September 2014

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ATDF Youth Program Photos by Tony Waag         

A Note from the Director 


Dear friends,


Once again September started out with a bang! Get ready, all ATDF Youth AND Adult classes began on Monday, September 15th and now run through June.  Check out our complete schedule on-line at:


Also, there are numerous special events and performances that are being developed and presented throughout the season so please keep a look out for special email blasts and you can always check out our website for up to date information.  Speaking of websites! Whew! After being hacked, we are finally back and close to normal (whatever that is).  Thank you for your patience and support through a very difficult period.


Next on the performance horizon is October 6th where the ATDF has been asked to present the opening number for the Career Transitions For Dancers Annual Gala at New York's City Center. This is a tremendous opportunity for us, and the tap dance community at large, and I hope you can join us in raising money for a great cause. I am assembling 100+ tap dancers for this, and we are VERY excited and honored to participate. We have a couple of additional rehearsal sessions, where you can learn the material, and our final audition is set for Saturday, September 27. For more information on this event, visit:

Stay tuned for definitive dates for our Annual Holiday Concert in December as well as our monthly Tap Talks/Tap Film events. Remember, if you become a member you get into these studio events for free.


Meanwhile, welcome back and thanks again for your continued support of our programming.

Tony Waag

Artistic Director



Fall Adult Program 



6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Michela Marino-Lerman

6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Michela Marino-Lerman

7:30 - 8:30, Absolute Beginner w/ Michela Marino-Lerman



6:15 - 7:30, Slow Intermediate w/ Derick Grant

6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Lynn Schwab



6:30 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Asha Griffith

6:30 - 7:45, Advanced Beginner w/ Barbara Duffy



6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Courtney Runft

7:45 - 9:00, Beginner w/ Susan Hebach



6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Tony Waag



5:!5 - 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!




Career Transitions for Dancers' Annual Jubilee Gala at New York City Center


Learning Session:

Friday, September 26th (7:30 - 9pm) 



Saturday, September 27th (5pm)

American Tap Dance Foundation 

154 Christopher Street #2B

(between Washington & Greenwich Sts)


To register for learning session & audition:

Email Courtney Runft at 


Tap dance production number (non-union) with 100+ Tap Dancers directed and staged by ATDF Artistic Director Tony Waag.


Seeking Tap Dancers: ages 10-Adult (Adv Beg-Adv Level), any ethnicity, with strong RHYTHM TAP experience (required), PLUS a strong knowledge of the Shim Sham Shimmy. Be prepared to have a lot of fun and to represent the Tap Dance Community! No Pay!


Mandatory final group rehearsals: Saturday, October 4th (6-9pm) and Sunday, October 5th (6-9pm)



New York City Center

Career Transitions for Dancers' Annual Jubilee Gala 

Monday, October 6, 2014 (7pm)

Must also be available that afternoon for Full Dress/Tech Rehearsal


Youth Program 2014 - 2015 


ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.


Classes for all ages and levels began September 15 and conclude with a June Concert!



For registration, please contact or call 646.230.9564

Repertory Classes 


Intermediate w/ Lynn Schwab

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9pm

September 16 - December 16

$224 (14 weeks)


Advanced Beginner w/ Susan Hebach

Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:30pm

September 18 - December 18

$208 (13 weeks)



Thursdays, 7:30 - 9pm

September 18 - December 18

$208 (13 weeks)



For registration, please contact or call 646.230.9564

Special Workshops


Brenda Bufalino teaches 8 weeks

September 17 - October 29

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00pm

$30/single class, $100/4 class card


Tap master/choreographer/ATDF mentor Brenda Bufalino teaches workshops for int/adv/professionals technique in Rhythm Concert Tap and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory.




Absolute Beginner Workshops

6-week sessions

Session 1: September 19-October 24 

Session2: November 7-Dec 19

Fridays 6:15 - 7:15pm

$84/6 week workshop


Designed especially to give new students a chance to learn the basic steps and vocabulary of tap dance, this workshop is a great way to learn the FUNdamental skills needed to join our BEGINNER tap class, or "brush up on the basics." No experience necessary, loaner shoes are available. 

Members of the Tap City Youth Ensemble in Vancouver this past summer with Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, Susan Hebach!
Tap City Youth Ensemble


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.


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
Morgan McMahonIntern 
Board of Directors 
Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director
Debra Beard - ATDF Board Chair
Mercedes Ellington
David Guilmette
Constance Valis Hill Ph.D.
Pamela Koslow Hines
Nancy Kremsdorf
Erica Marks Panush
Cynthia J. Roush
Lisa M. Scotto
Randy Skinner
Kim Thacker 
Maurice Hines
Biana Kodzoman


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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