May 2018  

 
   

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MAY DAY, MAY DAY!



OK, gang, are we all meeting at the NYC Dance Parade on May 19th? If you do want to march with us, and you want or need to brush up on the Shim Sham, join us on May 4th or 18th to prepare for it.

Listen, I WANT at least 100 ATDF Tap Dancers and friends to participate! It's a GREAT event, and it's a GREAT way to have a bit of fun and an even GREATER way to support the ATDF, our mission and the form. So, what are YOU waiting for?

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

So, let's Tap it up, Tap it down, Tap it in and 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 (1-3pm)
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!
 
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Tap City Youth Concert
 SAVE THE DATE!

Visit  NEWS & EVENTS  for detailed info on:

Sunday, April 29, 2018
DUKE ELLINGTON CELEBRATION

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

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


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: 

TAP CITY YOUTH ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
  Visit TCYE Auditions HERE!
June 23, 2018 (6pm)
 Adult Student Showcase 
 SAVE THIS DATE ALSO!

 
Students of the Month!

Kathleen Sundt
   
"The sting and shame of not having enough money for tap classes as a young child was a pretty bad feeling. What ATDF does to provide lessons for children is incredible for those who are talented, for those who simply love tap dancing, and for those children who will get a huge boost of self confidence from learning the steps and putting them together to music. 

I was able to soothe my early loss for tap by watching Shirley Temple movies. I loved how she smiled as she tapped and loved to watch her tap up the staircase with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in The Little Colonel. Watching that clip on YouTube, to this day, brings me joy.

Ryan Casey, my first tap teacher in Boston, when I began at age 59, had taught at ATDF while a student at NYU. He told me to "watch how Susan Hebach gently moves her shoulders up and down when she taps-it's so cool."  I have taken her class and he is so right!

The teachers at ATDF are so kind and patient, and I think that may be because the whole place is set up to include these qualities in their approach with every tapper, whatever level.

Christina Carminucci, Felipe Galganni, Lynn Schwab, and Tony Waag have all put in in their time with this uncoordinated but persistent tap lover, and having Liz Cousins provide an encouraging smile as I leave each experience is just the icing on the cake!"  Kathleen

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.
 


 

MAY 16, 2018
Hank Smith's The Story of Tap

Guest artists include: Jason Samuels Smith and Derick Grant, with Ayako Shirasaki on piano.


MAY 24 - 27th 2018
Tap Family Reunion
  in celebration of National Tap Dance Day right here in NYC!

 
  
 
AUGUST 9-12, 2018
Jersey Tap Festival 


 
jerseytapfest.com

MAY 30, 2018
The Dance Historian Is In:
Great Feats of Feet
Tap dance legend  Brenda Bufalino presents her seminal film about the Copasetics,  Great Feats of Feet, a portrait of jazz & tap dance.

Reserve your seat HERE starting April 30th. 



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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