March 2014

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        Rhythm in Motion 2013 photos by Amanda Gentile
Rhythm in Motion


Tuesday, April 8 - Saturday, April 12

Theater at the 14th Street Y

344 East 14th St. (at 1st Ave)


Rhythm in Motion

is an evening of new work created by New York City's finest tap dancers and international choreographers. Rhythm in Motion combines outstanding young talent with premiere and emerging choreographers showcasing the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance in the field today. 
Program A
Tuesday, April 8 (7:00 & 9:30pm)
Wednesday, April 9 (7:00 & 9:30pm)
Thursday, April 10 (7:00pm)
Featuring Choreography by:
Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Lisa La Touche, Jason Samuels Smith, & Nicholas Young
Program B
Thursday, April 10 (9:30pm)
Friday, April 11 (7:00 & 9:30pm)
Saturday, April 12 (3:00pm & 7:00pm)
Featuring Choreography by:
Brenda Bufalino, Felipe Galganni, Susan Hebach, Michela Marino-Lerman, Max Pollak, the Tap City Youth Ensemble, & Cartier Williams


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

 For full info, click here!

ATDF Teacher Training Program Promo #1



Tap City 2014


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


REGISTRATION IN OPEN!! Register now for early bird prices! Classes will fill quickly, so get your registration in!

  • 4 day residencies for kids, teens & adults (ages 9+)
  • Master Classes
  • Tap & Song
  • Tap Future
  • Gene Kelly: The Legacy
  • Tap it Out
  • Tap Awards
  • Copasetic Boat Ride

Check it out here!



Adv Beg & Intermediate Rep


Tap Addicts Anonymous is a new tap dance ensemble for adults. Created by the American Tap Dance Foundation, TAA will provide new opportunities for "seasoned" adult hoofers to work with renowned tap dance instructors & choreographers that are currently teaching at the American Tap Dance Center.
7:30 - 9:00, Adv Beg w/ Lynn Schwab
7:30 - 9:00, Intermediate w/ Brenda Bufalino
April 1 - June 17
$176 for 11 classes 

ATDF Spring Gala



Join us as we raise money in support of the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund. Help us guarantee our education programs are accessible to children whose families cannot afford them.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Reception & Silent Auction (1-2pm)

Show & Live Auction (2-3:30pm)

The Theater at the 14th Street Y

344 East 14th St. (at 1st Ave)



Guest Host: Bill Irwin

(schedule permitting)

Special Guest: Ana Gasteyer


Performances by: 

Michela Marino-Lerman, Max Pollak, the Tap City Junior Ensemble, the Tap Cith Youth Ensemble, Tony Waag, & Cartier Williams  
John DiMartino on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, Charlie Tokarz on reeds,



Tap Talks: Tap Forward


Open forum and presentation of new "works in progress" currently in development at the American Tap Dance Center. ATDF Artists in Residence showcase and discuss their current work which will be presented in concert during Rhythm in Motion (April 8-12, 2014) at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.


WHEN: Friday, March 28, 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)


Brenda Bufalino Classes


Intermediate/Advanced Technique & Repertory taught by Brenda Bufalino


WHEN: Wednesdays 12-2pm,

March 12 - April 2, 2014

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

COST: $30/single class; $100/4 class card


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!



 ATDF Spring Gala 2013 photos by Wallace Flores


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.


Late Night Session: Michela Lerman

WHEN: Tuesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 15 (11:30pm)


WHERE: Jazz at Lincoln Center: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Room


COST: Tues/Wed $5, Thurs/Fri $15, Sat $20; Students: Tues-Fri $5, Sat $10



Late Night Sessions are the new After Hours at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Scheduled after after the headlining artist's last set Tuesday through Saturday, these performances feature some of jazz's most talented up and coming artists. No reservations necessary.  
Visit: Dizzy's Club for more information.

Cobi Narita's 88th Birthday Celebration


WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 5 - 10pm


WHERE: Swing 46, 349 W. 46th St., NYC


COST: $25 cover + $20 food/drink minimum;

Students & Open Members $15 + $20 food/drink minimum



Reservations are required. Email Cobi at

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:

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, Rubén Sánchez Dance Wear and numerous individuals, friends and families. 




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