September 17, 2012 - June 16, 2013

ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America’s own indigenous art form – Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.


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All Classes held at: 
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher Street #2B
(betw Greenwich & Washington Streets)

Visit: Student/Parent Information Page for up to date information

Visit: Events for an upcoming schedule

Visit: Tap City Youth Ensemble for exciting performance opportunities teens ages 11 - 18.

Visit: Tap City for July Festival Youth Programs

Visit: Tap Camps for August Youth Programs

Also visit at left side bar:

Adult Classes for Teen and Adult Classes

Master Tap Intensives for Teen and Adult level Tap Intensives


For more information call us at (646) 230-9564 or email us at:


What makes our classes different?
The ATDF classes offer children and teens a chance to become immersed in tap culture.  Classes focus on the fundamentals of rhythm tap, including clean technique, classic and contemporary tap repertory, and improvisation skills. Tap history, films, jazz music, and special guests deepen students' appreciation of this great American art form. 



Creative Rhythms Pre-Tap for 3-1/2 to 4 year olds is a fun, 45 minute creative movement class.  Through rhythm, music and movement games, children develop motor coordination and build towards tap dance basics.

Beginning Tap Classes for ages 5 through teens:  Beginning 1A, 1B, & 1C are for dancers with no tap experience or less than one to two years continuous tap training.  Beginning 2 and 3 are for students with one to three years tap training.  Classes start with the basics and build solid tap technique in a fun and supportive environment.  Exercises, improvisation skills, and simple combinations give a foundation for learning tap repertory in higher levels.  Students are placed according to tap level, age and motor skills.

Repertory Classes levels I though V are for students ages 8 to teen who have mastered beginning tap skills and are ready to learn tap repertory.  Students progress through five levels of tap technique, improvisation skills and classic and contemporary repertory passed down from a rich tap legacy.

Percussive Dance Forms offers a fun variety of rhythm making dance forms. Each session focuses on one or two styles: hip hop, step, swing, African, and more! Percussive Dance B is for ages 8-10. Dancers may register for one, two, or all three sessions.

Percussive Dance C, Saturdays @ 1:30-2:30 for ages 11& up

New Session begins Saturday, January 7th featuring "Flamenco" with La Magdalena    

This is your chance to jump in and join a great new class offered in the ATDF Youth Program!  So far, our Percussive Dance classes have explored the styles of Step Dance, Hip Hop, & Swing Dance. Now we'll be getting a taste of Spain, with "Flamenco" dance! Flamenco is a percussive dance form, originating in Spain, which uses the feet to make rhythms, and hands for clapping rhythms, all with a sense of style and drama!


Registration Now Open

Our new session begins on Saturday, January 7th, and will conclude on Saturday, March 17th. If you are not already enrolled in the Percussive Class, you may sign up now through Jan 7th for this 10 week session. This class is open and encouraged for ATDF students at levels 3C, 4C, Rep I and above.   


If you are not currently an ATDF student, please call for recommendation of which level of class if correct for your dancer. 


Cost for 10 weeks of Flamenco Dance is $275.00

To register for this class, contact our registrar, Courtney Runft:

For more information, contact Susan Hebach:, or Courtney Runft.


There is a specific shoe requirement, please contact, or see the front desk for those specifics. (Use of tap shoes is possible, but Magdalena prefers more of a character shoe, w/no taps).  We are researching placing a group order for an economy shoe (in which students would purchase through ATDF, and pulling some shoes from stock to have proper shoes for class).

Junior Ensemble

An invitation-only class for dancers (ages 8-13) who have completed Tap Repertory 1.  For the young dancer who wants more--more tap repertory, more rhythms, and more performance skills! Students must be registered in a weekly tap technique class at the American Tap Dance Center.

Intermediate & Advanced Technique for Teens and Adults is taught by a roster of master teachers with a focus on technique, rudiments, repertory and honing advanced rhythm tap skills. See: Adult Classes

Beginning Rudiments, Absolute Beginner , Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Advance Pro Repertory, Advanced Beginning Repertory for Teens & Adults - See: Adult Classes

For the Tap City Youth Ensemble see: Tap City Youth Ensemble

For Adult Classes see: Adult Classes

For Master Tap Intensives see: Master Tap Intensives

For more information contact us at  or call the ATDF at 646-230-9564

American Tap Dance Foundation

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street #2B New York, NY 10014

Phone 646-230-9564
Fax 646-230-7777

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Tap Dance Conservatory

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- Master Tap Intensives
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Tap City Youth Ensemble

Gregory Hines Youth
Scholarship Fund


Tap City Festival Classes

Tap City Festival Shows

Concert Performances

New Tap Choreography

National & Int'l Tours

International Tap Dance
Hall Of Fame

Hoofer Awards

Tap Preservation Awards

Gregory Hines Collection
of American Tap Dance Archives

Reconstruction Projects

Tap Talks/Tap Films

Artists In Residence


Tap Jams/Special Events