- No video taping, audio taping, or photo taking during classes, rehearsals or performances.

- You may bring a bottle of water into the studios. No food or drinks in the studios except for designated lunch events or areas.

- Sorry - no observers allowed in any of the studios. (The guests you may see are VIPs)

- Please no tapping in the hallways.

SAFETY: Do not leave your possessions unattended, ever. The American Tap Dance Foundation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. Do not bring valuables to the studios or theater. Leave them at home or locked in a hotel safe.

HEALTH & INJURY PREVENTION:   Make this an optimal learning experience for yourself. Pace your self, drink lots of water, stretch out before and after classes, don't dance into pain, and pay attention to injuries.  

FOOT CARE & BLISTER PREVENTION:   Do not make the mistake of wearing new tap shoes to class. To avoid blisters, break in new shoes before you come to class. You will probably be dancing more hours and more intensely than you do usually, and many students get blisters even with normally comfortable, broken in tap shoes. Use band-aids, medical tape and moleskin (all available at any drugstore) to prevent blisters before they start.


What's the difference between a master class and a residency?
A master class meets once. In the 4-Day Adult Residencies students work for 4 days with a choreographer, at the same time period, to learn a work of tap repertory that will be performed at the All Student Showcase, Thursday evening, July 8.  For more information about the Residencies and the Showcase please see the Performance Opportunities page on this web site.

How do I know what level I am?
For the Adult Program and Master Classes, see the description of Levels below.  In the Adult Program, students select their level.  In the TCYE Program, advanced students are selected by audition.  In the Youth Program students will be placed in the appropriate group for their skill level based on their application video.

I'm not sure how to choose the right program for myself - any pointers?
All of our teachers are great, so in the Adult Program select a schedule based on your budget, time availability, level and stamina.  Read over the website and faculty bios, so that you have a good sense of our offerings. Make sure to select the appropriate levels for your class choices.  The Adult Program and Master Class schedule is designed to give adult students many choices in selecting a range of styles and a satisfying learning experience.  Contact us if you need more info.


Adult Program and Master Class Levels (listed in order of most challenging to easiest):

ADV/PRO: Fast moving or challenging classes for advanced and professional tap dancers.

MIX: Mixed level classes for intermediate & advanced. Students will work at their own level. Material taught may allow students to work more deeply on moderately paced or challenging concepts

INT: Easy paced intermediate classes for students who are comfortable with the basics, time steps, paddle & roll, and are ready for moderately challenging choreography.

ADV BEG: Advanced Beginning classes for students who are comfortable with flaps, shuffles, time steps, paddle & roll.  Excellent choice for dancers with just a few years experience or older dancers who want to learn at an easy pace.

BEG: Beginning level classes for students who already know flaps and shuffles and are ready to learn fun and easy combinations. 

BASIC: For the student who has taken an Absolute Beginner Workshop or is returning to tap and needs a review to help transition to the Beginning Level class.  Tap skills including shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, the Irish, shuffle ball change, fundamental music skills and parts of the “Shim Sham” dance and more will be covered.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER: If you’ve always wanted to try tap, this is your chance. No experience necessary, some loaner tap shoes available.  If you can walk, you can tap.

I think I'm advanced, but I'm not sure:
All of our classes labeled ADV are fast moving or challenging classes for tap dancers with a high level of rhythm tap training and performance experience. Advanced level classes in our Youth Program are as challenging as advanced classes in the Adult Program. If you have attended and felt satisfied by advanced classes in a major tap festival, or upper level adult tap classes at a New York studio such as Broadway Dance Center or Steps on Broadway, then the ATDF's advanced classes are the right level for you.

I think I’m intermediate or advanced beginner, but I’m not sure:

Intermediate level classes are for dancers who are solidly comfortable with all of the basics of flaps, shuffles, shuffle-off-to-Buffalo, paddle ‘n’ roll, and time steps, and are ready for the next challenge.  Intermediate classes teach material at a more moderate pace.  Still not sure if you should choose intermediate or advanced?  Here’s a guide:  if you enjoy a challenge and working above your level, chose advanced.  If you prefer learning at an easier pace and feeling that you are able to perfect steps in class, chose intermediate.  Advanced Beginner level is an excellent choice for dancers who know the basics and have a few years experience or older dancers who want to learn at an easy pace.

I'm an older tap dancer, are there some slower paced comfortable classes for me?
The Advanced Beginner Level is a great choice—the majority of the class will probably be over age 30. Intermediate Level and Mixed Level classes are also good choices. If you only have a little tap experience try the Beginning Level courses. And if you've never tapped at all try the Intro tap classes.

What if I want to register, but I cannot get into the classes that I want?
All the classes are exciting and our teachers are wonderful. You will benefit from any selection. Select an alternate class or contact one of our Directors for advice on placement in another class. Next year, be sure to get your registration in early.

Do you have a wait list for classes?
No - if your choice is sold out, please select another class or contact us for advice.

I have 2 or 3 children, is there a family discount on classes?
There is no discount on classes, but families of dancers only pay one Family Registration Fee, which covers one student under 19 plus her siblings and parents (a savings of up to $30 per dancer). Make sure to register early!

What if I don't like a class that I have signed up for? May I switch to a different class?
Please select your classes carefully. Students in the Youth Program may request a change on the first day ONLY, and before the second day of classes begin, providing there is room in the alternate course of your choice.  Once you have attended your first class in any of our programs and you find that you have chosen the wrong level, please follow these steps:

  • Adult students should speak to the registrar about switching.
  • TCYE and Youth Program students speak to our Youth Education Director Susan Hebach.


Do parents wait at the dance studio, or can I drop my child off?
Due to the size of the wait room, drop-off is preferred. Children may be collected after their last class of the day. For parents arriving late for pick-up, your child will be escorted to the wait area provided. We are not responsible for children left unattended outside of the Youth Program hours.

Can I be sure that my child is safe on his/her own?
Rest assured that we do everything to keep track of your special dancer.  Dancers in the Youth Programs are permitted to leave the building only with their parent/guardian. Each classroom will have a sign on the door letting your dancer know where he/she is supposed to be for each class, and there are lots of friendly Interns to help youngsters along. Attendance is taken for each class, and students are monitored.

I am OK with my child leaving the building, is that permitted?
If your dancer is allowed to be left on their own, he/she must be responsible and aware of his/her schedule, class and event locations and times. Parents will need to sign the "Youth Sign Out" sheet for those who are permitted to leave the building on their own.

What about snacks and lunch?
Healthy snacks, fruit juices, water, energy bars etc. for a long day of dancing are available in our lobby.

Whom should I tell my child has a medical problem or condition?
Please inform all of your child's instructors before each class, as to her/his specific needs, or instruct your child to do so.

Can I get discounted classes or family rates?
See the last few questions in the FAQ section above.

What if my child doesn't like his/her class?
See the last few questions in the FAQ section above.  We make every attempt to make sure that your child is placed correctly. Children who feel that they have signed up for a class that is too difficult, may be moved to an alternate class or level providing there is space in that class. Dancers are not permitted to switch classes for any other reason. The Registrar can only consider a possible change, immediately before or after the 1st class has been taken.