Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program

The American Tap Dance Foundation is accepting students into our Tap Teacher Training Program, based in the Copasetic Canon, culminating in a Certificate. This program is for tap dance teachers and advanced dancers who wish to become teachers. The Training provides a comprehensive approach to teaching rhythm tap technique, repertory, and performance skills.

Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program includes:

tap technique

Copasetic Canon repertory


jazz music concepts

tap composition & improvisation

tap history

The Copasetic Canon is rooted in the tap technique and repertory, the musical and compositional concepts, and the jazz culture passed down to us from the Copasetics, an ensemble of tap soloists of the Golden Age of Tap. The Copasetics were a performance group and social club, formed in memory of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who coined the phrase “Everything is Copasetic.” This material, combined with the artistic vision and teachings of Brenda Bufalino, has been adapted by Susan Hebach into a clear approach to teaching youth, teen and adult students at the American Tap Dance Center. Under the direction of Margaret Morrison and Hebach, the Copasetic Canon curriculum is now available to teachers who want a technically solid approach to teaching rhythm tap that provides a rich immersion in swing and bebop jazz musicality and a foundation for 21st century tap dance explorations.

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About Our Graduates

Level 1 Training and Certificate

Covers foundational concepts based in the Copasetic Canon for all rhythm tap teaching, with a focus on teaching beginning tap students (children age 6+, teen and adult students).  All new Trainees start with the Level 1 Training. Applicants are accepted based on video audition and application.

Dates for the 2017 Level 1 Training:

Sunday, July 16 – Sunday, July 23, 2017
: Intensive week at the ATDC in NYC
Fall 2017 – Spring 2018: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.

Level 2 Training and Certificate

Covers teaching fast beginner to advanced beginner tap dancers (children, teen and adult students), continues with Copasetic Canon repertory and concepts, and provides a deeper exploration of tap artistry and expert rhythm tap teaching skills. Pre-requisite: the Level 2 Training is open to all students who attended the Level 1 Training. 

Dates for the 2017 Level 2 Training:

July 18-23, 2017: Intensive at the ATDC in NYC.
Fall 2017 – Spring 2018: Trainees complete mentored independent work in their home communities.

Levels 3 - 4 Training and Certificates

Covers skills for teaching intermediate and advanced tap dancers and provides deeper exploration of rhythm tap artistry. Pre-requisite: successful completion of Level 1 & Level 2 Certificates.

Pre-Tap and Early Learners Training and Certificate

Creative movement curriculum for children ages 3 ½ + emphasizing rhythm games and music exercises to prepare young dancers for tap.

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