Tap City Youth Ensemble


Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Tap City Youth Ensemble features the best and brightest young tappers from the New York City area.  The ensemble was founded in 2006 by the American Tap Dance Foundation to give young tap dancers from the ages of 13 – 19 an opportunity to work with  professional choreographers. The ensemble preserves the rich heritage of tap dance through learning classic/historical tap repertory and new contemporary works.  The Tap City Youth Ensemble performs in a range of New York area venues including formal concerts, school shows, hospital shows, and free public events. 

The Ensemble is directed by Susan Hebach with mentorship by Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag. TCYE meets weekly in rehearsal with Ms. Hebach to prepare for performances in New York City. TCYE II and III also work with Assistant Rehearsal Directors Claudia Rahardjanoto and Tamii Sakura.

Guest teachers and choreographers have including Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Ayodele Casel, Harold Cromer, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Jared Grimes, Molutsi Mogami, Tony Waag and Margaret Morrison. They have learned new contemporary works as well as classic tap repertory by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, James "Buster" Brown, Eddie Brown, Charles “Honi” Coles and the Copasetics. The Ensemble has been featured in articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Time Out New York Kids and appeared on television on NY 1. and Nickelodeon's METV.


“Past and future come together . . . in the recently formed Tap City Youth Ensemble, which performs classic routines like the Copasetics’ “Chair Dance” with brash adolescent energy” (Star-Ledger).

The Tap City Youth Ensemble gives intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 11 to 19 the opportunity to work with professional choreographers to learn classic and contemporary tap repertory. Dancers hone tap skills and deepen their knowledge of tap history through special master classes, rehearsals with guest tap artists and live musicians, video showings and tap history lessons. Dancers are selected by audition. ATDF's Tap City Youth Ensemble also performs for grades K-12 in a production we call Tappin' Into New York. It is a high energy, educational show exploring the history of tap dance and its connection to New York City.

Dancers are selected by audition. 

For more information on TCYE and to book the ensemble for future appearances please contact

Scholarships are available through the ATDF Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund. Application can be downloaded from this website by clicking on Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.


For more information contact us at 646-230-9564


Performance Highlights of the TCYE 2006-2016 Seasons:

NBC - The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Duke Ellington's Annual Birthday Celebration

Tap City – The annual NYC Tap Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street Theater, The Joyce Theater and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater/ Symphony Space

The Vancouver International Tap Festival

The Annual River to River Festival

The Apollo Theater

The Howl Festival

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

ATDF's Annual Rhythm in Motion Concert Series at the 14th Steet Y

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Manhattan Children's Museum

Queens Tap Extravaganza

Career Transitions for Dancers Gala at NYC's City Center

Long Island Children's Museum

National Dance Week, NYC

Dancewave’s “Kid’s Café” Festival

Manhattan Restoration Project

Macy's Charity Day

School and Hospital Shows in NYC & NJ

Jamming it up at Capezio

Danskin Strreet Fair

From 5-Points to Harlem in Foley Square, Manhattan

Nickelodeon's METV

Beat Street

& More!

For 2016-17 Fees & Due Dates visit: TCYE Fees Important and Due Dates

For information on how and when to audition visit TCYE Auditions

There are three levels of the TCYE. Dancers are placed based on skill.

Tap City Youth Ensemble I & II: Advanced teens ages 14+

Tap City Youth Ensemble III: Int/Adv teens ages 11+

Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays




TCYE II Rehearsal

11:00 – 1:00

Susan Hebach & Tamii Sakurai

TCYE II Technique Class

1:15 – 2:30

Guest Artists & Claudia Rahardjanoto




TCYE I Apprentice



TCYE I Apprentice Rehearsal

11:45 – 3:00

Susan Hebach & Tamii Sakurai, Claudia Rahardjanoto







TCYE I rehearsal

1:00 – 4:00

Susan Hebach & Claudia Rahardjanoto


4:00 – 5:00

Various faculty based on project







TCYE III technique class

2:45 – 4:00

Susan Hebach & Claudia Rahardjanoto

TCYE III Rehearsal

4:00 – 6:15

Susan Hebach & Claudia Rahardjanoto

All Rehearsals/Classes held at:
American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B
(betw Greenwich & Washington Streets)