American Tap Dance
Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street #2B
New York, NY
Artistic / Executive
646-230-9564 Ext. 2804
Director of Youth Programs & TCYE
646-230-9564 Ext. 2802
646-230-9564 Ext. 2805
646-230-9564 Ext. 2803
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- No video
taping, audio taping, or photo taking during classes, rehearsals or
- You may
bring a bottle of water into the studios. No food or drinks in the studios
except for designated lunch events or areas.
- Sorry - no
observers allowed in any of the studios. (The guests you may see are VIPs)
- Please no tapping in the
SAFETY: Do not leave your possessions unattended,
ever. The American Tap Dance Foundation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or
damaged personal property. Do not bring valuables to the studios or theater.
Leave them at home or locked in a hotel safe.
HEALTH & INJURY PREVENTION: Make this an
optimal learning experience for yourself. Pace your self, drink lots of water,
stretch out before and after classes, don't dance into pain, and pay attention
FOOT CARE & BLISTER PREVENTION: Do not make the
mistake of wearing new tap shoes to class. To avoid blisters, break in new shoes before you come to class. You will probably be dancing
more hours and more intensely than you do usually, and many students get
blisters even with normally comfortable, broken in tap shoes. Use band-aids,
medical tape and moleskin (all available at any drugstore) to prevent blisters
before they start.
GENERAL FAQ FOR ALL STUDENTS
What's the difference between a master
class and a residency?
A master class meets
once. In the 4-Day Adult Residencies students work for 4 days
with a choreographer, at the same time period, to learn a work of tap repertory
that will be performed at the All Student Showcase, Thursday evening, July 8.
For more information about the Residencies and the Showcase please see the
Performance Opportunities page on this web site.
How do I know what level I
Adult Program and Master Classes, see the description of Levels below. In the
Adult Program, students select their level. In the TCYE Program,
advanced students are selected by audition. In the Youth Program students
will be placed in the appropriate group for their skill level based on their
I'm not sure how to choose the right
program for myself - any pointers?
All of our teachers are great, so in the
Adult Program select a schedule based on your budget, time availability, level
and stamina. Read over the website and faculty bios, so that you have a good
sense of our offerings. Make sure to select the appropriate
levels for your class choices. The Adult Program and Master Class schedule is
designed to give adult students many choices in selecting a range of styles and
a satisfying learning experience. Contact us if you need more
Adult Program and Master Class Levels
(listed in order of most challenging to easiest):
ADV: Fast moving or challenging classes
for advanced and professional tap dancers.
MIX: Mixed level classes for intermediate
& advanced. Students will work at their own level. Material taught may allow
students to work more deeply on moderately paced or challenging
INT: Easy paced intermediate classes for
students who are comfortable with the basics, time steps, paddle & roll, and
are ready for moderately challenging choreography.
ADV BEG: Advanced Beginning classes for
students who are comfortable with flaps, shuffles, time steps, paddle &
roll. Excellent choice for dancers with just a few years experience or older
dancers who want to learn at an easy pace.
BEG: Beginning level classes for students
who already know flaps and shuffles and are ready to learn fun and easy
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER: If you’ve always wanted to try tap,
this is your chance. No experience necessary, some loaner tap shoes available.
If you can walk, you can tap.
I think I'm advanced, but I'm not
our classes labeled ADV are fast moving or challenging classes for tap dancers
with a high level of rhythm tap training and performance experience. Advanced
level classes in our Youth Program are as challenging as
advanced classes in the Adult Program. If you have attended and felt satisfied
by advanced classes in a major tap festival, or upper level adult tap classes at
a New York studio such as Broadway Dance Center or Steps on Broadway, then the
ATDF's advanced classes are the right level for you.
I think I’m intermediate or advanced
beginner, but I’m not sure:
Intermediate level classes are
for dancers who are solidly comfortable with all of the basics of flaps,
shuffles, shuffle-off-to-Buffalo, paddle ‘n’ roll, and time steps, and are ready
for the next challenge. Intermediate classes teach material at a more moderate
pace. Still not sure if you should choose intermediate or advanced? Here’s a
guide: if you enjoy a challenge and working above your level, chose advanced.
If you prefer learning at an easier pace and feeling that you are able to
perfect steps in class, chose intermediate. Advanced Beginner level is an
excellent choice for dancers who know the basics and have a few years experience
or older dancers who want to learn at an easy pace.
I'm an older tap dancer, are there some
slower paced comfortable classes for me?
The Advanced Beginner Level is a great
choice—the majority of the class will probably be over age 30. Intermediate Level and Mixed Level classes are
also good choices. If you only have a little tap experience try the Beginning
Level courses. And if you've never tapped at all try the Intro tap
What if I want to register, but I cannot
get into the classes that I want?
All the classes are exciting and our
teachers are wonderful. You will benefit from any selection. Select an alternate
class or contact one of our Directors for advice on placement in another
class. Next year, be sure to get your registration in early.
Do you have a wait list for
- if your choice is sold out, please select another class or contact us for
I have 2 or 3 children, is there a family
discount on classes?
There is no discount on classes, but
families of dancers only pay one Family Registration Fee, which covers one
student under 19 plus her siblings and parents (a savings of up to $30 per
dancer). Make sure to register early!
What if I don't like a class that I have signed up for?
May I switch to a different class?
Please select your classes carefully. Students in the Youth Program may
request a change on the first day ONLY, and before the second day of
classes begin, providing there is room in the alternate course of your
choice. Once you have attended your first class in any of our programs
and you find that you have chosen the wrong level, please follow these
- Adult students should speak to the registrar about switching.
- TCYE and Youth Program students speak to our Youth Education
Director Susan Hebach.
FAQ FOR PARENTS AND YOUNG STUDENTS:
Do parents wait at the dance studio, or
can I drop my child off?
Due to the size of the wait room, drop-off
is preferred. Children may be collected after their last class of the day. For
parents arriving late for pick-up, your child will be escorted to the wait area
provided. We are not responsible for children left unattended outside of the
Youth Program hours.
Can I be sure that my child is safe on
Rest assured that we do everything to keep
track of your special dancer.
Dancers in the Youth
Programs are permitted to leave the building only with their parent/guardian.
Each classroom will have a sign on the door letting your dancer know where
he/she is supposed to be for each class, and there are lots of friendly Interns
to help youngsters along. Attendance is taken for each class, and students are
I am OK with my child leaving the
building, is that permitted?
If your dancer is allowed to be left on
their own, he/she must be responsible and aware of his/her schedule,
class and event locations and times. Parents will need to sign the "Youth Sign
Out" sheet for those who are permitted to leave the building on their own.
What about snacks and
Healthy snacks, fruit juices, water, energy bars
etc. for a long day of dancing are available in our lobby.
Whom should I tell my child has a medical
problem or condition?
Please inform all of your child's
instructors before each class, as to her/his specific needs, or instruct your
child to do so.
Can I get discounted classes or family
the last few questions in the FAQ section above.
What if my child doesn't like his/her
the last few questions in the FAQ section above. We make every attempt to make
sure that your child is placed correctly. Children who feel that they have
signed up for a class that is too difficult, may be moved to an alternate class
or level providing there is space in that class. Dancers are not permitted to
switch classes for any other reason. The Registrar can only consider a possible
change, immediately before or after the 1st class has been