The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a non-profit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

The ATDF remains committed to creating community, fostering careers and producing year-round concert performances and public cultural events that further legitimizes Tap Dance as a vital American dance form.


  • keep our class prices affordable and our education programs accessible at the American Tap Dance Center.
  • create a professional, safe and fun environment with hard wood floors.
  • support education programs offering students a chance to become immersed in tap culture while providing our faculty with year-round teaching opportunities, income, rehearsal/work space and venues to perform in.

  • support our concert performances that celebrate the diversity of tap, presenting masters, contemporary artists and up-and-coming hoofers giving our audiences a true picture of the art form’s multi-faceted legacy.

  • support the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund which provides year-round education and performance opportunities for our young people to continue their study in the face of financial difficulty or strain.
  • provide valuable rehearsal space for our gifted Artists in Residence allowing them to create new choreography that is presented throughout the year.
  • support pivotal programs such as Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival providing an annual forum for an international community of dancers, teachers, artists, historians and fans.
  • help us to document, preserve and archive our own history for future generations to study and utilize.
Your donation means everything to our staff, board, teachers, artists, local community and to the thousands of audience members whose lives are enriched by the performances and programs we produce every year.

You can also send a check to:
American Tap Dance Foundation
154 Christopher Street #2B

New York, NY 10014

Call us at (646) 230-9564
For questions feel free to contact us at: info

In its commitment to diversity the ATDF continues to administer the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund for serious tap students ages 4 – 19. Scholarships are awarded to students based on both financial need and artistic merit. The goal of the program is not only to offer training and performance opportunities to ‘under-served’ youth, but also to encourage pre-professional level students to continue with their studies with on stage performing experience. The program brings together students from different socio-economic and racial backgrounds who wish to study in one of the following ATDF Programs:

ATDF Year-Round Youth Classes (ages 3 – 19)
ATDF Weekend Intensives & Workshops (ages 13 – 19)
Tap City Youth Ensemble/Tap City Junior Ensemble (ages 10 – 19)
Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival (ages 6 – 19)