American Tap Dance Foundation
Welcome to Tap Treasures, a new program being introduced this summer at Tap City 2016, the New York City Tap Festival. It is designed to provide numerous opportunities for festival students, and the general public, to learn more about, and experience, the rich evolution of tap dance in its birthplace, New York City.
Upon arrival, participants first receive an attractive “Tap Map” identifying key locations that are important to tap’s history, as well as detailed information and a schedule for the week ahead. Each event is hosted by a local iconic tap dance figure who will share their own personal relationship to tap, while also presenting historic and related information through fun interactive discussions, film clips, classes or performances.
On Monday, July 11th, the uptown tour begins in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theater where participants take a tap specific private tour of the theater. We end up on the stage and everyone gets a chance to perform the "Shim Sham" and the “Coles Stroll” in honor of the late Charles “Honi” Coles who created the dance. That evening everyone then meets at the Circle Line Marina, Pier 83, to embark on our annual Copasetic Boat Ride and Jam where additional festivities continue as we celebrate the legacy of the amazing Copasetics.
On Tuesday evening July 12th at 7pm, there will be a candid conversation with Broadway choreographer Randy Skinner at the Duke on 42nd Street about the “The New 42nd Street” and the restoration of seven historic theaters (with a focus on the Liberty Theatre and the New Amsterdam Theater), where numerous tap dance luminaries started their careers, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Bill Robinson, Ray Bolger and Ruby Keeler.
Participants then attend the Tap City Awards Show, also at the Duke on 42nd Street, where we will present the 2016 Hoofer, Tap Preservation and International Hall of Fame Awards and celebrate the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance archives at the Lincoln Center's New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
On Wednesday evening, July 13th at 7pm we begin our tour at the former Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center where we will present a short video about the history of the space followed by a personal reflection by tap master Brenda Bufalino and a reunion of former American Tap Dance Orchestra dancers. They will dance a bit and talk about their own memories of the tap dancers that taught and danced there, and the productions that occurred while in the space. Brenda Bufalino and the American Tap Dance Orchestra operated the center from 1989-1995 and it became the model for most of the current programs produced year-round by the ATDF today.
After that, Tap Treasures participants will stroll by what was once the Village Gate (another venue that presented a lot of tap dancers and tap production in the 1970’s & 80’s) and then finally end up at the American Tap Dance Center where Jane Goldberg (once known as the tap goddess of the lower east side) will share stories about the Village Gate followed by a cake and champagne reception in celebration of 30 years as a tap dance organization!
On Thursday, July 14th, participants are invited to attend one of the two Tap Treasures Shows, again at the Duke on 42nd Street, and on Friday, July 15th, 150 festival students will be presented in Tap it Out at Foley Square in the area that was once known as the 5 Points District and the birthplace of tap.
At the conclusion of the festival, participants receive a flash drive containing numerous related images, bios, videos and additional information to take home, share and enjoy with their own community, dance studio and family.
"Tap Treasures reinvestigates and revisits eight historic locations in Manhattan that contributed to the evolution of tap dance. As we celebrate an almost forgotten history of this fascinating art form, let us not forget the people, the places and events that have influenced, perpetuated and molded our very own American art-form Tap Dance, born and raised right here in New York City.” Tony Waag, Artistic Director & Producer
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TAP TREASURES TOUR - UPTOWN
Apollo Theater (11am – 12noon)
253 West 125th Street (Betw Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd & Frederick Douglas Blvd)
Specialized tap dance tour of the theater that culminates on stage as we perform the famous "Coles Stroll"
in honor of the late great Charles "Honi" Coles.
Festivities continue with a cruise around Manhattan, special Tap Treasure presentations, surprise guests
and a public tap "Jam" accompanied by a live jazz trio.
TAP TREASURES TOUR - MIDTOWN
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Participants meet for a candid conversation with Broadway choreographer Randy Skinner as we reinvestigate the history of tap dance on 42nd Street.
will be presented and Tap legends will be inducted into the INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE HALL OF FAME.
Film presentation by Tony Waag followed by a personal reflection by Brenda Bufalino
culminating with an impromptu dance and reunion of former members of the American Tap Dance Orchestra.
The Village Gate (8pm)
A quick stop to discuss one of New York's greatest nightclubs which hosted and featured an amazing roster of tap productions and dancers.
229 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Located in lower Manhattan in an area once known as the 5 Points District, where tap dance was born, students of all ages and levels,
join to create a chorus of hundreds of tapping feet. Tap it Out is a contemporary percussion and movement “soundscape”
that promotes TAP DANCE as pure music.