July 2018  


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Hi everyone,

Feelin' hot, hot, hot? Well, it's Tap City time again! Now in its 18th year! In 2001, I produced my very first Tap City and people really came out of the woodwork, and really stepped forward to support the event. I looked back at a speech that I delivered to a VERY excited crowd just before I presented the very first Hoofer Award to Gregory Hines, and thought it would be interesting in publishing it here again, as it stands true to our current mission!
"This week, July 7th through July 15th, hundreds of tap dancers have converged in the "big apple" for Tap City 2001.

Our goal, in addition to giving audiences great entertainment- is to establish a higher level of understanding and examination of tap dance as an art form. The creation of an international tap dance festival in New York, will secure the preservation of tap dance and perpetuate its growth as a thriving contemporary art form. The New York City Tap Festival/Tap City 2001 also makes a lasting statement about New York City and its dedication to this uniquely American form of art. We pay homage to tap dance by producing a festival in the city known for much of its major development.
But, tap dance which began In America in the 1800's on plantations, and on city streets- is now produced all over the globe. Thanks to the influence of leading soloists and tap companies like The American Tap Dance Orchestra and the Jazz Tap Ensemble, who performed and taught all over the world, festivals and inspired new artists have sprung up all the way to Beijing! Like its kissing cousin jazz, tap has become an international form of expression. The New York City Tap Festival, therefore, is a meeting place to which hundreds of American and international tap dancers can now come to study, to teach, to perform-- to share new ideas and to collaborate on new productions. Tap City 2001 celebrates the vibrant and diverse global tap community." Tony Waag
So, nothings changed really, same mission, same goal and the same reason you should participate in what has become the preeminent tap dance festival of the world and is the quintessential celebration of our collective American heritage.
If you haven't registered yet then you better beware, as classes are filling right up. And don't forget the Copasetic Boat Ride, the Awards Show, Rhythm in Motion, Tap Future and last but not least Tap it Out! Be there or be square. Times Square that is!

Tony Waag
Artistic Director                          Photo by: Lois Greenfield

July 7 - July 13, 2018

 Master Classes & Choreography Residencies



July 10, 2018  (7pm)
Tap Awards Show

Special performances honor this year's awardees, the annual 
Hoofer, and 
Tap Preservation Awards will be presented and Tap legends will be inducted into the
International Tap Dance Hall of Fame.
2018 Hoofer Awards
Jared Grimes and Katherine Kramer

2018 Tap Preservation Award
Leticia Jay
2018 Tap Dance Hall of Fame Awards 
Ralph Brown and  the Tap Happenings

Thursday, July 12, 2018 
Tap Future (all student showcase)



New work created by Megan Bartula, Ali Bradley, Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Katherine Kramer, Lisa La Touche, Olivia Rosenkrantz & Jason Samuels Smith.


July 23, 2018 - August 30, 2018

Visit  NEWS & EVENTS  for detailed info on:

July 7 - 13, 2018

July 9, 2018

July 10, 2018

July 11, 2018
July 12, 2018
July 13, 2018

July 15 - 22, 2018

July 9, 2018

Boards: 6:30pm

Cruises: 7:00-10:00pm

is hosting the Jam!

July 11, 2018
Boundary breaking new takes on tap by NYC's finest tappers & choreographers. 

Rhythm in Motion 
returns with a fresh and innovative tap dance program premiering at
Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival. 

Directed and Curated by 
Tony Waag
Choreographers include 
Brinae Ali, Chloe Arnold, Christina Carminucci, Michelle Dorrance, Felipe Galganni, Ana Rokafella Garcia, Lisa La Touche, Charles Renato, Tamii Sakurai, Delores Sanchez, Leo Sandoval, Samara Seligsohn, Caleb Teicher 
and  Nicholas Van Young.
(priority seating and meet/greet pre-performance reception)

Friday, July 13, 2018 
(2pm, 2:30pm & 3pm)
Tap it Out 
Father Duffy Square/Times Square
Broadway, W. 46 St. To W. 47 St., 7 Avenue Manhattan

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

July 16-22, 2018

Rhythm tap technique
Copasetic Canon repertory
Jazz music concepts
Tap composition
Tap history
Mentored independent work
  Certificate issued by the ATDF
"Amazing amount of useful information"
"this training is wonderful
(our graduates)

For information visit: 

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.

Manhattan Affordable Housing Opportunity
Application Deadline: July 3rd, 2018
103 new, rent stabilized apartments at 435 W31st Street (rents range from $613 - $2,519) 
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American Tap Dance Foundation
Tony Waag - Artistic/Executive Director
Susan Hebach - Youth Program/TCYE Director
Craig Fuchs - Education Assistant
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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