April 2015

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Rhythm In Motion 2014 Photos by Amanda Gentile

Spring 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  

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!




Rhythm in Motion  


Rhythm in Motion returns to the Theater at the 14th Street Y with two fresh and innovative tap dance programs, premiering Wednesday, April 22 and running through Sunday, April 26. 


It features six performances over five days, showcasing the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance with a combination of young and emerging talent as well as premier choreographers in the field. 


Program A: April 22 - 24, 8pm
Featuring choreography by: Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Leonardo Sandoval Samara Seligsohn


Tickets: Program A Tickets



Program B: April 25, 3pm & 8pm, April 26, 3pm 

Featuring choreography by: 
Chloe Arnold, Felipe Galganni, Susan Hebach, Kazu Kumagai, Michela Marino Lerman, Caleb Teicher Nicholas Young


Tap City 2015




July 5 - 11, 2015


Classes for kids, teens & adults



Youth Program-ages 9-15

4-Day Tap Repertory Intensives with professional choreographers Felipe Galganni, Sarah Reich & Melinda Sulivan.


Pre-Professional Program-ages 14-19 by video audition only

4-Day Choreography Residency with Sarah Petronio assisted by Acia Gray and Leela Petronio.


Adult Program Residencies and Master Classes

4-Day Choreography Residencies with teachers
Baakari Wilder, Germaine Goodson,
Michelle Dorrance, and Acia Gray

2 Days of 16
different master classes, from

14 different teachers!


Plus 2 different professional shows, 1 student showcase, tap awards, a tap-jam cruise of NYC's waterways, and the outdoor performance Tap It Out!


 Click Here for full info and registration


Tap Teacher Training -

Accepting Applications Now!


We have just completed our first Tap Teacher Training - Certificate Program and are now accepting applicants for the 2015-2016 Training.


A comprehensive training program in teaching rhythm tap to children, teens, and adults


Essential lessons based in the classic tap repertory of the Copasetic Canon


Training begins July 2015:

  • Rhythm tap technique
  • Copasetic Canon repertory
  • Pedagogy
  • Music concepts, tap composition & improvisation
  • Tap history
  • mentored independent work
  • certificate issued by the ATDF

What past trainees say about the program:


"Amazing amount of useful information"


"this training is wonderful . . . invaluable"


For more information, visit here: Tap Teacher Training 


Absolute Beginner Workshop


6-week session - Michela Marino Lerman


April 10 - May 15

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. 

Tap Talks


Friday, April 17, 2015

7:30 - 9:00pm 


Tap It 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 22-26) at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.

Talk held at ATDC: 
154 Christopher St. #2B

FREE for members
$5 for general public

For more information on past and upcoming talks, visit: Tap Talks

Adult Repertory Classes 


Advanced Beginner Repertory

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


Session 3: April 2 - June 25

12 weeks - $192


Intermediate Repertory

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm w/ Lynn Schwab - Registration Full


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 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 crunft@atdf.org

Opening Night: Rhythm in Motion 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reception & Silent Auction (7-7:30pm)

Show & Live Auction (7:30-9pm)


The Theater at the 14th Street Y

344 East 14th Street @ 1st Ave


Join us as we celebrate with performances by: Brenda Bufalino, Elizabeth Burke, Warren Craft, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Felipe Galganni, Trevor McQueen, Samara Seligsohn, Jason Samuels Smith, Caleb Teicher, Tony Waag, Gabe Winns, the Tap City Junior Ensemble, the Tap City Youth Ensemble & ATDF Youth Program students

Logan Evan Thomas 
on piano, 

Greg Richardson on bass

Josh Davis on drums


Guest host: Maurice Hines


Directly benefits the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.


For tickets or to make a donation, visit: NY Charities


Tap Treasures


ATDF is preparing for its First Annual Tap Treasures Event, a Tap Dance Hunt & Tour.


During the week of May 17-24th, 2015, get ready to follow your tap dance treasure maps leading you throughout New York City's most treasured and historic tap dance locations. We've picked the best tap dance points of interest in NYC, and we want you to discover them, take a photo at them, and answer special clues regarding each place .


A winner, which is the person/group who finishes their Tap Treasure Hunt and Tour the quickest, will be announced at a special outdoor event and performance produced by the ATDF in celebration of National Tap Dance Day. The winner will take home a $500 ATDF Gift Certificate, which can be used for merchandise, classes, Tap City, etc.


Visit the website HERE for registration and participation in this treasured event. In the meantime, start brushing up on your tap dance history!


Tap City Youth Ensemble Audition


Calling all advanced tap dancers age 12-19


Are you passionate about tap dance?  

Consider auditioning for the Tap City Youth Ensemble! 


  • learn choreography & technique from leading tap artists in the field today
  • explore tap history and learn classic dances from the masters
  • develop improvisation skills & a deeper understanding of music
  • dance & perform with live music
  • perform in NYC venues, Tri-State area venues, and beyond

We are taking video audition submissions now for the 2015-16 seasons. 


Dancers need to be available on Sundays (specific schedule TBA)

from mid-September 2015 through mid-June 2016.


For full information, please visit: TCYE or email Susan Hebach, TCYE Director, at shebach@atdf.org.

Save the Dates


Sunday, May 24

Open House & National Tap Dance Day Tap Attack


Sunday, June 21

Tap City Youth Concert


Saturday, June 27

ATDF Adult Program Showcase

ATDF Gala 2014 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 crunft@atdf.org with the who, what, where, and when by the 25th of the month prior to your event.



E-Moves: Celebrating James Baldwin and Billie Holiday

April 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th, 7:30pm

Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave, (at West 135th St.) New York, NY 10031

Tickets: $20, http://www.harlemstage.org/events/e-moves-celebrating-james-baldwin-and-billie-holiday/


"The bold, the funky, the essential E-Moves is one of the best demonstrations that dance is still cookin' in New York and will continue."Bill T. Jones, Choreographer, Director, New York Live


Now in its 16th year, the acclaimed dance series E-Moves commissions 4 exceptional choreographers to create works inspired by the words and ideas of Baldwin and the soulful songs of Holiday. Performed over two consecutive weekends, the series concludes with a roving performance of site-specific works by nine emerging choreographers in and outside the Gatehouse for the Harlem Stage Takeover. It all concludes with a dance party you won't want to miss.


Artists include: modern ballet choreographer Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, tap artist Brinae Ali and contemporary choreographers Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and Love/Forte (Nia Love and Marjani Forte).

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 McMahon - Social Marketing 
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, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families. 




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