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The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a non-profit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

 

CLICK HERE for a complete list of performances and events 1986-Present.

From 1986 - 1999 the American Tap Dance Foundation was known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra. It was 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. During that time 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 on-going classes, performances and related activities. In 2001 with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed under the artistic direction and leadership of Tony Waag.

ATDF programs include:

• Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival

• the Tap City Youth Ensemble

• Concert Performances & National Tours

• the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund

• the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame

• Annual Hoofer & Tap Preservation Awards

• the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance archives at the Lincoln Center Library

 

American Tap Dance Center opened in 2010 as the home to the American Tap Dance Foundation, and offers year-round educational programs including:

• Tap Dance Conservatory

Teacher Training Certificate Program

Ongoing Classes for Youth, Teens & Adults

• Tap Choreography Intensives & Showcases

• Master Workshops for Professionals

Artists In Residence Program

Reconstruction  & Choreography Commission Projects

• Rental Space for rehearsals

• Tap Talks, Jams & Film Presentations