May 2016

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Rhythm In Motion 2016 - Photo by Vitaliy Piltser
Not So Impossible, choreography: Caleb Teicher
Adult Program 

January 4 - June 24
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Toni Noblett
7:15 - 8:30, Beginner w/ Michela Marino-Lerman 
6:15 - 7:30, Slow Intermediate w/ Lynn Schwab
6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Felipe Galganni
6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Asha Griffith
6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Barbara Duffy
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Courtney Runft

6:15 - 7:30, Intermediate w/ Felipe Galganni

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 Attack

Sunday, May 22, 2016 (12-1pm)
Tap Attack/National Tap Dance Day

The Evergreens Cemetery
1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Presented by The Evergreens Cemetery in Association with Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation.
Please join us as we celebrate National Tap Dance Day (May 25th) and visit the gravesite of the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and enjoy performances by the Tap City Youth Ensemble & the Tap City Junior Ensemble culminating in a visit to the gravesite of Uncle Bo!

For directions visit: The Evergreens Cemetery

Tap Teacher Trainings 
July 2016
The ATDF's comprehensive training program in teaching rhythm tap to children, teens, and adults
July 17-24, 2016 Level 1 
(Teaching Beginners)
July 19-24, 2016 Level 2 
(Teaching Advanced Beginners)
  • Rhythm tap technique
  • Copasetic Canon repertory
  • Pedagogy
  • Jazz music concepts, tap composition & improvisation
  • Tap history
  • Mentored independent work
  • Certificate issued by the ATDF
"Amazing amount of useful information"  "this training is wonderful ... invaluable" (our graduates)
Accepting applications now for 2016. For full information visit: Tap Teacher Training

Tap City 2016
July 9 - 16, 2016 

Programs for kids, teens & adults of all levels!

20 different Adult Program Master Classes, for all levels!

4-day Youth Program!

4-day Pre-Professional Program for Teens!

4-day Residencies with Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Schwab, Ted Levy, and Claudia Rahardjanoto!

Performance opportunities for everyone!

NEW Tap Treasures Tour!

2016 Save the Dates
June 4, 10 - 11am  Open House

June 19, Tap City Youth Concert

June 25, Adult Program Showcase

July 9 - 16, Tap City

July 17 - 24, Tap Teacher Training

Absolute Beginner Workshops

Designed especially to give new students a chance to learn the basic steps and vocabulary of tap dance, this class is a great way to learn the FUNdamental skills needed to join our BEGINNER tap class, or "brush up the basics". If you've always wanted to try tap, this is your chance. No experience necessary, some loaner tap shoes available. If you can walk, you can tap.

  • Fridays, 6:15-7:15           w/ Courtney Runft
    • May 20 - June 24
  • Mondays, 6:15-7:15                  w/ Michela Marino Lerman
    • April 18 - May 23
    • June 6 - June 20 (3 weeks, $42)
  • Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00             w/ Gabe Winns
    • April 19 - May 24
    • May 31 - June 21 (4 weeks, $56)
Workshops are 6 weeks long (unless noted) and the cost is $84/6 weeks.

To register, please call 646.230.9564 or arrive at least 20 minutes before the first class.
Adult Program Beginner Workshop

Beginner Workshop **NEW**
Classic Tap Vocabulary all beginners should know!
Join us in exploring a handful of classic tap steps all beginners should know, and build your vocabulary! We'll explore these steps and create choreography phrases based how we can use these steps to a variety of music.

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

Session 4: May 12 - June 16

Cost: $96

To register, please call 646.230.9564 or arrive at least 20 minutes before the first class.
Brenda Bufalino presents Poems With a Beat
Ms Bufalino recites and reads from her book of poems "Circular Migrations"  accompanied by her digital looped taps, videos and projections.

May 24, 2016 - 7:30pm (FREE)

Westbeth Community Room

55 Bethune Street
(corner of Washington St.)

(Come early. There is no charge)

Bufalino; Dancer, author, poet, and ceramic sculptor, is a master Tap Dance artist, and has written the texts for her numerous One Person Shows, that include "Cantata & The Blues," "Diary of a Woodpecker," and "That's Jazz Then," which she has performed internationally for over thirty years. For her highly acclaimed company, the American Tap Dance Orchestra, she choreographed, and wrote the text for her Tap Opera, "Gertrude's Nose...the Far West Promontory," with original music, sung and composed by Jay Clayton. Among her many poems she will be reading from the "Mountain Suite," excerpted from her libretto. She has written numerous articles for Dance Magazines, wrote the new forward and afterward for the book "Jazz Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns." A book of poems, "Circular Migrations," and her memoir "Tapping the Source...tap dance stories, theory, and practice," were both published by Codhill press. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and two of her choreographies were recently recognized by the NEA as American Masterpieces.

Amazon. com review by Richard Wells...."With "TAPPING THE SOURCE...," Brenda Bufalino has given us a brilliantly titled and generously written professional memoir....Brenda is an artist with a capital A. As a being she transcends her chosen forms. Her book will be purchased by dancers, but it's a book for artists, so if you are on the path, "Tapping the Source..." is a useful map.

Tap Treasures
Check out our new program as a part of Tap City!

Monday, July 11 - Uptown 
Apollo Theater, 11am - 12pm

Tuesday, July 12 - Midtown
Duke on 42nd St. Theater, 7pm

Wednesday, July 13 - Downtown
Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center, 7pm
The Village Gate, 8pm
The American Tap Dance Center, 9pm

Full information can be found here:
Tap Camp
August 15 - 19, 2016
(Ages 5 - 11, 0 - 3 years experience)
9:30am - 2:00pm    

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.

Tap Technique and Choreography
Master Classes in various Percussive Dance Forms
Tap History & Film
Field Trip
Presentation for parents on last day

To register: 
Please call 646-230-9564



ATDF Spring Benefit photos by Amanda Gentile

For more pictures of ATDF performances and events , please visit: Flickr!
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  
Constance Valis Hill Ph.D. - ATDF Director of Preservation
Mark Kellogg - Design
Morgan McMahon - Social Marketing 
Board of Directors 
Tony Waag - ATDF Artistic/Executive Director
Erica Marks Panush - ATDF Board Co-Chair
Lisa M. Scotto - ATDF Board Co-Chair
Debra Beard
Mercedes Ellington
Maurice Hines
Bianca Kodzoman
Pamela Koslow Hines
Nancy Kremsdorf
Cynthia J. Roush
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: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Howard Gilman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Tsunami Foundation - Anson and Debra Beard, Jr. and Family, and numerous individuals, friends and families. 




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