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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.

1986 - 1995

2006 - 2015

2016 - Present

List of Activities 1996 - 2005

April 1-3, 1996

Walter Reade Theater

The ATDO will again perform in the Young Audience Series at the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center) Afternoon concerts for children.

May 17, 1996

Connecticut

ATDO will perform in Arthur Holde Hall at the West Port Arts Center in Connecticut.

May 25, 1996

Las Vegas

ATDO performs at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza on National Tap Dance Day!

June 26-29, 1996

Dance Theater Workshop

The ATDO presented "Cantata and the Blues" at Dance Theater Workshop where Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino recreated her highly acclaimed solo show to include the ensemble choreography of the American Tap Dance Orchestra for this engagement.

July 7, 1996

Kennedy Center

Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, and Margaret Morrison performed as guest artists in Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance Congress 96.

July 14, 1996

Gershwin Television Special

The ATDO performed for live television in Rome, Italy along with Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Larry Adler and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

April 27, 1997

Tribute to Charles "Honi" Coles

Artistic Director Brenda Bufalino and Executive Director Tony Waag performed new work entitled "Stroll'n with Honi" in tribute to the late great Charles "Honi" Coles at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

May 1, 1997

Dancers Responding to Aids

Benefit Featured dancers of the ATDO perform at the Riverside Church Theater for National Dance Week, sponsored by the NYC Dance Alliance.

May 25, 1997

National Tap Dance Day

Executive Director Tony Waag performed a tribute to honoree Donald O'Connor at Town Hall.

Aug 1, 1997

Mohonk Mountain House

Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag and Margaret Morrison perform with Frank Kimbrough on piano.

Feb 14 - 21, 1997

Winter Tap Intensive

Master classes with Buster Brown, Lynn Dally, Margaret Morrison, Tony Waag, Baakari Wilder, Sam Weber, Billy Siegenfeld, Barbara Duffy, and Brenda Bufalino at Dick Shea Dance Studios and Dance Manhattan.

Nov 6, 1997

Germany

An ATDO and ITDO (International Tap Dance Orchestra) repeat performance and co-production at the Stadttheater Furth, Germany. Included in the program was a reconstruction of "American Landscape" and sections from Gertrude's Nose' with guest artist Jay Clayton.

Feb 14-16, 1998

Valentine's Day Weekend Tap Intensive

Workshop and master classes with Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag at Musical Theater Works.

Nov 6-7, 1998

Jazz Tap Summit

ATDO performance at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan and master classes at the University Musical Society, University of Michigan.

Feb 13-15, 1999

Valentine's Weekend Tap Intensive

Master Classes and Tap Courses with Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag.

May 23, 1999

Tap Extravaganza 1999

ATDO performs a tribute to honoree Brenda Bufalino at The Town Hall.

July 12-18, 1999

New York City Summer Tap Intensive

Master Classes with Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Margaret Morrison, Billy Siegenfeld and Tony Waag.

Nov 13-14, 1999

Tap Dance Spectacular/Dayton, Ohio

Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, Margaret Morrison & Buster Brown teach master classes and perform at the Dayton Convention Center Theater presented by City Folk.

July 8-16, 2000

Tap Intensive 2000

Master classes with Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Josh Hilberman, Margaret Morrison, Tony Waag and Baakari Wilder. Tap Jam at Swing 46.

Feb 9-11, 2001

Tap Intensive 2001

Master Classes with Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison, and Tony Waag.

 

July 7 - 15, 2001

Tony Waag's Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

Performers and teachers included Susan Abbott, Kurt Albert, Lane Alexander, A.T.D.O., Ofer Ben, Klaus Bleis, Buster Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Karen Callaway, Hoagy Bix Carmichael, Ayodele Casel, Cintia Chamecki, Marion Coles, Heather Cornell, Lynn Dally, Cristina Delius, Barbara Duffy, Feraba, Rod Ferrone, Claudio Figueira, Mari Fujibayashi, Savion Glover, Yvette Glover, Jane Goldberg, Susan Goldbetter, Acia Gray, Steven Harper, Susan Hebach, Josh Hilberman, Jeannie Hill, Gregory Hines, Melba Huber, Germaine Ingram, Alexander Ivashkevich, Chikako Iwahori, Rhythm Kaneko, Ann Kilkelly, Marda Kirn, Sali Ann Kriegsman, Irene Koloseus, Anina Kruger, Ted Levy, Cintia Martin, Gene Medler, Avi Miller, Deborah Mitchell, Margaret Morrison, N.C. Youth Ensemble, Leela Petronio, Sarah Petronio, Max Pollak, Tina Pratt, Michele Ribble, LaVaughn Robinson, Olivia Rosenkrantz, Germaine Salsberg, Jason Samuels Smith, Lynn Schwab, Billy Siegenfeld, Silver Belles, Jimmy Slyde, Ernie Smith, Hank Smith, So De Sapato, Prince Spencer, Swinging Seniors, Tap & Tray, Tapage, TapaToe, Tap Tel-Aviv, Tappers With Attitude, Vanaver Caravan and Tony Waag.

June 3, 2001

“Born in a Trunk”

Walter Reade Theater (11:30 am and 2:00 pm)

A tribute to the last great song and dance men of Hollywood Ray Bolger and Donald O’Connor. Presented as part of Lincoln Center’s “Reel to Real” series. Tony Waag, Rod Ferrone and David Rider performed.

June – August, 2001

Tap & Jazz Masters Series

Tap City 2001 and Circuit Productions, Inc. hosted a number of free events throughout the five boroughs.

July 7, 2001

Tap Jam

Broadway Dance Center (7:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

Welcome party with informal showcase followed by “Jam” with live musicians.

July 8, 2001

Kids Jam Session

Starbucks Coffee (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Special performance and jam event for the Children's Program.

Free Public Performance

Harlem/Meer Festival in Central Park (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Performance by Feraba Dance Company, Collaborative event between Tap City and Circuit Productions, Inc.

July 7 – 8, 2001

Master Classes

Alvin Ailey Studios (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Upper West Side. Professional level classes taught by leading tap artists.

July 7 – 10, 2001

Children’s Program

Steps on Broadway Studio (11:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Upper West Side. All levels of instruction will be offered by local teachers.

July 9 – 15, 2001

Tap Intensive Workshop

Nola Rehearsal Studios (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Times Square. Twenty Eight different (3) day courses will be offered.

July 9, 2001

Lunch with the Masters

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event hosted by tap critic, writer, and historian Melba Huber, talking with tap masters Prince Spencer, LaVaughn Robinson, Buster Brown and more.

July 9, 2001

“Tap Kids”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two Shows/6:00 pm & 8:00 pm)

Times Square. A special event for children. Students in the program will have a chance to perform.

July 10, 2001

“Tap Internationals”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)

Times Square. Soloists and ensembles from Brazil, Spain, Germany, Israel, Japan, France, Russia, Estonia, etc... will have a chance to perform.

July 10, 2001

Tap Dance Lecture

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event hosted by writer, historian, performer and educator Ann Kilkelly, focusing on Women in Tap.

July 11, 2001

Crazy Feet - Film Presentation

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event hosted by film archivist and collector Ernie Smith, who will present vintage eccentric tap film footage.

“Tap Master - Tap Mentors”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)

Times Square. Focusing on tributes to our master teachers and mentors, professional soloists and ensembles will perform.

July 12, 2001

Fascinating Rhythms – Film Presentation

The Duke on 42nd Street (4:30 pm - 6:00 pm)

Times Square.

VIP Reception

The Duke on 42nd Street (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Times Square. The Tap Preservation Award was given to Marda Kirn and the Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day, and the Hoofer Award was given to Gregory Hines.

“Tap City”

The Duke on 42nd Street (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Times Square. Progressive benefit and sponsors performance taking the audience on a rhythmic journey through the history of tap in a multi media production with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, Sarah Petronio, Yvette Gover, Vannaver Caravan, and local percussionists and ensembles.

July 13, 2001

Tap Talks

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event focused on tap dance issues hosted by Sali Ann Kriegsman and Marda Kirn. Leaders in the tap dance field will conduct panel discussions focusing on tap dance history, personal careers, current issues, etc...

“Tap All Stars”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)

Times Square. Festival teaching Staff performed.

July 14, 2001

Lady Be Good - Film Presentation

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event hosted by film archivist and collector Ernie Smith, presenting vintage tap film footage featuring women in tap.

“Tap Divas”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two Shows/7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)

Times Square. An evening concert devoted to the women of tap dance Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, Sarah Petronio, and others.

July 15, 2001

Lunch with the Swingin’ Seniors

Nola Rehearsal Studios (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Times Square. Free lunchtime event hosted by Tina Pratt and legendary women who danced at the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club

“Tap Divas”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two Shows/7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)

Times Square. An evening concert devoted to the women of tap dance Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, and Sarah Petronio.

Aug. 6-12, 2001

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Featured dancers Barbara Duffy, Margaret Morrison & Tony Waag teach and perform at the annual Chicago Tap Dance Festival.

August 22, 2001                                         

“Rhythm & Romance”

Lincoln Center “Out of Doors” Festival

Outdoor concert located at the fountain plaza. Hosted by Tap City’s Producer Tony Waag, this concert will feature numerous local tap soloists and tap ensembles. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 15-18, 2002

Winter Tap Intensive

Master Classes/Cap 21 Studios (10:30 am - 5:45 pm)

Professional level master classes by Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag.

Feb. 15, 2002

Tap Jam

Studio Showcase Hosted by Margaret Morrison with special guests and live music.

July 6 - 14, 2002

Tony Waag's Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

Performers, teachers and presenters included: Charon Aldredge, Lane Alexander, Ben Allison, Jerry Ames, Robyn Astaire, Cholly Atkins, Kathy Banks-Wilson, Shana Beeble, Richard Bennett , Molly Blodgett, Becky Bowen, Jaimee Bradshaw, Jill Braverman, Terry Brock, Adrianne Brown, Robin Burdulis, Alyssa Burton, Crystal Burton, Roxane Butterfly, Dana Bynum, Karen Callaway-Williams, Ayodele Casel, Dani Center, Daryn Center, Lynda Cervo, Felix Chen, Matthew Chin-Quee, Jane Cho, Hazel Collett, Lorraine Condos, Marie Confroy, Heather Cornell, Rebecca Cote, Jila Cothran, Brett Covington, Korinne Covington, Trent Covington, Warren Craft, Courtney Craven, Harold Cromer, Andrea D'Alessandro, Jenna D'Onza, Claudio da Silva, Alison Daguio, Lynn Dally, Brenna Dasilva, Jennie DaSilva, Alyse DaSilva, David Rider’s World of Tap, Todd Davis, Ariana Davis, Marshall Davis Jr., DC Artistry Tap and Drum, Santi Debriano, Andrea Demetriou, Allison Dessert, Dha Fuzion, John Di Martino, Jovana Di Prisco, Kristina Dobosz, Meghan Dodd, Amanda Donato, Susan Abbott Doskocil, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Barbara Duffy and Co., Melissa Dussin, Omar Edwards, Yvonne Edwards, Yaron Englerm, Liza Enrich, Danielle Fisher, Thomas Ford, Kayla Forseth, Mari Fujibayashi, Fulton Feet Express, Anna Gallio, Brett Gallio, Charles Gartman, Devon Gibbons, Katelyn Giliberti, Yvette Glover, Savion Glover, Roman Gnezdilov, Jane Goldberg, Thelma Goldberg, Sebastian Goldberg, Susan Goldbetter, Laraine Goodman, Germaine Goodson, Acia Gray, Asha Griffith, Half Pint Hoofers, Jennifer Hall, Larry Ham, Hamilton Dance, Brooke Handfield, Steven Harper, Megan Haungs, Anne Hearn, Shannon Hearn, Susan Hebach, Jessie Hedman, Ezra Herbert, Joshua Hilberman, Jeannie Hill, Clareese Hill, Constance Valis-Hill, Nichole Hockenberry, Channing Cook Holmes, Benjamin Hosig, Melba Huber, Corey Hutchins, Toni-Anne Idzinski, Germaine Ingram, Bill Irwin, Alexander Ivashkevich, Ivo 9, Chikako Iwahori, Delilah Jackson, Emily Jackson-Carlon, Kendrick Jones II, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Joelle Kairys, Kids on Tap, Ann Kilkelly, Frank Kimbrough, Vladimir Kirsanov, Kazunori Kumagai, La Danse School of Performing Arts, Evie Ladin, Jenny Lane, Julie LaPadula, Konstantin Larin, Jamie Larowitz Sherman, Stephanie Larriere, Sharon Lavi, Orlangelo Leal, Mable Lee, Legacy Dancers, Herve LeGoff, Jeni LeGon, Michela Lerman, Anita Lewis, Stephan Maffia, Maurice Malcolm, Anneliese Marcojohn, Andrea Marshall, Kelly Martin, Orlangelo Martins, Angelo Marcio Martins, Kristina Massa, Laura Mauriello, Metro-Gnomes, Shawna McCartney Frey, Megan McCarty, Mary McElduff, Stacey McFadin, Leroy Meyers, Kym Meyers, Jessica Miklowcic, Jacqueline Miller, Deborah Mitchell, Yako Miyamoto, Margaret Morrison, Neel Murgui, Akim Ndlovu, Konstantin Nevretdinov, Nancy Newell, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Fayard Nicholas, Katherine Nicholas, Rigmor Newman Nicholas, Madeleine Nichols, Katie Norris, O’D n Tap, Clare O'Donnell, Ashley Orifice, Eddie Ornowski, Misty Owens, Nicki Parrott, Isaac Perez, Jennifer Perez, Anthony Peters, Sarah Petronio, Keri Phelan, Tara Picaro, Valeria Pinheiro, Andrew Pirozzi, Elizabeth Poitras, Max Pollak, Van Porter, Abby Puca, Rachael Rachon, Leif Rawson-Ahern, Trisha Regan, Priscilla Rendon, Kelly Reynolds, Rhinebeck Taps, Michele Ribble, David Rider, LaVaughn Robinson, Sabrina Rollo, Olivia Rosenkrantz, Kathleen Ross, Igor Sabla, Adam Sabla, Christine Scanlon, Rebecca Scanlon, Susan Scanlon, Emilie Schmidt, Kristen, Schoen-Rene, Kelsey Schools, Lynn Schwab, Mattie Sheik, Jamie Sherman, Billy Siegenfeld, Coulee Slatnick, Jesse Sloman, Jimmy Slyde, Valerie Smith, Kristen Smith, Tina Socci, Kristen Socci, Sally Sommer, Prince Spencer, Peggy Spina, Grace Sroka, Al'Muquran Starling, Step Aside Tap Company, Sherry Stregack, Manuel Suarez, Melinda Sullivan, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Lisa Swenton, Shareef Swindell, Tap Collective, Tap Dance for Young People, Jimmy Tate, Keith Terry, Terry Brocks School of Dance, Garth Thomas, Karin Thompson, Giuliana Tittarelli, Barbara Anne Titus, Pat Tortorici, Frederique Trunk, Cacau Arco Verde, Tony Waag, Dianne Walker, Andy Wasserman, Sam Weber, Sebastian Weber, Janine Weekley, Katherine Wood, Michelle Yiznitsky, Vanneza Zabala, and Qing Hua Zhang.

July 6, 2002

Public Tap Jam

Jimmy’s Uptown Cafe (8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)

Welcome party/showcase followed by a Tap “Jam” with live Jazz musicians.

July 6 & 7, 2002

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

July 8 - 12, 2002

Tap Intensive Workshops

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

20 different (5) day courses focusing on Technique, Improvisation, Clog, Body Percussion, Jazz, Funk, Rhythm, Music for dancers and Swing.

July 8, 2002

“Tap Youth/Tap Future”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Performances by youth ensembles and teens.

July 9 - 12, 2002

Youth Program

Dick Shea’s Dance Studio (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

All levels of instruction to children and teens taught by top local teachers.

July 9, 2002

“Tap Internationals”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Soloists and ensembles from Brazil, Spain, Germany, Israel, Japan, France, Russia, Estonia, etc. have a chance to perform.

July 10, 2002

“Tap Choreography”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

New works presented by leading soloists and ensembles from around the world.

July 11, 2002

“Tap City” VIP Benefit/Reception

The Duke on 42nd Street (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

The The Tap Preservation Award was given to Sali Ann Kriesman and the Hoofer Award was given to both Buster Brown and Jimmy Slyde. Performances followed with special appearances by Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Tony Waag, Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petronio and others.

July 12, 2002

“Tap All - Stars”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Teaching staff and other professional soloists perform.

July 13, 2002

“Tap Master - Tap Mentors”

The Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Focusing on tributes to master teachers and mentors, professional soloists and ensembles will perform.

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

July 14, 2002

“Tap Talks – Tap Films”

The Duke on 42nd Street (11:00 am & 2:00 pm)

Leading educators and masters in the tap field will present and conduct panel discussions, lectures, and film presentations on tap dance history, personal careers, and current issues, culminating with a presentation and announcement of this year’s NYC Tap Dance Hall of Fame inductees.

Feb. 15-17, 2003

Winter Tap Intensive

Master Classes/Chelsea Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Professional level master classes by Brenda Bufalino, Harold Cromer, Barbara Duffy, Omar Edwards, Derick Grant, Bill Irwin, Ted Levy, Margaret Morrison, Max Pollak, Michele Ribble, Jimmy Tate, Karen Callaway Williams, & Maya and Reggie Workman for children, teens and adults.

Teacher Training Program

Chelsea Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

The first in an ongoing series of seminars dedicated to providing tap teachers with the very best information on rhythm tap, focusing on technique, the use of the body for sound, tone, styles and speed, injury prevention, tap exercises, improvisation, music for tap dance and history. Faculty included Brenda Bufalino, Debra Goodman, MS, PT, Michele Ribble and Margaret Morrison.

Choreography Residency

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

A 9 hour series of classes to learn Brenda Bufalino's ground breaking work entitled "The White Buffalo Suite" which was originally created for the American Tap Dance Orchestra touring company. Some participating students perform this work at Tap City in July!

Feb. 16, 2003

Showcase & Tap Jam

Swing 46 (8:00pm - 11:00 pm)

An informal performance showcasing youth and adult ensembles, as well as soloists, from around the world. This event was followed by a Tap Jam with live Jazz musicians.

May 16, 2003

Benefit for the Tito Puente Performing Arts Academy

Jr. High School 117 in East Harlem

Benefit for the school’s tap program (we helped raise over $1,000)

Performers included Tony Waag as the Master of Ceremonies, Tap Dancers: The Tito Puente Tappers, Cintia Chamecki, Michelle Dorrance, Rod Ferrone, Walter Freeman, Charles Gartman, Andrea Goodman, Derick K. Grant, Susan Hebach, Corey Hutchins, Margaret Morrison, Max Pollak, Lynn Schwab, Coulee Slatnick, Kirsten Burke Smith, Sherry Stregack, Tony Waag, Karen Callaway Williams and Musicians: Larry Ham, Lee Hudson, Eddie Ornowski, Lissa Freeman & Bobby Sanabria. Stage Manager: Hjördis Linn.

June 16, 2003

Casita Maria’s Third Annual Community Event

(part of Bronx Week)

Honoring Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión. Performers included ATDF’s partner Tap Dance for Young People. Directed by Susan Hebach featuring Charley Gartman & Coulee Slatnick

June 21, 2003

NYC & Company Sales Meeting

Held at Jimmy’s Uptown in Harlem

 Performance by scholarship student Corey Hutchins

 And we were graced by the inimitable company of Mable Lee

July 12 - 20, 2003

Tony Waag's Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

Performers and teachers included: Kurt Albert, Guillem Alonso, Bob Audy, Klaus Bleis, Terry Brock, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Robin Burdulis, Roxane Butterfly, Gabriella Carrubba, Cintia Chamecki, Jay Clayton, Heather Cornell, Harold Cromer, Jenai Cutcher, Dance 10, David Rider’s World of Tap, Marshall Davis Jr., Mark Delpriora, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Yvonne Edwards, Rod Ferrone, Roser Font, Walter Freeman, Lissa Freeman, Mari Fujibayashi, Fulton Feet Express, Brett Gallio, Savion Glover, Yvette Glover, Charles Goddertz, Jane Goldberg, Thelma Goldberg, Susan Goldbetter, Laraine Goodman, Debra Goodman, Germaine Goodson, Derick Grant, Acia Gray, Larry Ham, Hamilton Dance, Susan Hebach, Jeannie Hill, Ben Hosig, Melba Huber, Corey Hutchins, Chikako Iwahori, Tommy James, Montego Joe, Kendrick Jones II, Kids on Tap, Ann Kilkelly, Tyler Knowlin, Kazunori Kumagai, La Danse School of Performing Arts, Sharon Lavi, Mable Lee, Samara Manger-Weil, Earl May, Reggio McLaughlin, Katherine McManus, Metro-Gnomes, Deborah Mitchell, Margaret Morrison, Andrew Nemr, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, North Carolina Youth Ensemble, O’D n Tap, Eddie Ornowski, Drika Overton & Company, Atlantic City Dance Theatre, Sarah Petronio, Valeria Pinheiro, Max Pollak, Pedro Ramos, Michele Ribble, David Rider, LaVaughn Robinson, Olivia Rosenkrantz, Germaine Salsberg, Lynn Schwab, Rita Silva, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Jason Samuels Smith, Sherry Stregack, Melinda Sullivan, Tap Dance for Young People, Tap Dance Studio, Tapeplas, Jimmy Tate, The Legacy Dancers, The New Jersey Tap Ensemble Youth Co., Constance Valis Hill, Vanaver Caravan, Tony Waag, Dianne Walker, Andy Wasserman, Curtis Watts, Joseph Wiggan , Karen Callaway Williams, Maya Milenovic Workman, Reggie Workman, Nicholas Young, and Qinghua Zhang.

July 11, 2003

“Tap Your Feet” 2 Beat Street

Brooklyn Children’s Museum (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Evening performance by Tap City’s Tap Youth/Tap Future. Created by Michele Ribble. Produced by Susan Goldbetter and Circuit Productions, Inc. in association with Tap City.

July 12, 2003  

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

July 13, 2003  

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

Opening Night in Harlem

Jimmy’s Uptown Café (5:30pm - 8:30 pm)

Welcome Party. Tap “Jam” with live Jazz musicians.

July 14 - 18, 2003  

Adult Training Program

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

20 different (5) day courses: Technique, Improvisation, Clog Dance, Body Percussion, Jazz, Funk, Rhythm, Eccentric, Music and Swing.

Tap Talks – Tap Films

Chelsea Dance Studios (12:45 pm & 1:45 pm)

Discussions, lectures, and film presentations on tap dance history, careers, and current issues by leading educators and masters.

The Rattle Club

Various Locations

Open rooms for participants to practice, warm up, view video tapes and socialize.

July 14, 2003  

“Tap Youth/Tap Future I”

Duke on 42nd Street (9:30 pm only)

Performances by teens and youth ensembles.

July 15, 2003  

“Tap Youth/Tap Future II”

Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Performances by teens and youth ensembles.

July 15 – 19, 2003

Youth Program

New York Dance Center (10:30 am - 5:30 pm)

Top instructors - all levels of instruction to children and teens.

July 16, 2003

“Tap City Gala”

Duke on 42nd Street (7:00 pm)

Benefit performance in support of the American Tap Dance Foundation and its on going effort of creating an American Tap Dance Center. Special appearances by Sevion Glover, Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petronio and others.

“Meet the Artists”

Duke on 42nd Street (8:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Sponsors and supporters meet the artists after the show.

July 17, 2003  

“Tap Spectacular I”

Duke on 42nd Street (2 shows/7 pm & 9:30 pm)

International kaleidoscopes of legendary tap masters, contemporary soloists, cutting edge ensembles and up and coming hoofers. The annual “Tap Preservation” Award for outstanding achievement presented to a tap dancer, educator and/or organization.

July 18, 2003  

“Tap Spectacular II”

Duke on 42nd Street (2 shows/7 pm/9:30 pm)

International kaleidoscopes of legendary tap masters, contemporary soloists, cutting edge ensembles and up and coming hoofers. The annual “Hoofer” Awards for outstanding achievement presented to leading dancers in the field.

July 19, 2003

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

Youth Showcase

New York Dance Center Hosted by Yvette Glover

“Tap Spectacular III”

Duke on 42nd Street (2 shows/7 pm & 9:30 pm)

International kaleidoscopes of legendary tap masters, contemporary soloists, cutting edge ensembles and up and coming hoofers. Presentation and announcements of this year’s NYC “Tap Dance Hall of Fame” inductees.

July 20, 2003  

Master Classes

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 1:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

Adult Student Showcase

Chelsea Dance Studios (1:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

An informal studio showcase of student talent.

Oct-Nov, 2003

Year-Round Classes                     

New York Dance Center 8 Week Tap Courses and On-going daily classes with Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Michele Ribble, & Lynn Schwab.

Oct 22, 2003

Change for Kid’s 6th Annual Talent Extravaganza

Studio 54

Dancers included Barbara Duffy and Co. dancers Cintia Chamecki, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy & Lynn Schwab

Jan – June, 2004 

Year-Round Classes                     

New York Dance Center 8 Week Tap Courses and On-going daily classes with Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Michele Ribble, & Lynn Schwab.

February 13 – 16, 2004

ATDF Winter Tap Intensive

A weekend of 12 dynamic Master Classes for adults and teens, 3 Choreography Residencies, and the 2nd Annual Tap Teacher Seminar.

Master Classes           

Chelsea Dance Studios & New York Dance Center (10:00 am - 6:00 pm) Professional level master classes by leading tap artists for children, teens and adults.

Teacher Training Program        

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

The second in an ongoing series of seminars dedicated to providing tap teachers with the very best information on rhythm tap, focusing on technique, the use of the body for sound, tone, styles and speed, injury prevention, tap exercises, improvisation, music for tap dance and history.

Choreography Residencies         

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Three 9 hour residencies where students will learn ground breaking choreography created by leading soloists and choreographers in the field.  Some participating students were chosen to perform these new works at Tap City in July!

February 13, 2004

Tap Choreography Showcase (8 - 10PM)

Works in progress and new tap endeavors are presented. Hosted by Brenda Bufalino and Tony Waag. New works by tap ensembles and soloists in an informal setting with live accompaniment by pianist Larry Ham. (Admission: $15 for the evening)

February 14, 2004

Open House, Party and Tap Jam (8 -11PM)

In honor of Gregory Hines on his birthday! An open house and a piece of birthday cake, followed by a tap jam.

March 22, 2004

ATDF Fundraising Reception and Performance (6 – 9PM)

 Experience an exclusive preview performance of Tap City, the annual NYC Tap Festival held in July! This event was hosted in a private, residential loft in the East Village of Manhattan. All proceeds supported future ATDF programming.

April 15, 2004

Tap City on Tour Performance

Westminster School

Simsbury, CT

April 17, 2004

Tap City on Tour Performance

Westchester Community College

Valhalla, NY

July 3 – July 10, 2004

Tony Waag's Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

Performers and teachers included: Charon Aldredge, American Stardom Dance Academy, April Andreu Peter Apfelbaum, Chloe Arnold, Samantha Arnow, Caitlin Ayres, Kirsten Ayres, Bruno Barros, Erika Bauerlein, Amanda Blauer, Michael Blevins, Justin Boccitto,  Terry  Brock, Bernice Brooks, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Oskar Bucki, Brenda Bufalino,  Robin Burdulis, Alyssa Burton, Crystal Burton, Roxane Butterfly, Brooke Capel,  Edmar Castaneda, Dani Center, Daryn Center, Cintia Chamecki, Nora Clark,  Flavia Costa, Warren Craft, Courtney Craven, Harold Cromer, Katie Currier,  Jenai Cutcher, Andreas Daenel, Christine D'Aguillo, Lynn Dally, Dance 10,  Dancers Corner, Shelby Davis, David Rider’s World of Tap, Jovana Di Prisco,  Kristina Dobosz, Stephanie Dobosz, Amanda Donato, Michelle Dorrance,  Barbara Duffy, Barbara Duffy & Company, Allegra Durante, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Mia Feagin, Andrew Fee, Natalie Feinberg, David Fien, Sarah Flaherty,  Flamenco Latino,  Joe Fonda, Melissa Fopiano, Eddy Francisco, Kaitlyn Frank,  Alice Fucs, Ana Fucs, Mari Fujibayashi, Katy Galli, Charley Gartman,  Generation Tap, Basilio Georges, Devon Gibbons, Yvette Glover, Charles Goddertz, Jane Goldberg, Sebastian Goldberg, Germaine Goodson, Derick K. Grant, Larry Ham, Hamilton Dance, Steven Harper, Audra Harris, Josh Hilberman, Jeannie Hill, Tara Holmes, Kira Hosbein, Lee Howard, Molly Humphrey, Samantha Inho, Chikako Iwahori, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Sarah Johnson, Kendrick Jones II, Kelsey Jordan, Kids On Tap, Gabrielle Kotkov,  Kazunori Kumagai, Sean Kupisz, Sarah Larsen, Mable Lee, The Legacy Dancers, Carly Levin, Steve Maffia, Michela Marino-Lerman, Earl May, Reggio McLaughlin, The Metro-Gnomes, Deborah Mitchell, Michael Morabito, Tricia Moree, Janine Moretti, Margaret Morrison, The Movement Dance Company,  Hamish Murray, Iliana Lis Paris, Lisa Parrott, Keri Phelan, Andrew Pirozzi, Max Pollak, Van Porter, Pamela Raff, Pedro Ramos, Courtney Rauch, Raw Metal Dance Company, Aurora Reyes, Kelly Reynolds, Michele Ribble, Ritmico, Alby Roblejo, Amanda Rodriguez, Nicky Romaniello, Olivia Rosenkrantz, Kathleen Ross, Jennifer Salazar, Adriana Salomao, Germaine Salsberg, Ileana Santamaria, Alexandra Schroll, Lynn Schwab, Brad Shepik, Kelsey Shepparg,  Shoehorn, Rachel Shoemaker, Allison Singer, Coulee Slatnick, Jimmy Slyde,  Jason Samuels Smith, Al'Muquran Starling, Steven Harper Company, Catherine Strycharz, Grant Swift, Tapag, Tap Dance for Young People, Ryann Taylor, The Rhythm Queens, Byron Tittle, Shamfa Tittle, Amanda Todaro, Reindert Toia,  Samuel Torres, Megan Tursi, Elka Samuels Vian, Tony Waag, Dianne Walker,  Kaitlyn Way, Janine Weekley, Lillias White, Joseph Wiggan, Josette Wiggan, Baakari Wilder, Karen Callaway  Williams, Paul Wilson, Simon Wright, and Nicholas Young.

July 3, 2004

Master Classes           

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Professional level master classes for adults, seniors, teens and youth taught by leading tap artists.

July 4, 2004

Master Classes           

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

July 5, 2004

Boat Ride                  

Circle Line Hudson River (7:30pm - 10:30 pm)

Welcome Party & “Jam” with live Jazz.

July 5 - 7, 2004  

Youth Program         

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

All levels of instruction to children and teens.

The Rattle Club                                             

Various Locations Open rooms for participants to practice, warm up, view video tapes and socialize.

July 5 - 9, 2004

Adult Training Program            

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

20 different (5) day courses: Technique, Improvisation, Clog Dance, Body Percussion, Jazz, Funk,

Rhythm, Eccentric, Music & Swing.

Tap Talks/Tap Films                

Chelsea Dance Studios (Lunchtime Sessions)

Discussions, lectures, and film presentations on tap dance history, careers, and current issues by

leading educators and masters.

July 6, 2004  

“Tap City Gala”        

Duke on 42nd Street (7:00 pm)

A party in two acts! Opening night benefit performance with tributes to the late tap Ambassador Gregory Hines and MGM’s tap dance royalty the late Donald O’Connor and Ann Miller. All three

will be inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame. The evening begins in the theater with performances by Brenda Bufalino, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Kendrick Jones II, The Legacy

Dancers, Michela Marino Lerman, Van “the Man” Porter, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Lillias White, Tony Waag and others. The second half of the show continues upstairs at the Tap Lounge featuring Roxane Butterfly, Max Pollak, Tamango, Tapage and other dancers and musicians from New York’s hottest world beat scene. All proceeds supported future programming of the American Tap Dance Foundation.

July 7, 2004

“Tap Internationals”

Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Performances by unique international artists and ensembles from around the globe including Grant Swift (Australia/New Zealand), Flavia Costa (Brazil), Steven Harper Company (Brazil), Tapage

(France/Japan), Kazu Kumagai (Japan), Andreas Dänel (Germany) and more. This evening has become the favorite show among those who are in the know!

July 8, 2004

“Tap Youth/Tap Future”          

Duke on 42nd Street  (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Performances by kids, teens and youth ensembles from across the nation with special guest ensemble Tap Kids. Hosted by Tap City’s Youth Program Director Michele Ribble, these performances also include the presentation of the 2nd annual Tap Teacher Awards presented to leading tap educators in the field.

July 9, 2004 

“Tap New York”                                          

Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

The best New York City can offer, featuring local masters, soloists, and ensembles including Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy & Company, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Yvette Glover, Charles Goddertz, Mable Lee, Reggio McLaughlin, Margaret Morrison, Michele Ribble, Germaine Salsberg, Baakari Wilder and others. Ensemble pieces created during the festival by Karen Callaway Williams and Tony Waag will also premiere. The annual Tap Preservation Award was presented to Jane Goldberg for outstanding achievement in the preservation of tap dance.

July 10, 2004 

Master Classes           

Chelsea Dance Studios (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Professional level master classes by leading tap artists.

“Tap Treasures”                                           

Duke on 42nd Street (Two shows/7:00 pm & 9:30 pm)

Tap tributes to legendary masters and teachers, and new choreography by contemporary soloists, cutting edge ensembles and up and coming hoofers including performances by Chloe Arnold, Terry Brock, Harold Cromer, Lynn Dally, Generation Tap, Josh Hilberman, Pamela Raff, Rhythm ISS, the Rhythm Queens (Germaine Goodson and Deborah Mitchell), Shoehorn, Jason Samuels Smith, and tributes to Charles “Honi” Coles, the Copasetics, Paul Draper, Henry LeTang, Bettye Morrow and Leonard Reed. The annual Hoofer Awards were presented to tap masters, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, Dianne Walker and LaVaughn Robinson.

November, 2004           

Tap City on Tour Tour                                                      

Tap City presented the best of the annual New York City Tap Festival, touring North America with an international cast of legendary tap veterans, cutting-edge tap soloists, and up-and-coming young talent. The cast of Tap City was drawn from a list of performers who have been featured in the New York City Tap Festival since it’s inception in 2001.

Nov 10, 2004

Tap City on Tour Performance

Kutztown University

Kutztown, PA

Nov 13, 2004

Tap City on Tour Performance

Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Assn.

Merrick, NY

Nov 18, 2004

Tap City on Tour Performance

Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

Jan – April, 2005           

Tap City on Tour                                                               

Tap City presented the best of the annual New York City Tap Festival, touring North America with an international cast of legendary tap veterans, cutting-edge tap soloists, and up-and-coming young talent. The cast of Tap City was drawn from a list of performers who have been featured in the New York City Tap Festival since it’s inception in 2001.

January 19, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Johnstown, PA

Feb 18 –21, 2005 

ATDF Annual Winter Tap Intensive

A weekend of 12 dynamic Master Classes for adults and teens taught by Ayodele Casel, Barbara Duffy, Walter “Sundance” Freeman, Margaret Morrison, Michele Ribble, Randy Skinner, Tony Waag, Karen Callaway Williams and Nicholas Young, a three-day course with Brenda Bufalino, Tap Talks/Tap History & Free Events.

Feb 19, 2005

Dancing Against the Wind

Dancing with the Wind

Dancing with the Wind at Her Back

Fashion Institute of Technology

Katie Murphy Amphitheater

Brenda Bufalino's New One-Woman Show

Feb 20, 2005

New Tap Choreography Showcase

Cutting edges performances by local soloists and ensembles.

February 26, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Barrier Island Group for the Arts

Sanibel, FL

March 6, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Riverside Theatre

Vero Beach, FL

March 8, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

March 10, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

March 12, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Piney Woods Fine Arts Association

Crockett, TX

March 14, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

March 28, 2005
ATDF’s Second Annual Fundraising Party
(6:00 - 9:00pm)

O’Neal’s Café’

50 West 65th Street

An exclusive preview performance of Tap City, the annual NYC Tap Festival held in July, Cocktails and Buffet Dinner. Presentations & Performances by Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag Kendrick Jones II, Mable Lee, Michela Marino Lerman, Max Pollak, Joseph Wiggan and others!

April 9-11, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Performing Arts Society of Acadiana

Lafayette, LA

April 13-14, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

April 16, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Terry Clark Dance Centre

Fresno, CA

April 23, 2005

Tap City on Tour Performance

Danville Concert Association

Danville, VA

May 12, 2005

The Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance

Free program : Screenings and Official celebration of the creation of the new Archive Project in collaboration with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Hosted and curated by Tony Waag, Constance Valis Hill and Madeleine Nichols

Bruno Walter Auditorium

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

June 25 – July 3, 2005

Tony Waag’s Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

June 25 - July 3, 2005

Master Classes and courses for kids, teens & adults

June 27, 2005

Jazz Boat Ride & Tap Jam

Circle Line Marina and Hudson River

Opening social event for Tap City

June 28 – July 3, 2005

Premiere Performances

Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

June 28, 2005

Tap City Gala/Reception

Annual gala performance with a potpurrie of Tap Masters, Tap All-Stars, Tap Divas, Tap Internationals and Tap Legends. Performers include Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, Michelle Dorance & Friends, Barbara Duffy & Company, Walter “Sundance” Freeman, Kendrick Jones II, Mable Lee, Thomas Marek, the North Carolina Youth Ensemble, Sarah Petronio, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Jason Samuels Smith, Tapage (Olivia Rosenkrantz & Mari Fujibayashi), Tony Waag, Dianne Walker, Joseph Wiggan and Karen Callaway Williams. The performance was followed by a reception at Dance Theater Workshop (right down the street) where we announced this years Hoofer, Tap Preservation and International Tap Dance Hall of Fame recipients. All proceeds support future programming of the American Tap Dance Foundation.

The annual Hoofer Award was presented to tap master Sarah Petronio. The annual Tap Preservation Award was presented to Delilah Jackson for outstanding achievement in the preservation of tap dance. The 2005 International Tap Dance Hall of Fame Inductees were Sammy Davis Jr. and Peg Leg Bates.

June 29, July 1 & July 3, 2005

Program A: Tap All-Stars/Tap Internationals

Tap All-Stars focuses on contemporary work created by the leading tap choreographers and improvographers that are transforming the traditions with passion, humor and joy. Tap Internationals explores new frontiers by blending with international rhythms from around the world with dancers Ayodele Casel, Derick K. Grant, Kazu Kumagai, Michelle Dorrance & Friends, Walter “Sundance” Freeman, Kendrick Jones II, Thomas Marek, the Legacy Dancers, Michela Marino Lerman, the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Leela Petronio, Max Pollak and Rumba Tap, Michele Ribble, Tapage (Olivia Rosenkrantz & Mari Fujibayashi), Joseph Wiggan and master of ceremonies Tony Waag.

June 30, July 2 & July 3, 2005

Program B: Tap Masters/Tap Mentors/Tap Divas/Tap Legends

A legacy of tap tributes to our beloved Tap Masters/Tap Mentors with historic material handed down by tap dance legends Buster Brown, Charles “Honi” Coles, Gregory Hines, and the Copasetics with performances by Barbara Duffy & Company, Jeannie Hill, Kendrick Jones II, Margaret Morrison, the North Carolina Youth Ensemble, Lynn Schwab, Jason Samuels Smith, Tony Waag, Joseph Wiggan and Karen Callaway Williams. The evening also highlights the return of tap divas Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, Mable Lee, Sarah Petronio, and Dianne Walker and a special guest appearance by Dr. Jimmy Slyde.

July 2, 2005

Youth Program: Tap Youth/Tap Future

Tap City promotes the education of our youth by opening new doors of opportunity to future generations with a showcase of young talent in Tap Youth/Tap Future. Performances by kids, teens and youth ensembles and hosted by Youth Program Director Michele Ribble. These performances also include the presentation of the 2nd annual Tap Teacher Awards presented to leading tap educators in the field.

Oct 19 – Dec 14, 2005

Fall Youth Tap Classes

Teachers included David Rider and Kirsten Smith

Stepping Out Studios

Sept 21 – Dec 14, 2005

Adult Technique Classes for Adults

Wednesdays, 12-2pm

Taught by Brenda Bufalino

Dec 4, 2005              

Audition - Tap City Youth Ensemble and Junior Repertory Ensemble

For tap dancers ages 8 – 20 / 12:00 – 3:00

Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, 9th fl