September 2016  


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Wow, it's September!
Summer is almost over and our new Year-Round Programs begin the week of September 12th. If you haven't registered yet, please do so. 

I'd like to give a warm goodbye to Courtney Runft as our registrar and Education Associate. Well, it's not a complete goodbye as she is staying on as a teacher, but it is time to thank her for 10 years of dedication and excellent work well done. We are very proud of her and wish her well with future endevors.

Now, let me be the first to say congratulations to our mentor, our first lady of tap dance, the incredible Brenda Bufalino! On Tuesday, October 18th, she will be receiving the 2016 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement!

I/We could not be more proud, and this is SO well deserved . And what a great statement for the field!

So, get your tickets to the show asap. We want a BIG turnout of tap dancers to show our support.

Meanwhile, I will be appearing at the annual Career Transitions for Dancers Gala on Tuesday, September 26th along with select dancers from the ATDF.

Be sure to check out our website for future updates and detailed schedules.

Finally, if you have any questions concerning schedule, scholarships, TCYE auditions or registration, feel free to contact us at (646) 230-9564 or you can email:


Wagons ho!

Tony Waag
Artistic Director

Summer Adult Program
Reminder! New schedule starts Sept. 12th!
July 18 - September 11, 2016
6:15 - 7:15, Absolute Beginner w/ Samara Seligsohn
6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/ Susan Hebach 
12:00 - 1:00, Absolute Beginner w/ Gabe Winns
6:15 - 7:30, Slow Intermediate w/ Felipe Galganni
6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Claudia Rahardjanoto
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/ Tamii Sakurai
6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Barbara Duffy
$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!

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 (6pm)

Career Transition For Dancers 31st Anniversary Jubilee

Guest performance by Tony Waag and ATDF dancers.

For detailed information & tickets visit: CTFD
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Brenda Bufalino
Receives the 2016 Bessie Award for Lifetime Acheivement!

BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
For more info & tickets visit: Bessie Tickets
ATDF Upcoming Events!

Looking for information on upcoming ATDF Events?

For a complete list check us out at: NEW & NEXT
Tap City Youth Ensemble Auditions
Calling all advanced tap dancers age 12-18
Are you passionate about tap dance?  
Consider auditioning for the Tap City Youth Ensemble! 
  • learn choreography & technique from leading tap artists in the field today
  • explore tap history and learn classic dances from the masters
  • develop improvisation skills & a deeper understanding of music
  • dance & perform with live music
  • perform in NYC venues, Tri-State area venues, and beyond!
Audition is required - send in a video audition for consideration! Full details here:  TCYE Audition Info

Questions?  Email Susan Hebach at or call 646.230.9564 .

TCYE performing in the Tap City Youth Concert 2016. Photo: Wallace Flores

FREE Open Houses for Kids, Teens & Adults (Ages 4 ½ - Adult )

* Check out our studio
* Meet faculty and staff 
* Take a sample class!
Weekend open houses include a short performance by the
Tap City Youth Ensemble!

Tuesday, Sept 6 (4-5pm), Wednesday, Sept 7 (4-5pm) & Thursday, Sept 8 (4-5pm), 2016
Saturday, Sept 10 (12-1pm) & Sunday, Sept 11 (12-1pm), 2016
RSVP, limited space:
call: 646.230.9564

American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher St. #2B
(betw Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Year-Round Youth Program
September 12, 2016 - June 18, 2017
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.
Classes for all ages and levels begin September 12 and conclude with a June Concert!
For registration, please contact or call 646.230.9564
For information on Youth Programs visit: ATDF Youth
Year-Round Adult Program
September 12, 2016 - June 23, 2017
6:15 - 7:15, Absolute Beginner/ Samara Seligsohn
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/Craig
7:15 - 8:30, Beginner w/Samara Seligsohn
12:00 - 1:00, Absolute Beginner w/ Gabe Winns (starts Sept 13)
6:15 - 7:30 Advanced Beginner w/Felipe Galganni
6:15 - 7:30, Slow Intermediate w/Lynn Schwab
Noon - 2, Advanced Tech & Rep w/Brenda Bufalino (starts Sept 14)
6:15 - 7:30, Beginner w/Asha Griffifth
6:15 - 7:30, Advanced Beginner w/ Barbara Duffy
6:15 - 7:30, Fast Beginner w/Christina Carminucci
6:15 - 7:45 Beginner w/Susan Hebach
6:15 - 7:15 Absolute Beginner Workshops w/Megan Bartula
(starts Oct 7)
5:30 - 6:45, 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
and pay before you come!
Or call: 646-230-9564

Barbara Duffy
  Sept 14, 21 & 28 Oct 5, 2016
(4) Week Workshop

Advanced Technique and Repertory for Adults & Teens 13+

Tap master/choreographer Brenda Bufalino teaches workshop for int/adv/professionals.

Technique in Rhythm Concert Tap and American Tap Dance Orchestra Repertory.
$30 - single class
$100 - 4 class card
Call us to register: 646-230-9564

     Tap City 2015 - Photo by Debi Field
(on left) Mercedes Ellington, Randy Skinner, Constance Valis Hill, Margaret Morrison & Tony Waag at The Duke on 42nd Street (on right) Mable Lee and dancers at the Apollo Theater
Tap Treasures 2016 - Photos by Wallace Flores
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. 

September 29th, 7:30pm
Caleb Teicher & Company: Variations (World Premiere) and Small & Tall (NYC Premiere)
@ Goldstein Theater at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors, $5 for students)

American Tap Dance Foundation
Tony Waag - Artistic/Executive Director
Susan Hebach - Youth Program/TCYE Director
Craig Fuchs - Education Assistant
Rosie Marinelli - Lead Receptionist
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 



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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