May 2014

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ATDF Spring Gala photos by Amanda Gentile

ATDF Celebrates National Tap Dance Day


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: 154 Christopher St. #2B



1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm

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!

Location: Pier 45 (Christopher St./Hudson River)


More information: Upcoming Events  


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 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!



Pre-Tap Class

Spring 6-week Workshop



Creative Rhythms Pre-Tap, for 3 1/2 - 4 year olds, is a fun introduction to tap dance! Through rhyhm, music and movement games, children build motor coordination and build toward tap dance basics. 


Saturdays 10:30 - 11:15am w/ Courtney Runft


Cost: $150/6 weeks

Dates: May 10 - June 21 (no class May 24)


To register: call 646.230.9564 or email


Tap Talks


Let's Celebrate National Tap Dance Day! Join us for a round table discussion with leaders of the field as the tap community reflects on the history and founding of National Tap Dance Day in honor of the late Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Historic video tape will be viewed.
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:30 - 9:00
$5 donation
Free for members
Visit: Tap Talks

Spring 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!



For the summer schedule June 23 - Sept. 20 click here!

Save the Dates


Adult Showcase

Come see what our adults have been working on in class!


Saturday, June 7, 8pm

PS3 (490 Hudson)

Tickets are $5 at the front desk or by calling 646.230.9564


Tap City Youth Concert

All students in the Youth Program perform in the annual Tap City Youth Concert!


Sunday, June 22, 6:30pm

Tribeca Perferming Arts Center (199 Chambers)

Tickets $20 Adults, $10 Student/Seniors


 Rhythm in Motion 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 with the who, what, where, and when by the 25th of the month prior to your event.


Dancers Over 40 Celebrates... THE TEACHERS WE LOVE!!


We look forward to seeing this entire "gang" at our Teachers We Love event May 5th, honoring Chuck Kelley, Bob Audy, Matt Mattox, Marilyn D'honau, Genze de Lappe and Bella Malinka. Also participating and discussing their teaching - and teachers - Stephen Reed, Kathy Seng Gurland, Chris Chin, Lori Leshner, Lynn Schwab, Lester Holmes, Carolyn Kirsch, Francis J. Roach, Marianne Selbert and Lawrence Merritt.


Hosts for the event are -- Ballet: Nicole Barth, Tap: Tony Waag and Mary Jane Houdina and Jazz: Bob Boross, with special guests yet to be confirmed. And there will be song and dance as well! Bob Boross will be presenting a talk on famed dancer and teacher Matt Mattox as well.


Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for non-members.


Members call 212-947-8844 or online at

Non-members call the regular telecharge number, 212-239-6200 or



The Harlem Swing Dance Society




WHEN: May 9, 6-9pm


WHERE: National Dance Institute, 21 W. 147th St. (NYC)


RSVP: or call 347-709-7022



Vintage film clips, youth lindy hop demo, social dancing, mini swing dance lesson, NDI Youth Program Demo

A Special Dance Workshop



WHEN: Saturday, May 24 10-11:30am


WHERE: Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center Auditorium, 34 W. 134th St.


COST: $10



African Dance:Afro Swing, From Mozambique: Our Dance Roots!
A unique blend of African and American dance styles
All ages welcome!

Frankie Manning's 100th Birthday!


In celebration of Frankie Manning's 100th Birthday, check out all of the events happening May 22 - 16, 2014 in New York City!

Tap Ties 9th Annual National 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



Dance Astoria


WHEN: Sunday, June 8, 3-6pm


LOCATION: Bohemian Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave, LIC, NY 11102)



Dance Astoria is a Dance Festival aimed to bring professional dance to the Astoria community. This year's festival will feature cabaret, contemporary, jazz, moder, salsa step and tap dance!
COST: Free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

From the Horse's Mouth


WHEN: May 30 - June 1, 7:30pm


WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts/Pace University 


TICKETS: Purchase Here  


MORE INFO: A celebration of the life of Frederic Franklin: The Men Dancer's from the Horses Mouth






TapUnity is a program to bring together some of the world's best tap dancers to offer FREE tap workshops for Cops & Kids, with the purpose of creating an environment for police officers and young people to interact and experience one another in a new way. On Sunday, May 18 TapUnity will be hosting free workshops for police officers and youth ages 10-15, throughout NYC. FOr more information please Like us on Facebook at


Attention dancers ages 18 and older 


Are you passionate about dance?


Fill out a 10 to 15 minute survey about adult dancers' passion, dance atmosphere, and health and you could be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate to Discount Dance Supply!! To fill out the survey, please visit this link:

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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