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Youth & Teen Classes Descriptions & Schedule 2018-2019

 

ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America’s own indigenous art form – Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.


All Classes held at: 
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street #2B
(betw Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Visit: Student/Parent Information Page for up to date information

Visit: News & Events for an upcoming schedule

Visit: Tap City Youth Ensemble for exciting performance opportunities teens ages 9 - 18.
Visit: Tap City for July Festival Youth Programs

Visit: Tap Camps for (1 - 5) Day Youth Tap Camps

Also Visit:

Adult Classes for Teen and Adult Classes

 

For more information contact us at shebach@atdf.org  or call the ATDF at 646-230-9564

 

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD in the ATDF YOUTH PROGRAM

 

New students to our program are placed in classes based on their level of training.  Beginners with no experience are placed in either Young Rhythm Makers, or Tap Fundamentals 1, based on age of the student.  For students with previous experience, we require setting up an assessment with faculty, so we can suggest the correct class level for your child.  Or, new students can attend a scheduled open house where we do assessments.  Click here for Open House schedule.  Please call our office directly for more information or to set up an assessment:  646-230-9564. 

 

What makes our classes different?
The ATDF classes offer children and teens a chance to become immersed in tap culture.  Classes focus on the fundamentals of rhythm tap, including clean technique, classic and contemporary tap repertory, and improvisation skills. Tap history, films, jazz music, and special guests deepen students' appreciation of this great American art form. 


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

Young Rhythm Makers

Section 1/2: No experience necessary. Our younger dancers concentrate on learning basic tap technique and music concepts through games and exercises.

 

Section 2: At least one year previous experience. We continue to build on previous skills and vocabulary, music concepts, all through fun and creative tap games and exercises.


Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1/2

4.5-5.5

Sat/10:15-11:15

Nicole Ohr

1/2

4.5-5.5

Fri/3:45-4:45

Emma Butensky

 

Tap Fundamentals:  levels 1- 3

Tap Fundamentals 1 is the place to begin, for new students age 7 & up, with no previous tap experience.  Students will find the “fun” in fundamental basics! Dancers concentrate on learning the basic vocabulary of tap dance, explore music concepts and beginning improvisation.  We learn how to warm up, travel across the floor, and combine different basic steps to make combinations.  

Tap Fundamentals 2-3 are for dancers that have had previous tap experience, perhaps 1-2 years of experience. All fundamentals are explored and strengthened in these levels.

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1
5-6
Sat/10:15-11:15
Nicole Ohr

1

6-8

Sat/10:30-11:30

Rachel Binney

1

8-10

Mon/4:00-5:00

Craig Fuchs

1

5-6

Mon/4:00-5:00

Nicole Ohr

2

6-8

Tues/4:00-5:00

Raquel Valiente

2

9-11

Wed/4:45-5:45

Ann Dragich

2/3

9-12

Sat/11:15-12:15

Nicole Ohr

3

8-11

Tues/4:00-5:00

Craig Fuchs

 

Shim Sham Crew:  levels 1-3

This level is for students with one to four years tap training. Classes continue to build solid tap technique in a fun and supportive environment. Exercises, improvisation skills, and simple combinations give a foundation for learning tap repertory in higher levels. Students are placed according to tap level, age and motor skills. Students are introduced to more complex ideas and technique, such as time steps, and the early classic dances such as the “Shim Sham”.  Students continue to build on skills, explore music concepts and basic improvisation.  All dancers in this level will learn elements of the Shim Sham and Coles Stroll, as well as unique combinations and dances.

 

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1

8-10

Sat/11:30-12:30

Rachel Binney

1

10-12

Tues/5:00-6:00

Raquel Valiente

1

8-10

Wed/3:45-4:45

Ann Dragich

2

8-11

Thurs/4:00-5:00

Arleigh Rothenberg

 

Copasetic Club:  levels 1- 4/Teen

Students at this level have mastered beginning tap skills and are ready to learn tap repertory.  Students progress forward in tap technique, improvisation skills and classic repertory passed down from a rich tap legacy.  Focus for these levels is to learn 2 dances of the Copasetics,  The “Coles Stroll” and the “Shim Sham”, and explore the technique and choreography of the masters, by learning elements/parts of other traditional Copasetic dances such as the “BS Chorus”, Soft Shoe, and paddle and roll variations.  Students at this level move progressively toward mastering all basic time steps, being able to perform the “Coles Stroll”, “Shim Sham”.

 

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1

8-10

Sat/12:30-1:30

Megan Bartula

1

8-10

Fri/3:45-4:45

Megan Bartula

2

9-12

Sat/ 12:15-1:15

Yoko Kono

3

12+

Thurs/5:00-6:00

Arleigh Rothenberg

 

Time Steps and Traditions: 1- 2 & 3

Syncopation and swing are the inspiration here, as we focus on further development of technique, learning a myriad of both classic rhythm time steps from the masters such as Bill Robinson, Leon Collins, Cookie Cook, and original time steps to different grooves and music.  Students will be given the opportunity to explore creating time steps of their own.  The classic dance of this section is the “BS Chorus” which features some flash steps, which means exploring those exciting moves such as “wings”, “over the tops”, and “trenches”! 

 

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1

11+

Sat/1:30-2:45

Megan Bartula

1

10-13

Mon/5:00-6:15

Nicole Ohr

2

9-12

Sat/1:30-2:45

Yoko Kono

3

9-11

Thurs/4:00-5:15

Susan Hebach

3

TBD

Fri/4:45-6:00

Tamii Sakurai

 

Hoofers and Hitters: 1-3

This year we only have level 1

Rhythm and style!  Students at this level have mastered  a variety of times steps, paddle and roll variations, and learned several dances in the Copasetic tradition.  This level concentrates on exploring the steps and styles and legacy of dance masters such as Leon Collins, Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, and Carnell Lyons.  Students will further explore higher music and improvisation concepts;  paddle and roll and clean double time technique, and tapping in a variety of grooves and music styles.  

 

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

1

12+

Fri/4:45-6:00

Megan Bartula



Tap City Youth Ensemble

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. 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 Sakurai.

 

Section

Day/Time

TCYE  I

Sunday

2:15pm—5:45pm

TCYE II

Sunday

11:00am—2:00pm

TCYE III

Sunday

11:00am-2:00pm


Tap City Junior Ensemble

The Tap City Junior Ensemble gives advanced beginner & intermediate tap dancers ages 9 - 13 the opportunity to learn classic and contemporary tap repertory as well as work with guest choreographers. The Ensemble is directed by Susan Hebach, Emma Butensky and Yoko Kono. TCJE meets weekly in rehearsal withTCYE faculty to prepare for performances in New York City.

 

Section

Age

Day/Time

Instructor

TCJE II

9-12

Sun/3:30-5:00

Emma Butensky

TCJE Prep

8-12

Sat/3:00-4:30

Yoko Kono


Absolute Beginner , Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Advanced Beginning Repertory for Teens & Adults - See: Adult Classes


For more information contact us at shebach@atdf.org  or call the ATDF at 646-230-9564