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About Our Graduates


ATDF Tap Teacher Trainees are a diverse group of women and men from all over the United States and many countries from across the globe. About half were brand new to ATDF programs, and half had studied with us, performed with us, or worked for us, some for many years. The group of graduates include both advanced level tappers and intermediate dancers. They range from relatively new teachers to experienced teachers who run studios and have taught several generations of students.

Some of their feedback about the Training:


“Amazing amount of useful information” “this training is wonderful . . . invaluable” “Fun!!”


“[one of the best parts was] the feeling of being part of the tradition and passing it on as a teacher”


“[Session 1] was fast and furious but so fun and challenging—a good thing.”


“I so enjoyed coming back after my six months of teaching [for Session 3]. I felt empowered, validated and on the right track.”

And how they felt about the ATDF TTT Faculty:


“Brenda was absolutely wonderful. She brought historical context to all of the Copasetic material which gave it more meaning.”


“Barbara Duffy is a gem!”


“Thelma Goldberg’s rudiments for young beginners is fantastic”


“Susan gave me  enough musical material to last a couple of years . . . Great practical info”

“I so enjoy Susan’s passion”


“Margaret’s history classes were amazing! I really enjoyed the simple improv exercises … no one felt “put on the spot.”


“[Toni Noblett]: terrific, imaginative—tons of brilliant ideas”

Congratulations to our Level 1 Graduates:

Betsie Andrews, Kansas
Magaly Azuara, Mexico
Daniel Bayer, Connecticut
Patricia Carillo, Brazil
Kate Cavenagh, Connecticut
Maureen Dicker, New Jersey
Ann Dragich, NYC
Craig Fuchs, New Jersey
Malin Grahn, Finland
Asha Griffith, New Jersey
Rita Hamilton, NYC
Roxanne Higbee, Kansas
Giovanna La Vecchia, Italy
Jennifer Lillie, Oregon
Amy Lintunen, Canada
Nicole Ohr, NYC
Tamii Sakurai, NYC
Germaine Salsberg, NYC
Ulla Sandin Gylling, Sweden
Kim Sheppard, Virginia
Brynn Shiovitz, California


About the Copasetics

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Teacher Training Workshops

Short enrichment workshops open to all Tap Dance Teachers. Join us for a sampling of Copasetic Curriculum and new rhythm tap ideas to bring to your tap students. Recommended for Intermediate and Advanced tap dancers who teach.

Level 1 Training and Certificate

Covers teaching beginning tap students (children age 6+, teen and adult students) and foundational concepts based in the Copasetic Canon for all rhythm tap teaching. All new Trainees start with the Level 1 Training. Applicants are accepted based on video audition and application.”

Level 2 Training and Certificate

Covers teaching fast beginner to advanced beginner tap dancers (children, teen and adult students), continues with Copasetic Canon repertory and concepts, and provides a deeper exploration of tap artistry and expert rhythm tap teaching skills. Pre-requisite: the Level 2 Training is open to all students who attended the Level 1 Training.

Levels 3 Training and Certificate

Covers skills for teaching intermediate and advanced tap dancers and provides deeper exploration of rhythm tap artistry. Pre-requisite: successful completion of Level 1 & Level 2 Certificates.

Pre-Tap and Early Learners Training and Certificate

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

Faculty and Directors

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