April 2018  

 
   

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HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!

And there's no fooling around here! As usual, we have lot's to talk about, lots to do and lots to participate in.... if you are so inclined.

Starting with our ongoing Student Task Force reconvening on Friday, April 6th. It's a good time to join if you'd like to become more involved.
 
Our April Tap Talks/Tap Films event will be focusing on our Artists in Residence and works in progress on Friday, April 20, 2018 (7:30-9pm).


There's a (6) Week Repertory Workshop for the Tap City Youth Ensemble, a new Basic Class on Saturday, starting April 7 and taught by Megan Bartula, a NEW (4) Week Swing Dance Workshop that begins on April 14th and join us as we celebrate the birthdate of Duke Ellington with the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts on April 29th.

Meanwhile, be sure to mark your calendars for the ever popular and ever so fun upcoming  NYC Dance Parade on May 19th. If you do want to participate and want or need to brush up on the Shim Sham, join us on May 4th or 18th to prepare for it.

Always check our News & Events page because you never know what might pop up in the meantime.

Tap it out!

Tony Waag
Artistic Director                          Photo by: Lois Greenfield
Schedule for Adult Classes
September 11, 2017 - June 22, 2018

Schedule for Youth Program
September 11, 2017 - June 17, 2018
NEW Swing into Spring Class!
Four (4) Week Workshop
Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 2018 (4:30-5:45pm)

 Taught by Tamisha Anthony & Craig Fuchs
Swing Dance Basics is an intro to the partnered connection, the footwork basics, and the history of the Lindy Hop. Taught with joy and playfulness, special emphasis will be given to the rhythm and musicality of the dance, and it's common origins and links to tap dance.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (12-2pm)
Duke Ellington's Birthday!

Join the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts
 in celebration of the Jazz Legend Duke Ellington at the Ellington Statue Located at 5th Avenue and 110th Street, Manhattan. Tony Waag, Mercedes Ellington, Eli Yamin, the Tap City Youth Ensemble and others will be performing. FREE PUBLIC EVENT!
 
Visit  NEWS & EVENTS  for detailed info on these important dates:

Friday, April 6, 2018 (7:30 - 9:00pm)
ADULT STUDENT TASK FORCE MEETING

April 15-May 20, 2018
SIX WEEK TCYE REPERTORY WORKSHOP

Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28 & May 26, 2018
SWING DANCE WORKSHOP

Sunday, April 29, 2018
DUKE ELLINGTON CELIBRATION

Friday, May 4 & 18, 2018 (7:30-8:30pm)
BRUSH UP YOUR SHIM SHAM (FOR DANCE PARADE)


Saturday , May 19, 2018
DANCE PARADE

Sunday, June 17, 2018
TAP CITY YOUTH CONCERT

June 23, 2018
ADULT STUDENT SHOWCASE

July 7 - 13, 2018
TAP CITY 2018

July 11, 2018
RHYTHM IN MOTION

July 15 - 22, 2018
TAP TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

6 WEEK TCYE REPERTORY WORKSHOP
Sundays, April 15-May 20, 2018
11:30-1pm
$75  
We are hosting a special 6 week workshop to share select repertory from our company repertory.  If you are interested in becoming a member of TCYE, you'll have some pieces ready to perform at the conclusion of this workshop.  Audition/placement is required to register for participation.  Please contact shebach@atdf.org or call 646-230-9564 ext. 2802 for more info. 
 
Deadline to sign up is April 8th! 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
DANCE PARADE

July 7 - July 13, 2018
 


INFO & REGISTER HERE

ATDF's comprehensive training program in teaching rhythm tap to children, teens, and adults

July 16-22, 2018

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)

For information visit: 

TIME FOR TAP CITY YOUTH ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
 
Visit TCYE Auditions HERE!
 
Students of the Month!

Paul Cates & Derek Gullino
 
Except for a bad case of Disco Fever, neither Derek nor Paul have spent much of their lives dancing.  That all changed when co-workers talked Derek into going to an Absolute Beginner tap class over ten years ago.  Derek wasn't very good, but he really liked it.  About a year later, Paul saw how much fun Derek was having and decided to see what it was all about.  That's all it took, and they have been tap dancing ever since.  Paul hails from Georgia.  Derek is from California and Utah.  They met in NYC where they have lived ever since.  Paul spends his days working at the Innocence Project fighting to get innocent people out of prison.  Derek works at a publishing company making books.  Their favorite thing about tap is dancing with all the other wonderful people.  No matter how bad the day was, they are both in great moods after having danced all evening.  They would like to thank all of their teachers, but two have put up with them more than any others:  Barbara Duffy, who patiently and tirelessly pushes them to be their very best, and Lynn Schwab who was there for both of them from the minute they first laced up their tap shoes and has been there every tap step along the journey.  They both would also like to thank all of the other wonderful dancers they have the great fortune of knowing.


RELATED RHYTHMS   
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 info@atdf.org with the who, what, where, and when by the 25th of the month prior to your event.
 


 

Keith Terry



American Tap Dance Foundation
Staff  
Tony Waag - Artistic/Executive Director
Susan Hebach - Youth Program/TCYE Director
Craig Fuchs - Education Assistant
ATDF
Liz Cousins - Studio Operations Manager
Margaret Morrison - Education Advisor  
Constance Valis Hill Ph.D. - 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
Linda Murray
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 


 

Current Supporters

The American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. would like to thank the following for their generous support: New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Howard Gilman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Tsunami Foundation - Anson and Debra Beard, Jr. and Family, and numerous individuals, friends and families. 


 

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