Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program

Starting in Summer 2014, the American Tap Dance Foundation will accept students into our newly developed Tap Teacher Training Program, based in the Copasetic Canon, culminating in a Level 1 Certificate. This program is for tap dance teachers and advanced dancers who wish to become teachers. The Training provides a comprehensive approach to teaching rhythm tap technique, repertory, and performance skills.

Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program includes:

tap technique

Copasetic Canon repertory


music concepts, tap composition, improvisation

tap history

The Copasetic Canon is rooted in the tap technique and repertory, the musical and compositional concepts, and the jazz culture passed down to us from the Copasetics, an ensemble of tap soloists of the Golden Age of Tap. The Copasetics were a performance group and social club, formed in memory of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who coined the phrase “Everything is Copasetic.” This material, combined with the artistic vision and teachings of Brenda Bufalino, has been adapted by Susan Hebach into a clear approach to teaching youth, teen and adult students at the American Tap Dance Center. Under the direction of Margaret Morrison and Hebach, the Copasetic Canon curriculum is now available to teachers who want a technically solid approach to teaching rhythm tap that provides a rich immersion in swing and bebop jazz musicality and a foundation for 21st century tap dance explorations.

About the Copasetics

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Level 1 Training and Certificate (offered in 2014-2015)

Covers teaching beginning and fast beginning tap students (children age 6+, teen and adult students). Student teachers are accepted into the Level 1 Training based on audition and application.

Dates for the 2014-2015 Level 1 Training:

Sunday, July 13 – Sunday, July 20, 2014: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC

Fall 2014 – Winter 2015: Students complete mentored independent work in their home communities

Sunday, February 15 – Tuesday, 17, 2015: Students return to ATDC for 3-day intensive and exams

Levels 2 - 4 Training and Certificates (not offered in 2014-15)

Covers teaching advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced tap dancers. Pre-requisite: successful completion of Level 1 Certificate.

Pre-Tap and Early Learners Training and Certificate (not offered in 2014-15)

Creative movement curriculum for children ages 3 ½ + emphasizing rhythm games and music exercises to prepare young dancers for tap.

Faculty and Directors


Fees, Deadlines, Application and Scholarships