancers and storytellers. Light refreshments will be served. Atendees will be given a new book, CD or DVD. Music is provided by the Frank Owens Trio with bassist Mr. Lisle Atkinson and drummer Mr. Greg Bufford.

Ring Dem Bells: Ballroom, Broadway and Blues

Hosted by Mercedes Ellington


WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 7 PM to 10 PM


WHERE: Ballroom Off Fifth - 37 W. 37th St., Fl. 2


TICKETS: $40/PP donation (or more) at and click on support us. Receipt is admission. OR $45 at the door (cash or credit)


Enjoy a festive evening featuring:

**Wine, soft drink & light refreshments

**Singers, dancers and dancing

**Open Mic and Open Piano

**Raffle with great prizes 


12.12.13 - Claudia Rahardjanoto - Let's Celebrate Again! 


Join Claudia and friends in an evening of song and dance!


WHEN: December 12, 2013, 9:30pm (Doors open at 8:30 for dinner)


WHERE: The Cotton Club, 656 W. 125th St. (NYC)


TICKETS: $22 in advance:

              $28 at the door: cash only


Charity:Water Tap Jam 


WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 5 - 6pm


WHERE: American Tap Dance Foundation


HOW MUCH: All donations welcome ($5 minimum suggested)


GOAL: $7,000 by Dec 31st to build a clean water well in a developing country. Go to to see the progress. This site can also accept online donations for the specific campaign. Online donations and donations make by check with receive a tax-deductible receipt.

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



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