January 2014

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        ATDF Holiday Show 2013 photos by Richard Butensky

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



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 Talks with Brenda Bufalino


Master tap dancer, teacher, choreographer, and ATDF mentor Brenda Bufalino leads a discussion and presents footage on tap dance CHOREOGRAPHY and the leading choreographers of the tap dance "renaissance" and beyond.


Hosted by ATDF Artistic Directory, Tony Waag.


WHEN: Friday, January 24, 2014

TIME: 7:30-9:00pm

WHERE:  The American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher St. #2B (NYC)

TICKETS: $5 in advance or at the door - (646) 230-9564 (Members get in FREE)


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!



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 mid-late 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

January 14: TBD

January 21: TBD

January 28: TBD


Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm

January 11: Sarah Reich

January 18: TBD

January 25: TBD



$10 - single class

$50 - 5 class card

(Requires a $10 membership fee)




TCYE Apprentice Program 2014


The ATDF has created a new 8 week apprentice program for int/adv level dancers ages 12-16 (chosen by audition) to learn selected repertory works from the Tap City Youth Ensemble repertory.  The focus in in preparing new cast for the 2014-15 season (mid Sept. 2014-mid June 2015).  The program is free for boys who are chosen, and a small charge of $150 for girls.  All students chosen must be available to attend rehearsals on the following dates:


Where:  American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher St., Suite 2B, NY, NY 10014

When:   Saturdays, 3:00-4:30pm

Dates:   April 26

            May 3, 10, 17, 31

            June 7, 14, 21


Participants must audition for this program. 


Where: American Tap Dance Center

When: Saturday, March 1st


Audition schedule:

2:30pm check in 

3:00-4:30pm Audition


Dancers must pre-register for this audition. Please copy, paste and complete the information below and send to Susan Hebach at shebach@atdf.org to complete your registration. Please send information by the deadline of February 28th, 2014.


  1. Student name
  2. Date of birth and current age
  3. Parent/guardian names
  4. Parent email address
  5. Parent phone contact #
  6. Student email (optional)
  7. Mailing address
  8. Home dance studio & current tap instructor
  9. Place where you attend school (academic)
  10. Are you a member of any other performing arts groups or organizations

Audition results will be sent by email by Thursday, March 6th.  If selected, participants are requested to be available for all scheduled rehearsal sessions.  Progress and evaluation will be made at the end of the session toward joining TCYE for the 2014-15 season.  There will be a possible performance opportunity on Sunday, June 22nd as part of the Tap City Youth Concert, featuring the TCYE and the ATDF Youth Program.


 Holiday 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 crunft@atdf.org with the who, what, where, and when by the 25th of the month prior to your event.


Laraine Goodman presents Muse & Amuse


WHEN: Friday, January 31, 8-10pm


WHERE: La MaMa Galleria, 6 East 1st St. (NYC)


COST: $10, suggested donation



An evening of music, rhtyhm, tap dance...all things music and art. Guest Artists Heather Paauwe, Hank Smith, Yukio Tsuji & Sara Galassini. Enjoy an evening of tap dance, percussion, violin, guitar & vocals in celebration of "COLLAGEUNCONTAINED" exhibit at La Galleria from Jan 23 - Feb 9, 2014.

Tap or Die Screening


WHEN: Friday, January 31 at 3:30pm


WHERE: Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St. (near Broadway)


TICKETS: www.filmlinc.com



On Friday, January 31, meet filmmaker Jackie Paré at the 2014 Dance on Camera festival screening of Tap or Die, an hour-long documentary inspired by Boston-born tap artist Derick K. Grant and his still-unfulfilled mission to bring his celebrated 2006 show, Imagine Tap!, to Broadway.

Warm, vivacious and chock-full of interviews with numerous dance artists and experts, as well as vintage and contemporary performance footage, Tap or Die addresses both the undeniable triumphs and ongoing controversies within the tap dance field. It also makes a lot of fundamental insider stuff accessible and appealing to a broad audience--for instance, how the various parts of tap shoes are used to vary sound and how math is an essential part of the tap equation.

For more information on this screening and the full schedule for the Dance on Camera festival (January 31-February 4), click here.

Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies Tap Salute to Beyonce


Dancers: Chloe Arnold, Maud Arnold, Melinda Sullivan, Anissa Lee, Sarah Reich and Pamela Yasutake.


Check out the video here!


Chloe and Maud Productions Present the 6th Annual DC Tap Festival April 10-13th, 2014! Master Classes, Tap Competition, Jam Session, All Star Concert, Cutting Contest, Student Showcase and MORE! Early Bird Registration Discounts.


www.dctapfestival.com Call: 202.421.0235

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 


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 - ATDF 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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