History

 

AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION, INC.

Formerly the American Tap Dance Orchestra, the company was originally created, choreographed and directed by master tap dancer Brenda Bufalino and founded by Ms. Bufalino along with Tony Waag, and the late Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in 1986 as a tax exempt 501c3 charitable organization. From 1986 through 1999, the Orchestra performed in hundreds of concert, stage, and film projects and thrilled audiences around the world. From 1989 to 1995, the company also operated Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in New York City, and presented year-round programming of performances, workshops, daily classes for adults and children, tap jams, lectures, and film presentations. 

In 2002, with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed, and under the direction of Tony Waag, renewed its vision of establishing the first-ever Center for Tap, -- an international home for dancers, based in New York City.

 

                 

1996 - 2005

2006 - 2015

2016 - Present

List of Activities 1986 - 1995

Feb. 24, 1986
Tap Jam & Presentation

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
Presentation with the Amy Duncan Trio and guest tap dancers Charles "Cookie" Cook, Halk Hawkins, and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

June, 1986
Presentation/Video Taping

Michael Bennett Studios (890 Broadway)
Prior to ATDO's first performance for the Harbor Festival in Battery Park, an informal video taping with an invited audience was presented. 12 dancers, 2 vocalists, 4 musicians, & guest artists: Charles "Cookie" Cook, Buster Brown and Tina Pratt.

July 4, 5, 6, 1986
Harbor Festival

Six performances at the Battery Park
Salute to the Statue of Liberty. ATDO performed out of doors before audiences of thousands. Guest soloists included the late Charles "Cookie" Cook, the late Buster Brown and Tina Pratt.

Sept. 28, 1986
42nd Street River to River Festival

Tap Jam from the steps of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42ndStreet
The orchestra performed on a specially designed tap stage as part of the opening ceremonies of the 42nd Street Festival. They were joined during the performance by Ginger Rogers.

March 13 15, 1987
The Hudson Guild Theatre

The Four Seasons/Jazz Version
A premiere performance of an adaptation of Vivaldi's tribute to nature. The Four Seasons/Jazz Version captured the many styles of jazz music and tap dancing superimposed against the changing moods of the seasons. Directed by Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward Cornell, original music by Grammy Award winner Benny Golson, Choreography by Ms. Bufalino, and starring Charles "Honi" Coles.

May, 1987
OBIE Awards

The ATDO was one of two artistic groups asked to perform during this prestigious Off Broadway award show at the Ritz Theatre. They performed two numbers.

July 28, 1987
New York Telephone Jazz Festival

Two lunch time performances out of doors at New York Telephone Plaza.
Part of an annual jazz series.

August 8, 1987
Lincoln Center "Out of Doors" Festival

The ATDO was a major element in an entire day devoted to tap, performing a panoply of dances in front of the Lincoln Center fountain in the main plaza.

Dec. 5, 7, 1987
The Cotton Club Benefit Performance

This black tie event, held at the legendary Cotton Club featured guest performances by some of America's great tap masters including Jimmy Slyde and the Copasetics. Other performers included Bill Irwin, Michael Mochen, Bob Berky, Robert Duvall, and Jazz pianist Barry Harris. The event was co chaired by Charles "Honi" Cole and Tommy Tune. The December 5th performance was created and designed specifically with students in mind. Reaching a younger audience introducing them to Jazz Rhythm Tap.

April 16, 1988
Wilson Concert Hall

A full length tap concert at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. This two hour performance included the premiere of two new works : "That's Jazz Suite" and "Inspired by Gershwin".

April 25, 1988
Tap Jam & Presentation

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
ATDO performed with Darrell Grant on piano

June 3, 1988
ATDO Presentation for Booking Agents Group

One Acting Co.,Inc. (420 West 42nd St.)
The ATDO organized a special performance in which potential agents, benefactors, and board members attended. This one hour presentation was attended by approximately 45 people with 13 agencies represented.

June 7, 1988
Tap Jam & Presentation

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
ATDO Jam with Darrell Grant on piano and Tarik Shah on Bass. Informal Clog dance performance by ATDO dancer Ira Bernstein.

June 17, 1988
Central Park "Summerstage" Series

As part of the International Festival of The Arts, the ATDO opened the Summer Stage Series at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park. The group premiered two new works, "Inspired by Gershwin" and the "All Jazz Suite", which were very well received by a large and enthusiastic crowd. The evening also included performances by Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Persuasions.

October 23, 1988
Columbus Dance Workshop

Four featured dancers from The American Tap Orchestra, performed ATDO material in a full length concert at the North High School Auditorium in Columbus, Indiana. This was a collaboration between ATDO and NYC Tapworks.

November 7, 1988
Tap Jam & Presentation

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
ATDO Jam with David Leonhardt on piano and a presentation by tap dancer Jerry Ames

November, 1988
PBS "Great Performances"

The American Tap Dance Orchestra was featured in a "Dance in America" special on tap dance for channel 13's Great Performances. This program entitled "Tap Dance in America" was aired in March of 1989. Other featured artists included Gregory Hines, Tommy Tune, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, Bunny Briggs, Sandman Simms, and Savion Glover.

Dec. 19, 1988
Tap Jam

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
Laurent De Wilde on piano, Tarik Shah on Bass, & David Jernigan on Guitar.

Jan. 30, 1989
Tap Jam & Performance

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
ATDO showcased new works by choreographer Brenda Bufalino then hosted an open jam. Guest artists included Buster Brown and Chuck Green. Jim Roberts on the piano.

March 17, 1989
Airing of PBS "Great Performances"
(See November 1988)

March 20, 1989
Tap Jam

Tap Works Studio (611 Broadway #624)
Hosted by ATDO, this open tap jam was a send off and goodbye to Tap Works Studio.

April 8, 1989
2nd Annual NYC Festival of Percussive Dance

The ATDO was featured in this full length concert produced by Ten Toe Percussion at Symphony SpaceTheatre, NYC.Other artists included soloists Brenda Bufalino, Keith Terry and Ira Bernstein.

April 15, 1989
29th Annual Metropolitan Opera Ball

Benefit for the Metropolitan Opera Assoc.
ATDO was the featured talent for this gala honoring the USA and its contributions to music and opera at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, NYC.

May 5, 1989
"Touch, Turn, Return"

Choreographer Brenda Bufalino and Composer Carman Moore collaborated on this contemporary tap concerto created for the ATDO ensemble and premiered it at Judson Memorial Church, NYC.

May 8, 1989
LAMBDA Benefit

An evening commemorating Lambda Legal Defense and educational Fund, Inc., its 15th Anniversary celebration presented at Town Hall, NYC.

May 22, 1989
Lecture & Demonstration

Funded by the Queens Council on the Arts, the ATDO presented an hour lecture and performance at P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens, Queens.

May 22, 1989
National Tap Dance Day

ATDO members were among guests to perform at a benefit for Black Patty Project, a New York City organization that preserves rare footage of Jazz in Film.

June 13, 1989
Press Party

The American Tap Dance Orchestra was invited to perform at LOLA Restaurant which inspired a series of tap performances on Friday and Saturday evenings in August and September by other local tap soloists and companies.

June 21, 1989
"Fete de la Musique"

Out door concert in celebration of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution. Presented by The New York International Festival of the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Guest artists with the ATDO: Dianne Walker, Jimmy Slyde, and Savion Glover.

June 21, 1989
National Fitness Foundation Awards

ATDO was the featured performing group for this benefit for the National Fitness Foundation at the Grand Ballroom in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC.

Sept. 3, 1989
Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon

ATDO was flown to Las Vegas, Nevada to perform live on National television for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sept. 9 & 10, 1989
Atlanta Arts Festival

ATDO opened the 1989 Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in Piedmont Park. Two full length evening concerts.

Sept. 18, 1989
World Trade Center Plaza

ATDO's second performance presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Summer series of Popular Dance.

Sept. 20-21, 1989
American Movie Classics

Members of the ATDO performed for an industrial convention in Columbus, Ohio to promote American Movie Classics. Two days of a series of 15 min. vignettes.

Oct. 3 & 4, 1989
American Movie Classics

Members of the ATDO performed for an industrial convention in Atlantic City. (see above)

October 27, 1989
Lecture & Demonstration Augusta, Maine

ATDO lectured and performed at Cony High School for 800 students and then presented a full length concert in the evening.

Oct. 27 28, 1989
Augusta, Maine

A full length evening concert presented by the University of Augusta, and a children's lecture demonstration at Coney High School.

Nov. 20, 1989
Sarasota Aids Support Center Benefit Sarasota, Florida

Benefit for Aids research with Tommy Tune, Charles "Honi" Coles, Luci Arnez, Marvin Hamlisch, Roberta Peters, and Marilyn Johnson.

WOODPECKERS DANCE CENTER

From 1989 to 1995, the ATDO operated Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in Soho, which quickly became recognized as a vital force in advancing tap artistry. The center presented year-round programming of performances, workshops and master classes, daily classes for adults and children, tap jams, lectures, video archive presentations and visual arts exhibitions. It was the training ground for many of today’s leading tap dancers and also became a model for numerous tap dance studios, organizations and dance programs all over the world.

 

Nov. 10 12, 1989

Workshop with the Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

3 day series of professional master classes taught by Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Buster Brown, Cookie Cook, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, and Barbara Duffy.

Nov. 11, 1989

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Improvisational event attended by tap dancers, professional and amateur, teachers, students, guest artists, and musicians. Open to the general public. Jim Roberts on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

Nov. 12, 1989

Film Presentation

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

An evening presentation of rare tap dance footage compiled by film historian and archivist Ernie Smith.

Dec. 16, 1989

ATDO Benefit & Presentation

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO organized a Christmas party to benefit its new home. Performance included ATDO repertory and solo material by Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino. Jim Roberts on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

Dec. 18th, 1989

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above description) Monthly Jam with Darrell Grant on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

Jan 13-14, 1990

University of Richmond

Two full length concerts presented by the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Feb 3, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performed current repertory and works in progress. Jim Roberts on piano.

Feb 10, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performances continued with featured pianist Amina Claudine Myers.

May 5, 1990

Lecture & Demonstration Children's Museum Brooklyn, New York

The ATDO was presented by Dance Giant Steps Inc., and performed for children.

May 5, 12, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performances continued with Alki Steriopoulos on piano and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

May 14 - June 13, 1990

Classes in Harlem

Members of the ATDO were hired to teach in four different schools in District 5, Harlem, NYC. Produced by Dancing In The Streets, Inc., This project was designed to select 10 students to perform in piece choreographed by Savion Glover at the legendary Apollo Theater.

May 21, 1990

Julia Richmond High School

A collaborative event between ATDO staff, Flobert, Ltd., and other members of the NYC Chapter of the International Tap Assoc. This event was in celebration of National Tap Dance Day and honored the Copasetics.

May 25, 1990

City Hall Park

An out door performance and awards ceremony organized by the ATDO, the ITA and Flobert, Ltd. to receive official proclamation for National Tap Dance Day.

June 7, 1990

Children's Show

ATDO performed in the annual "Lets Make a Dream Concert" co sponsored by The Association for a Better New York and Arts Connection for 2500 children at Lehman College in the Bronx, NYC.

June 13, 1990

School Assembly at IS 10

ATDO presented their Harlem students and performed along with Savion Glover, Buster Brown, and Cookie Cook. ATDO then held an audition for the performance at the Apollo.

June 16, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performs current repertory and works in progress with Jim Roberts on piano and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

June 19th, 1990

Grand Central Terminal

Two noon performances by the ATDO produced by MTA (Manhattan Transit Authority) in NYC's Grand Central Terminal.

July 2, 1990

Apollo Theatre "A Night of Tap at the Apollo"

Produced by Dancing In The Streets. ATDO performed along with Gregory Hines, Charles "Honi" Coles and the Copasetics, Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Sandman Simms, The Silver Bells and others.

July 8, 1990

Dance Masters of America

Awards ceremony at the Grande Hyatt ballroom, NYC. Special award given to Charles "Honi" Coles.

July 25, 1990

Children's Program

ATDO made a 30 minute presentation in a program for kids sponsored by The National Dance Institute at City Center, NYC.

Sept 21 - Oct 6, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's first performance "series" presenting current works in progress and repertory.

Oct 2, 1990

Fete' de Famille

Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino and Executive Director Tony Waag performed for annual AIDS benefit at Mortimer’s Restaurant organized by board member Bobby Short.

Oct 11, 1990

The New Yorker Club

Benefit performance by the ATDO for the United Negro Foundation, the Korean WMCA in Fleshing, NY, & A Better Chance (a minority Business Men organization).

Oct 31, 1990

The Intrepid Museum

The ATDO performed to benefit VETCO a local organization addressing the needs and views of our veterans of war.

Nov 8, 1990

Benefit Performance at Woodpeckers

An ATDO function with guests performances by board members Gregory Hines and Sean Young.

Nov 9 - Dec 2, 1990

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's second performance "series". These (12) performances were considered the company's first New York Season.

Dec 17, 1990

The Village Gate

The ATDO performed to benefit The Steve Condos Scholarship/Emergency Fund along with Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Chuck Green, and a host of other master tap dancers.

 

WOODPECKERS DANCE CENTER

Jan. 26 28, 1990 

Workshop with the Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's second series of master classes incorporating related dance forms: Appalachian Clog, Slapstick & Comedy, and African Ritual Dance of the Congo. Teaching staff included Bill Irwin, Ira Bernstein, Bernadine Jennings, Bernard Manners, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Barbara Duffy, & Robin Tribble.

Jan. 26, 1990

Film Presentation

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

An evening film presentation of a special collection of dance films: Crazy Feet Eccentric and comic footage by renowned tap and jazz archivist Ernie Smith.

Jan. 27, 1990

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above description) Monthly Jam with Darrell Grant on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

Feb. 3, 1990

ATDO Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performed current repertory and works in progress. Jim Roberts on piano.

Feb. 10, 1990

ATDO Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performed with featured pianist Amina Claudine Myers.

Feb. 17, 1990

Brenda Bufalino

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents solo performance by Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino with guest artist Amina Claudine Myers on piano.

Feb. 24, 1990

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above description) Monthly Jam with Robert Bargad on piano and Ben Wolf on Bass.

Feb. 24,25, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Four master classes taught by Steve Condos, produced by Manhattan Tap and sponsored by the ATDO.

March 11, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

First of a series of meetings with artists, writers, dancers, musicians, etc... Designed to create a spirit of unity and inspire collaborations within the Arts Community.

March 17, 1990

Brenda Bufalino

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

A repeat solo performance by Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino with guest pianist Amina Claudine Myers.

March 17 & 18, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

2 days of master classes taught by Eddie Brown. Produced by Manhattan Tap and sponsor by the ATDO.

March 22 & 29, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO sponsored two master classes presented by cast members of "Black & Blue". This was a benefit for Broadway Cares which raises money for people with AIDS.

March 24, 1990

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above description) Monthly Jam with Jill McManus on piano and Peter Barshay on Bass.

March 25, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above)

March 31, 1990

Pat Tony y noT taP

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented a evening of song and tap dance created by Executive Director Tony Waag and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

April 1, 1990

Broadway Cares

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Benefit Cast members of "Black and Blue" performed in an evening concert to raise money for people with Aids. Organized by Ken Roberson and sponsored by the ATDO.

April 6 - 30, 1990

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presented its first Art exhibit with paintings by artists Jebah Baum, Nini Bibow, Moses Hoskins, and Taher Shafie.

April 7, 1990

Pat Tony y not taP

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(repeat performance/see above)

April 8, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above)

April 28, 1990

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Monthly Jam with guest artist Charles "Cookie" Cook and David Leonhardt on piano.

April 29, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above)

April 29, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Master classes taught by Appalachian Clog dancer Ira Bernstein. Sponsored by the ATDO.

May 1 - 30, 1990

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented sculptures by artist Bill Wixon.

May 5, 12, 1990

ATDO Performances

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performances continued with Alki Steriopoulos on piano and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

May 6, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above)

May 19, 1990

Benefit for Studio

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performed to raise money to continue renovation of its studios. ATDO repertory and solo work by Executive Director Tony Waag and vocalist Pat Tortorici. Alki Stereopoulos on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

May 26, 1990

National Tap Dance Day

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Programs (10 am Noon) The ATDO produced a program for children. The performers included the students at Woodpeckers, the Tap Kids U.S.A., Aristaccato,The LeTang Dancers, and the Harbor Tap Company. (2 pm 4 pm) The ATDO held an open rehearsal for the public with lecture and demonstration by Brenda Bufalino. Jim Roberts on piano. (6 pm) The ATDO hosted a screening of "Essentials of Tap", a video tape featuring Charles "Cookie" Cook, Brenda Bufalino, and Kevin Ramsey. (9 pm Midnight) ATDO hosted its monthly Tap Jam. Jill McManus on piano and Jeff Carney on Bass.

June 1 - 30, 1990

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented paintings and monoprints by Sandra Applebaum and masks by Deborah Christian.

June 2, 1990

Tap into the Nineties

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented a tap show choreographed by Jeff Edmond.

June 3, 1990

Full Moon Cafe

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

(see above)

June 16, 1990

ATDO Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performed current repertory and works in progress with Jim Roberts on piano and vocalist Pat Tortorici.

June 22, 1990

The Carol Chaikin Group

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents its first night of Original Contemporary Jazz.

June 29, 30, 1990

The Countess Comes to Tea/Acrobrats

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presented an evening of Theater, Acrobatics, and Clowning by members of the Big Apple Circus.

July 6, 1990

The Rebecca Franks & Virginia Mayhew Quintet

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented another evening of live Jazz.

July 7, 1990

Adrienne Torf

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented a solo concert with original compositions by Jazz pianist Adrienne Torf.

July 13, 1990

Women in Tap Festival

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO produced an evening with New York City's women tap dancers. Performers included: Brenda Bufalino, Peggy Spina, Barbara Duffy, Jane Goldberg, Margaret Morrison, Lynne Jassem, Dorothy Wasserman, and Robin Tribble. Emcees, Pat Tortorici & Laraine Goodman, Amy Duncan on piano.

July 14, 1990

Fostina Dixon & Winds of Change Ensemble

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented Live Jazz music with Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino doing a solo guest appearance.

July 20 - Aug 4, 1990

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents a group show of paintings and photographs by Jebah Baum, Harry Eriksen, Lisa Gardner, Kenneth V. Gore, Moses Hoskins, Robert Kozma, Darinka Novitovic, and Andrea Speccialo.

Sept. 7 - Oct. 7, 1990

Sculpture Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents sculptures by Loren Eiferman Curated by Jebah Baum.

Sept. 14 - 16, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

With The Masters Master classes by Dianne Walker, Charles Cookie Cook, Buster Brown, Bernard Manners, Barbara Duffy, Margaret Morrison, and a special composition class by Charles "Honi" Coles.

Sept. 14, 1990

Video Screening

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Great Feats of Feet" Two hour screening of rare 1976 documentary on the Legendary Copasetics. Produced and directed by Brenda Bufalino.

Sept. 15, 1990

Rap about Tap

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Tap master Charles "Honi" Coles talks about his life and tap history. Video tapes.

Sept. 15, 1990

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's regular event.

Sept. 21 - Oct. 6, 1990

ATDO Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Series American Tap Dance Orchestra (Chamber) performs current works in progress & new works choreographed by individual members.

Sept. 23, 1990

"Billy" Tap/Mime Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Solo performance by ATDO company member Lynne Jassem.

Oct. 12,13,19, 20,26,27, 1990

The Maintenance Man

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Performance Art written and directed by Joey John with film and video.

Nov. 2 - Dec. 4, 1990

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Paintings by Michael Hoover and Jebah Baum.

Nov. 8, 1990

ATDO Benefit/Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performs with guest artists Gregory Hines and Sean Young.

Nov. 9 - Dec. 2, 1990

ATDO Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Series Current repertory and premiere of choreography by board member and tap master Charles "Honi" Coles.

Nov. 16 - 18, 1990

Workshop with the Masters Master

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Classes by Harriet Brown, Fred Strickler, Ira Bernstein, Brenda Bufalino, Gregory Hines, and Savion Glover.

Dec. 1, 2, 1990

Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Master classes taught by West coast dancer/Artistic Director of the Jazz Tap Ensemble: Lynn Dally.

Dec. 2, 1990

"Dancing In the Dark"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presents The Richard Bull Dance Theatre, Jebah Baum, and Michael Hoover in an evening performance of dance and painting.

Dec 7, 8, 1990

"East West Tap Exchange"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Brenda Bufalino & Lynn Dally perform together in concert. Jim Roberts on piano.

Dec 15, 1990

APAP Presentation

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presented selections from repertory for presenters throughout the U.S.

Dec. 16, 1990

Children’s Show

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents a recital for dance & theatre students of Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center & St. Joseph's School.

Feb 6, 1991

Jr. High School of the Performing Arts

Brenda Bufalino and the ATDO present a lecture/demo and performance.

Feb 10, 1991

Las Vegas

ATDO performs a full length concert at the Charleston Heights Arts Center.

March 12 & 13, 1991

Alice Tully Hall

Brenda Bufalino and featured members of the ATDO performed two concerts for children along with Charles "Honi" Coles, Milt Hinton, and Savion Glover.

April 5, 6 & 12, 13, 1991

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO Chamber Orchestra performs current repertory and works in progress. (4) full length concerts.

April 7, 1991

Cuneen Hackett Cultural Center

The ATDO premieres new work (untitled) with 7 additional apprentice dancers to benefit this newly renovated theatre. Other guest artists were Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

May 25, 1991

National Tap Day

ATDO will perform with others at the Norman Thomas High School Auditorium to celebrate National Tap Dance Day and honor the original "Hoofers" and Peg Leg Bates.

June 13, 1991

Benefit for the NY Eye & Ear Infirmary

New York City

June 20, 1991

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Benefit performance for LMCC where ATDO was an honoree and received a cash grant of $5,000.

June 29, 1991

Salt Lake City Utah Arts Festival

ATDO Performance

 

July 27, 1991

Dance Cleveland Cain Park

ATDO Performance

Sept 21, 1991

University of New Hampshire

ATDO Performance

Sept 26, 1991

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

ATDO Performance

Bryn Mawr College/Goodhart Hall

Oct 8, 1991

The Studio Museum of Harlem

Benefit Performance with Bobby Short.

Oct 15 - 20, 1991

The JOYCE THEATER

The ATDO performs (8) full length tap concerts with an expanded company of (14) dancers, (9) musicians, (3) vocalists, and guest artists, Carman Moore, Yvette Glover and Charles "Honi" Coles. Premieres "American Landscape" and "Buff Loves Basie Blues"

Nov 7 - 24, 1991

Mid Western Tour

(8) full length concerts in Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Dec 13, 1991

New Paltz

ATDO performs with Brenda Bufalino.

WOODPECKERS DANCE CENTER

Feb. 8 - March 6, 1991

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presents "Secret Lives", an exhibition of black and white photographs by Matthew Benson & Peter Griffin.

Feb. 16, 1991

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents regular Jam session along with a guest performance by Ted Levy.

Feb. 24, Mar. 3, and Mar. 10, 1991

The Bella Moka Series

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO and Blue Serge Productions present this series of performance pieces with Lanny Harrison, Karen Feinberg, Lynn Fisher, Betty Oliver, Moki Cherry, Steve Clorfeine, Bob Elhai, and Steve Gorn.

Feb. 22, 23, 1991

"y noT taP"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presents Tony Waag, Executive Director of ATDO & Pat Tortorici, Jazz and Rhythm/Blues Singer in evenings of tap & vocals in a fusion of musical styles.

March 15 - 17, 1991

Workshop With The Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Expanding the Form II: a weekend of Tap, Jazz, Comic movement & Percussion. Master classes by Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Margaret Morrison, Barbara Duffy, Bob Berky, and Montego Joe.

March 15, 1991

Tap Jam & Choreography Showcase

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Regular ATDO Jam with performances by dancers from NYC, Boston, & Washington D.C.

March 16, 1991

Solo Show

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Brenda Bufalino Artistic Director's one woman show with Amy Duncan on piano.

April 5, 6, 12 & 13, 1991

ATDO Performances

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO Chamber Orchestra performs current repertory and works in progress.

May 3 - June 11, 1991

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents "Don't Die", an exhibition of photographs by Swiss photographer Christer Stromholm.

May 19, 1991

Children's Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

A Tap jamming session to live Jazz for Kids ages 5 to 16. Includes performances by students at Woodpeckers.

May 23, 1991

ATDO Benefit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

An ATDO presentation and reception to benefit ATDO and Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center.

May 24, 1991

Tap Jam/Performances/Slide Show

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's regular Tap Jam along with special guest performances and a Slide Show and Talk by Prof. Susan Goldbetter on "Tap History in Harlem Through the Eyes of Tap Master Charles "Cookie" Cook.

Dec. 6, 1991

Art Exibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

A special selection of works (Masks & Prints) by Jebah Baum that were integrated into the ATDO's performances at the JOYCE THEATER in October.

 

Dec. 14, 1991

Student Showing

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's first complete recital of all classes taught at the studio. (All levels, children & adult combined) Aprox. (75) students performed. This event was then followed by a Tap Jam.

Dec. 15, 1991

Benefit for the Film "Milt & Honi"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO sponsored this event to raise funds to complete this documentary on bass player Milt Hinton and tap dancer Charles "Honi" Coles.

Feb 20 & Feb 22, 1992

Florida

ATDO performs in Ft. Lauderdale and Punta Gorda.

March 20, 21, 27, 28, & April 3, 4, 10, 11, 1992

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performs repertory

April 28 - June 2, 1992

Eastern European Tour

Sponsored by The United States Information Agency, The ATDO toured for (5) weeks in Turkey, Cyprus, Poland, Latvia & Estonia

May 24, 1992

National Tap Dance Day

ATDO performance at Town Hall

May 30, 1992

Imagination Celebration

ATDO performs in Albany, New York June 30, 1992 World Trade Center ATDO performance sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

July 9, 1992

Colorado Dance Festival

ATDO performs in Boulder, Colorado

Aug 7 & 8, 1992

Lincoln Center

ATDO performs for the second time at the annual Lincoln Center's "Out of Doors" Festival at the Damrosch Bandshell and Premiered "Six Against Two" (Mambo)

Oct 3, 1992

Queensborough Community College

ATDO performs in Bayside, New York

Oct 17, 1992

Nazareth College

ATDO performs in Rochester, New York

Oct 27, 1992

Williamson High School

ATDO performs in Williamson, West Virginia (Tug Valley Arts Council)

Nov 6, 7 & 13, 14, 1992

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performances that presented the first work in progress series of "Wrap Around Sound"

Jan 17, 18 1992

Tap Divas

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents Sarah Petronio and Brenda Bufalino.

Jan 24 1992

New Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presentation of solo choreography expanded to student work and guest performances by soloists from the NYC, Washington, & Boston area.

Jan 25, 1992

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

With special guest performance by Buster Brown.

Feb 14-16, 1992

Workshop With The Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Classes with Gregory Hines, Bill Irwin, Ted Levy, Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman, Montego Joe & ATDO dancers.

Feb 14, 1992

Rap About Tap

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Conversations and video tape with Charles Honi Coles.

Feb. 14, 1992

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

With special guest Josh Hilberman

Feb 15, 1992

Brenda Bufalino Solo Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

New Chapters in the Journal of a Woodpecker.

March 13 & 14, 1992

Tap Divas

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Performances by Lynn Dally and Brenda Bufalino.

March 20 & 21, 27, & 28

April 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 1992

American Tap Dance Orchestra

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performs current works in progress.

April 17, 1992

New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Featuring new work by ATDO dancers as well as soloists from the NYC area.

April 18, 1992

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO regular event May 22, 1992 Tap Jam ATDO regular event

May 23, 1992

Children's Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Sixty students at Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center our introduced to a "Tap Jam".

Aug 17-23, 1992

Workshop With The Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Summer tap intensive with Savion Glover Ted Levy, Gregory Hines, Pam Raff, Bill Irwin, Brenda Bufalino, and ATDO dancers

 

Aug 21, 1992

Three To Get Ready

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents Josh Hilberman, Pam Raff and Barbara Duffy

Aug 22, 1992

Tap Jam/New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Performances by soloists from the NYC, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia area.

 

Oct 30 - Nov 29, 1992

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Still Lifes & Landscapes photography by Robert Kozma

Nov 6 & 7, & Nov 13 & 14, 1992

American Tap Dance Orchestra

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO works in progress and first premiere of "Wrap Around Sound"

Nov 20 & 21, 1992

Tap Divas 1992

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents Harriet Browne and Brenda Bufalino

Dec 4 - Jan 31, 1992

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Paintings by Jebah Baum

 

Dec 4 & 5, 1992

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Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Performance by Executive Director Tony Waag & vocalist Pat Tortorici

Dec 12, 1992

Brenda Bufalino Solo Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The Journal of a Woodpecker Chapter 8

Dec 18 & 19, 1992

Tap Divas 1992

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents Sarah Petronio and Brenda Bufalino

Jan 30, 1993

Staller Center for the Arts

ATDO performs at SUNY in Stony Brook, NY

Feb 24 - 28, 1993

Bermuda Arts Festival

ATDO performs at the annual Bermuda Arts Festival in Hamilton, Bermuda.

March 7 - 23, 1993

ATDO TOUR (12 Cities)

ATDO Performances in Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, & Florida.

April 3, 1993

Birthday Tribute to Charles "Honi" Coles

ATDO guest appearance at the Murray Bergtraum High School, NYC

April 21, 1993

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO Showcase performance thanking the Corporate Volunteers of New York

May 25, 1993

National Tap Dance Day

ATDO makes a guest performance with the Jazz Tap Ensemble at the Joyce Theater

May 30, 1993

National Tap Dance Day Show

ATDO performs at the Fashion Institute of Technology with other local tap artists.

June 18 & 19, 1993

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Members of the ATDO showcase New Choreography

June 30, 1993

Town Hall

ATDO presents an expanded evening of "American Landscape" and premieres "Georgia", "Skylark", and "Sing Me a Swing Song and Let Me & Dance"

Sept 28, 1993

World Trade Center Plaza

ATDO performs current repertory

Oct 16, 1993

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performs with guest artist Savion Glover to benefit the studio

Nov 11, 1993

Hunter College

ATDO performs at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in its Inaugural Celebration and presents "American Landscape"

Jan 15 & 16, 1993

Travels With Tribble

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Solo show by ATDO dancer Robin Tribble featuring new choreography with guest dancers from the ATDO

 

Jan 22 & 23, 1993 

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Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Performances by Executive Director Tony Waag and vocalist Pat Tortorici

 

Feb 12-18, 1993

Tap Intensive and Workshop With The Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Intensive with Brenda Bufalino, master classes performances and special events

Feb 12, 1993

Video Showing

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Rare footage and lecture by Brenda Bufalino

Feb 13, 1993

Tap Divas 1993

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents performance with Dianne Walker and Brenda Bufalino

Feb 14, 1993

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

With guest artist Ted Levy

May 14-16, 1993

Workshop With The Masters

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Spring Tap Intensive with Lynn Dally, Sam Weber, Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, and members of the ATDO.

May 29, 1993

Tap Jam

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

With guest artists Lynn Dally and the Jazz Tap Ensemble

June 18 & 19, 1993

Tap Ventures

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Members of the ATDO showcase New Choreography

July 30-31, 1993

Travels With Tribble

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Featured ATDO dancer Robin Tribble presents her first one person show with original choreography and guest artists

Aug 3-8, 1993

Summer Tap Intensive

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Workshop with master tap dancers Gregory Hines, Ted Levy, Brenda Bufalino, and ATDO dancers at Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center.

Aug 7, 1993

New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Evening presentation of solo choreography by local, national and international dancers

Aug 8, 1993

Rap About Tap

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Gregory Hines and Brenda Bufalino team up again for a lecture and discussion session at Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Sept, 1993

Children's Program

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

On-going/Daily classes resume at Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center. Special events, tap jams, and recitals throughout the year

Oct 15 - Nov 13, 1993

Photography Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Contemporary photographs by Matthew Benson on exhibit

Oct 16, 1993

Tap Dance Carnival

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents second annual benefit for Woodpeckers which includes a full day of classes, followed by a reception and performance by the ATDO with guest artist Savion Glover.

 

Nov 6, 1993

Tap Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

One day series of master classes with Sarah Petronio

 

Dec 19, 1993

Holiday party

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's annual presentation/recital for students and teachers at Woodpeckers

Dec 27-31, 1993

Children's Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Partially funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs, the ATDO produced this special holiday program for children living in temporary housing.

Feb 4, 1994

University of Cortland, New York

ATDO Performance

March 10, 11, & 12, 1994

Galveston, Texas

ATDO performs at The Grand 1894 Opera House and conducts master classes

March 14, 1994

Knoxville, Tennessee

ATDO performs at The Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee

March 24, 1994

Lorain County Community College, Elyria OH

ATDO performs @ The Stocker Center

March 26, 1994

Wabash, Indiana

ATDO performs at The Honeywell Memorial Center

March 28 - 30, 1994

University of Iowa, Iowa City

ATDO performs at The Hancher Auditorium and Conducts master classes

April 30, 1994

Kingsborough Community College

ATDO performs at their Performing Arts Center and conducts master classes

Oct 14, 1994

University of Gainsville, Florida

ATDO shares the bill with board member Gregory Hines

Nov 7, 1994

Benefit/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

ATDO is the featured entertainment at this annual fund-raising event in NYC at the Hudson Theatre

Jan 16, 1994

Children's Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Winter Intensive for young people

Feb 14 - 20, 1994

Summer Tap Intensive

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Classes with Brenda Bufalino, master classes, performances and special events

 

Feb 18, 1994

New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Two evenings of new choreography by ATDO members, guest artists, and children's program director Bonnie MaCleod

Feb 19, 1994

Unaccompanied

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Solo performance by artistic director Brenda Bufalino. New work in development on the life of a minstrel.

March 6, 1994

The Fool and the Flying Ship

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Family musical theatre show presented by Flying Ship Productions.

June 12, 1994

Children's Performance

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Children's program recital

Aug 7-13, 1994

Tap Intensive & Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Regular program with master classes by members of the ATDO, guest teachers Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Savion Glover and special events

Aug 12-13, 1994

New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Presentations of solo and group choreography by local, out of state and International students and professionals.

Nov 11-14, 1994

Tap Dance Carnival

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's annual fund raising event to benefit Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center. Included a Tap Jam, Performances and master classes.

Nov 14, 1994

Samba/Big Band Evening

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Benefit performance for the studio by Amy Duncan's Big Band Brass Tacks and the NYC's Percussion (Samba) Ensemble

 

Dec 26-30, 1994

Children's Workshop

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO's second holiday workshop for children living in temporary housing funded in part by The Department of Cultural Affairs.

Feb 5, 1995

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

ATDO performs and premieres "Cantata and the Blues" at Hayes Hall in Naples, Florida

Feb 18, 24 & 25, 1995

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

The ATDO presented a new season's work entitled "The Cantata and the Blues".

March 23 - 28, 1995

Florida Tour

ATDO performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Bailey Concert Hall/Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, the Duncan Theater/Palm Beach Community College in Lakeworth, West Palm Beach, the Harborside Convention Center in Fort Meyers, and Branscomb Auditorium/ Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

May 31, 1995

Song Writer's Hall of Fame

ATDO performed with Merv Griffin at this annual benefit. Sheridan Hotel. Other performers included Betty Buckley, Bobby Short, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Etc...

June 30, 1995
9th Annual Nit de Claque Festival
Classes & Performance
Reus, Spain


Oct 13 - 21, 1995

Germany

The ATDO and ITDO had its premiere performance and co-produced Festival and Workshop in Furth, Germany at the Stadttheater Furth. Included in the Festival was master classes taught by members of the ATDO, a lecture demonstration by Ms. Bufalino, a full length evening performance, and a exhibit on tap dance history. This ITDO project included dancers representing Germany, Holland, Denmark, South Africa, Ireland, and dancers from the American Tap Dance Orchestra.

Oct 27-29, 1995

Germany

ATDO members (Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Margaret Morrison, Tony Waag, Frank Kimbrough on Piano, and Jeff Fontaine (Lighting), traveled to Dortmond, Germany for (3) performances at the Theater Fletch Bizzel.

Nov 27-29, 1995

Walter Reade Theater

ATDO performed in the Young Audience Series at the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center) (5) Afternoon concerts for children.

Feb 17-24, 1995

Winter Tap Intensive

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO workshop with members of the ATDO, Intensive courses with Brenda Bufalino & Ed Kresley (Jazz Dance)

 

Feb 17, 1995

New Tap Choreography

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Presentations by local, national and International professionals and students

 

Feb 18, 24 & 25, 1995

"Cantata and the Blues"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO performances in development.

 

March 17, 1995

"Wingin It"

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Improvised performance with Brenda Bufalino and Lynn Dally

June 4, 1995

Children's Program Recital

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Final event for Children's Program

 

Aug. 7-19, 1995

Summer Tap Intensive

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presents Workshops with the Masters with numerous guest teachers such as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Buster Brown, Ed Kresley and Josh Hilberman, ATDO Featured Dancers. Event also includes a final tap jam for the studio and presentations of New Tap Choreography by local and International students and professionals.

 

Aug. 17, 1995

Lecture Demo

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO sponsored a lecture on the history and general state of the art by Brenda Bufalino.

 

Sept. 15, 1995

Woody's Last Fling

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

ATDO presented closing party for the tap community, friends, teachers, and students. Gregory Hines, Harriet Browne, and other tap performers attended.

 

Sept. 16, 1995

Art Exhibit

Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center

Group show currated by Jebah Baum.