December 2014

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ATDF 2013 Holiday Show Photos by Tony Waag         

The ATDF office and studios will be closed for the winter holidays Saturday December 20 - Friday, January 2. All Youth and Adult Program classes will resume Saturday, January 3, 2015. 


Fall Adult Program 



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

6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Toni Noblett

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



12:00 - 1:00, Absolute Beginner w/ Gabe Winns  *starts January 6, 2015

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



5:15 - 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!




Absolute Beginner Workshop


6-week session - Barbara Duffy


January 9 - February 13

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. 

ATDF Holiday Showcase


Sunday, December 14 - 5:30pm


The ATDF Youth Program and Adult Repertory groups showcase what they've been learning in classes since September. The evening is sure to be swingin' rhythms and entertainment!


Washington Irving High School

40 Irving Place (btwn E 16th & 17th Sts.)


Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Child General Admission

$25 Fundraising Assigned Seating


Tickets available by calling 646.230.9564. 




Save the Dates


January - May

Tap Talks / Tap Films


Tuesday, April 21

ATDF's Spring Fundraiser, in support of the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund


Wed April 22 - Sunday, April 26

Rhythm in Motion


Sunday, May 24

National Tap Dance Day Tap Attack


Sunday, June 21

Tap City Youth Concert


Saturday, June 27

ATDF Adult Program Showcase


July 5 - 11

Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival


July 12 - 19

Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program

Tap City 2015


July 5 - 11, 2015


Classes for kids, teens & adults


Events, shows, performance opportunities for participating students!


Check out a sneak peak here

ATDF Annual Appeal 


Excellence, inclusive, accessible, high-spirited and infectious! This is the American Tap Dance Foundation. People are talking about us, and we have a lot to talk about too. We are busy, busy, busy, and so we need your help. As you know, the ATDF relies on financial support from individuals like you! And because of your generosity, we are able to maintain our current programming and continue to serve you and the tap dance community. 


To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit: NY Charities

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

Dance Magazine Awards


Celebrating our dance heroes, past and present. 


This year's honorees were:

Misty Copeland, Larissa Saveliev, Wayne McGregor, Brenda Bufalino & Tony Waag, and Luigi.

To read about the highlights from this year's awards, please visit: Dance Spirit Magazine!






Adult Repertory Classes 


Advanced Beginner Repertory

Thursdays 6:15 - 7:45 w/ Susan Hebach 


Session 2: January 8 - March 26

12 weeks - $192


Session 3: April 2 - June 25

(no class April 23)

12 weeks - $192


Intermediate Repertory

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm


Session 2: January 6 - June 23

(no class April 21)

24 weeks - $384


Tap Composition & Artistry *NEW*

Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00pm w/ Margaret Morrison & guest musicians


Session 2: January 8 - March 26

12 weeks - $192


Session 3: April 2 - June 25

(no class April 23)

12 weeks - $192


A choreo-lab for advanced and intermediate level tap dancers to explore tap composition, improvisation, and jazz music fundamentals. Students will develop their own tap performance works.


To register: Call 646.230.9564 or email

New Products


New products just in time for the holidays!


Drawstring Backpacks - $10 + tax




Aluminum Water Bottle - $10 + tax




To shop, visit: ATDF SHOP


ATDF 2013 Holiday Show 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 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.
Bianca Kodzoman
Pamela Koslow Hines
Nancy Kremsdorf
Erica Marks Panush
Cynthia J. Roush
Lisa M. Scotto
Randy Skinner
Kim Thacker 
Maurice Hines


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 Tsunami Foundation - Anson and Debra Beard, Jr. and Family, Cigna, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families. 




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