February 2014

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        Rockin' In Rhythm 2013 photos by Julie Lemberger

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 in Celebration of Gregory Hines


Happy Birthday Gregory! Film clips and discussion hosted by Tony Waag in memory of the late Gregory Hines as part of ATDF's Winter Tap Intensive. Let's reflect on the incredible life and talents of one of the most influential and beloved tap "masters" that inspired our entire tap community. Come and share YOUR stories as we celebrate Gregory on his birthday!


WHEN: Friday, February 14, 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

February 11: Max Pollak

February 18: Kazu Kumagai

February 25: Kazu Kumagai


Adv Technique & Repertory

Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm

February 8: Max Pollak

February 14: NO CLASS

February 22: Kazu Kumagai



$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.


 Rhythm in Motion 2013 photos by Amanda Gentile


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.


Tap Legacy Foundation presents: Special Event!


WHEN: February 10-14, 2014 (4:00-5:00pm) Open Gallery

           February 13, 2014 (7:00-10:00pm) Exhibit Gallery Event


WHERE: International Arts Movement: 38 W. 39th St., NYC


ABOUT: Join us as we celebrate the new year and Gregory Hines' Birthday with a one week installation of the Tap Legacy Exhibits in New York City. The exhibits will feature items from the Tap Legacy Digital Archives as well as newly acquired paraphernalia from recognized tap dance masters.


Apollo Club Harlem


WHEN: February 20-22 (8pm), February 22 (3pm), February 23 (5pm)


WHERE: Apollo Theater: 253 W. 125th St., NYC 


TICKETS: $150 (nightclub, orchestra seating, $65, $55, $45

In person or by phone at the Apollo Theater Box Office: 212.531.5305, at Ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000

Apollo Advantage Price: $105 (nightclub, orchestra seating), $45, $38, $31



Host, DIrector, Choreographer: Maurice Hines
Featuring: Maurice Hines, Margot B., Kevin Mahogany, The Manzari Brothers, and the Wondertwins
Enter the magic of the 30s and 40s when Maurice Hines, dubbed "the hippest man alive" by the Wall Street Journal, returns with an all-new Apollo Club Harlem. This sparkling 90-minute, nightclub revue celebrates the glorious musical legacy of the Apollo Theater with sultry crooners, spectacular dance acts, a swingin' 16 piece big band and a chorus line of Red Hot Steppers. "Boardwalk Empire" Margot B and Kevin Mahogany, "this generation's Joe Williams," star in "high-energy, jazz-fueled theatrics" (WSJ) that explode in an elegant nightclub specially built within Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. Joining them on stage will be fabulously talented acts, including dazzling double threat The Wondertwins and the gravity-defying Manzari Brothers. Put on your best suit or break out your silk gloves and come experience the pizzazz and allure of the Jazz Age at the wold-famous Apollo Theater!
Visit: Apollo Club for more information.

Aaron Macellus Presents "Sounds of Love From Around the World"


WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2013 (7:00 - 9:00pm)


WHERE: SRB Brooklyn, 177 2nd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211


TICKETS: $25, get them here! 



Aaron Marcellus & Surrender To Love Foundation present the "Sounds of Love from Around the World" benefit show. Showcasing explosive, eclectic sounds from around the world and expressing Grown & Sexy Love, Romance, Giving, Brotherhood, Family, Community, etc...This event will highlight performers from NYC's own STOMP cast, The Lion King, American Idol, X-Factor and all in between.

Michela Marino-Lerman Tap Jams 

WHEN: Every Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00pm


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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