Sunday, September 14, 2015 - Sunday, June 19, 2016
The Tap City Youth Ensemble features the best and brightest young tappers from the New York City area. The ensemble was founded in 2006 by the American Tap Dance Foundation to give young tap dancers from the ages of 13 – 19 an opportunity to work with professional choreographers. The ensemble preserves the rich heritage of tap dance through learning classic/historical tap repertory and new contemporary works. The Tap City Youth Ensemble performs in a range of New York area venues including formal concerts, school shows, hospital shows, and free public events.
The Ensemble is directed by Susan Hebach with mentorship by Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag. TCYE meets weekly in rehearsal with Ms. Hebach to prepare for performances in New York City. TCYE II and III also work with Assistant Rehearsal Directors Claudia Rahardjanoto and Tamii Sakura.
Guest teachers and choreographers have including Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Ayodele Casel, Harold Cromer, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Jared Grimes, Molutsi Mogami, Tony Waag and Margaret Morrison. They have learned new contemporary works as well as classic tap repertory by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, James "Buster" Brown, Eddie Brown, Charles “Honi” Coles and the Copasetics. The Ensemble has been featured in articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Time Out New York Kids and appeared on television on NY 1. and Nickelodeon's METV.
“Past and future come together . . . in the recently formed Tap City Youth Ensemble, which performs classic routines like the Copasetics’ “Chair Dance” with brash adolescent energy” (Star-Ledger).
The Tap City Youth Ensemble gives intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 11 to 19 the opportunity to work with professional choreographers to learn classic and contemporary tap repertory. Dancers hone tap skills and deepen their knowledge of tap history through special master classes, rehearsals with guest tap artists and live musicians, video showings and tap history lessons. Dancers are selected by audition. ATDF's Tap City Youth Ensemble also performs for grades K-12 in a production we call Tappin' Into New York. It is a high energy, educational show exploring the history of tap dance and its connection to New York City.
Dancers are selected by audition.
For more information on TCYE and to book the ensemble for future appearances please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available through the ATDF Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund. Application can be downloaded from this website by clicking on Gregory Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.
For more information contact us at 646-230-9564
Performance Highlights of the TCYE 2006-2014 Seasons:
NBC - The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Duke Ellington's Annual Birthday Celebration
Tap City – The annual NYC Tap Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street Theater, The Joyce Theater and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater/ Symphony Space
The Vancouver International Tap Festival
The Annual River to River Festival
The Apollo Theater
The Howl Festival
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
ATDF's Annual Rhythm in Motion Concert Series at the 14th Steet Y
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Manhattan Children's Museum
Queens Tap Extravaganza
Career Transitions for Dancers Gala at NYC's City Center
Long Island Children's Museum
National Dance Week, NYC
Dancewave’s “Kid’s Café” Festival
Manhattan Restoration Project
Macy's Charity Day
School and Hospital Shows in NYC & NJ
Jamming it up at Capezio
Danskin Strreet Fair
From 5-Points to Harlem in Foley Square, Manhattan
For 2014-15 Fees & Due Dates visit: TCYE Fees Important and Due Dates
For information on how and when to audition visit TCYE Auditions
There are three levels of the TCYE. Dancers are placed based on skill.
Tap City Youth Ensemble I & II: Advanced teens ages 14+
Tap City Youth Ensemble III: Int/Adv teens ages 11+
Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays
154 Christopher Street #2B