April 2014

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ATDF Spring Gala 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, Cartier Williams, & the late Gregory Hines


Tap Teacher Training - NEW!


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


July 13-20, 2014


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 Addicts Anonymous


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
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beg w/ Tony Waag
April 1 - June 20
$176 for 11 classes 

National Tap Dance Day


Save the Date! National Tap Dance Day events hosted by the ATDF!


11:00 - 12:30 

Free Open House & Tap City Youth Ensemble Presentation at the American Tap Dance Center


1:00 - 3:00

Tap Attacks on the pier. Bring your shoes and join us for the Shim Sham Shimmy or open jam! Students and professionals will come together to celebrate National Tap Dance Day!


More information: Upcoming Events


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

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, Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums



Tap Talks


Film clips (rare and contemporary) are viewed followed by a discussion led by dancer, teacher, and archivist Hank Smith 
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:30 - 9:00
$5 donation
Free for members
Visit: Tap Talks

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!



Tap City 2014


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


REGISTRATION IS 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!



 Tap City 2013 Adult & Pre-Professional Residencies photos by Tony Waag


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.


Syncopated City and Cats Paying Dues - One Night Only


WHEN: Friday, April 11, 8:30-9:30pm


WHERE: Dance Manhattan: 39 W. 19th St., 5th Fl, NYC


COST: $21 in advance, $25 cash only at the door Click here for tickets! 



Don't miss the chance to see Syncopated City Dance Company and Cats Paying Dues together for the first time! For one night only, these two critically acclaimed companies present an evening of rhythm and movement that defies genre stereotypes and expectations! 

Chloe & Maud Productions Present the DC Tap Fest


WHEN: April 10 - 13, 2014



Master Classes, Competition, All-Star Concert honoring Debbie Allen

All-Star Concert: This exhilarating evening features an extravaganza of tap stars and special guests! Chloé Arnold & Maud Arnold, The Syncopated Ladies, Luke Spring, the 7 year old tap dancing prodigy seen on Ellen (discovered at DC Tap Fest II), Derick Grant, Bakaari Wilder, Joseph Webb; Stars of Broadway show Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk, Michelle Dorrance, STOMP; Jumaane Taylor, Lee Howard; Tokyo Disney's Jason Holley and more. 


For full details, visit: http://www.dctapfest.com

Bring on Spring at the HUB


WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 4 - 6pm


WHERE: The HUB, 139 Charles St. (NYC)





Celebrate spring, renewal the spririt of Gregory Hines and the art of TAP dance! Live music and jam on bespoke outdoor stage.
www.hubcycles.com; 646.263.7926 

Earth Day NY & Trashion Fashion Show


WHEN: April 22, 2014, 12 - 1pm


WHERE: Union Square (NYC)



Looking for tap dancers and percussionists to be involved with an Earth Day event. Loose structure jam. Volunteer Basis.
If interested or know someone who is, please contact Amy Merli at contact@amymerli.com

Happy 114th Birthday Duke!


Free performance at the Statue (110th & 5th Ave) Sunday, April 28 1-3pm


Party & Show at Dance Times Square, Monday, April 29 7-9pm


More information here: Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration


Purchase Tickets here: Tickets  

Tap Ties 9th Annual Natinal Tap Dance Day Celebration


WHEN: May 17 & 18, 2014


WHERE: Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA


Master Classes and a performance opportunity


Guest faculty includes: Susan Hebach, Germaine Salsberg, Karen Callaway Williams, Robert F. Burden, Jr., COrinne Karon and the Tap Ties Company


MORE INFO: www.tapties.com or tapties@gmail.com

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




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