November 2017 


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Turkey Day is just around the corner!
Hello everyone,
First off, THANKS to all that have donated thus far to our Floor Drive! We made our goal of $10,000 but we have numerous other things that we can use your support for, so if you haven't donated yet, and can, please do so before November 20th.
Let's especially thank Nancy & Joel Kremsdorf for matching every dollar we raise. We are SO grateful for this special support!
We have a Book Signing coming up with Barbara Duffy on Wednesday, November 15th and don't forget to come to our next Adult Student Task Force Meeting on Friday, November 17th!

Meanwhile, our Youth Holiday Concert is all set to take place on December 3rd. Join us for some great holiday cheer and some holiday syncopation. Remember to visit our News & Events page for detailed information on this and any other upcoming activity.

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

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

Fall Schedule for Youth Program
September 11, 2017 - June 17, 2018

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
You are cordially invited to a book signing of Barbara Duffy's book:


American Tap Dance Foundation
154 Christopher St. #2B
Barbara will be selling her book at a discounted price of $40. 
(cash only please)

Refreshments will be served. 
Please join us for this special event. 
RSVP to 646-230-9564

December 3, 2017 (5pm)

For tickets call us at: (646) 230-9564 

Visit NEWS & EVENTS  for detailed info on these important dates:

Sept 11 - June 17, 2018

Sept 11 - June 22, 2018

November 15, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 3, 2017

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

June 23, 2018

July 7 - 14, 2018

July 11 & July 12, 2018

July 15 - 29, 2018

*NEW* Tap Teacher Workshops
Wed, Nov 8, 2017
Time Step Mania
Classic and contemporary time steps and composition skills to create your own rhythmically rich dances  
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
 Mining the Shim Sham
The Shim Sham contains a wealth of tap material and ideas to bring to your students of all levels 
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Paddle and Roll  

Exciting double-time figures and skills for your beginner through advanced students

A sampling of Copasetic Curriculum and new rhythm tap ideas for your students, taught by Susan Hebach and Margaret Morrison.

Visit: Tap Teacher Workshops
Register HERE
ATDF's comprehensive training program in teaching rhythm tap to children, teens, and adults

Level 1:  July 16-22, 2018
Teaching Beginners

Level 2: July 17-22, 2018
Teaching Advanced Beginners

Level 3: July 24-29, 2018
Teaching Slow Intermediate

Rhythm tap technique
Copasetic Canon repertory
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
(our graduates)

For information visit: 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Dance Parade

Save the Date!

Student of the Month!
Ellen Walterscheid

"My tap life began when I was 5 years old at Fran Schneider's School of Dance in Manhattan, Kansas. (Yes, there is a Manhattan, Kansas--we call it the Little Apple.) My sister took ballet, my brother did tumbling, but I just wanted to tap.

Fran Schneider was a man with white wavy hair who always ran around in a white leotard and black stirrup tights. His wife played piano for the classes. Then one day Fran ran off to Colorado with a student's mother. The school closed, but several years later a kind and bubbly woman named Randi Dale started giving tap lessons out of her basement. So I put on my tap shoes again and kept dancing till I was in high school.  

Fast forward 30 years. I was working in New York as a writer, magazine editor, and journalism professor. I took up salsa dancing, which I love to this day. But in the midst of doing salsa--and being chided for trying to lead--I remembered how much I had loved to tap. As the old saying goes, with a tweak: "When the student is ready, the studio will appear." And there was ATDF right in my own backyard!

That was 2010. These past seven years of tapping have opened up worlds to me. I feel lucky to be able to learn from the superb artists we have as teachers and to meet the variety of classmates who feel driven to tap. As a lifelong pianist and poet, I also love the deep connection to music that we explore in every class.

My hair is turning white like Fran Schneider's. I'll probably never own a house with a basement like Mrs. Dale. But I plan to keep tapping for as long as I can." Ellen

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.

December 19-31, 2017 

Dorrance Dance
Joyce Theater

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
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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