May 2015

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Rhythm In Motion Opening Night 2015, 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/ Felipe Galganni

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



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 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 


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

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

Tap Camp


August 10 - 14, 2015

9:30am - 2:00pm


Ages 5 - 10 with 0 - 2 years experience


Cost: $495

  • tap dance
  • percussive dance form master classes
  • tap history stories / films
  • field trip
  • presentation for families on last day

Call 646.230.9564 to register! Camp size is limited, so register today! 



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

Rhythm in Motion, photos by Vitaliy Piltser


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. 




Cartier Williams and Maurice Chestnut present two Premiere Tap Piece's :

Mr. Chestnut's" Dance Therapy" is a tribute to his late niece
"Nazerah Bugg". This Dance Piece that Explores The Realities of Youth Violence in
America ,from a Tap Dance Perspective. Dance Therapy includes a Brilliant Ensemble of The area's Brightest
young Dancers.

Mr. Williams rhythm is a lucid dream loosely based on Cartier's
journey through Hoofing from his Childhood to present day.

May 8th  8pm
May 9th  8pm
May 10th 5pm
tix 25$ 2 for $40

Faison Firehouse
6 Hancock place Harlem NY (between Morningside and St.Nicholas)
212 665 7716
212 665 7716



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.
Maurice Hines
Bianca Kodzoman
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 Tsunami Foundation - Anson and Debra Beard, Jr. and Family, Stagestep, Capezio Ballet Makers, and numerous individuals, friends and families. 




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