Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program

The American Tap Dance Foundation is accepting students into our Tap Teacher Training Program, based in the Copasetic Canon, culminating in a 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
Bufalino repertory and exercises

Classic repertory and execises


jazz music concepts

tap composition & improvisation

tap history

And an expert faculty including: Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Thelma Goldberg, Susan Hebach, Lisa La Touche, Margaret Morrison, Toni Noblett and Karen Callaway Williams

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.


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

Dates for the 2019 Level 1 Training:

Monday, July 15 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC
Fall 2019 – Spring 2020: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.

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. 

Dates for the 2019 Level 2 Training:

Tuesday, July 16 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC
Fall 2019 – Spring 2020: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.

Level 3 Training and Certificate

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


Level 3 will not be offered in 2019

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.

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