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The Tap City Youth Ensemble enters its fifth year in the 2009-2010 season.  This exciting performance ensemble, founded by the American Tap Dance Foundation, offers serious, young tap students professional training and performing experience.

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.  The Ensemble is directed by Susan Hebach with mentorship by Brenda Bufalino, Margaret Morrison and Tony Waag. The TCYE meets weekly in rehearsal with Ms. Hebach to prepare for performances in New York City. 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.  The Tap City Youth Ensemble performs in a range of New York area venues including formal concerts, school shows, free public events, and Tap City - The New York City Tap Festival each July.  Dancers are selected by audition. 

There are three levels of the Tap City Youth Ensemble. Dancers placed based on skill.

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

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


Audition Information

20010-2011 Schedule:

Tap City Youth Ensemble meets Sundays

Rehearsals begin Sunday, September, 2010 and run through June, 2011. (details TBA)

Rehearsal Schedule:                       Sundays

TCYE I                                              11:00 am – 2:00 pm

TCYE II                                              2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

TCYE III:                                           2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Rehearsals will be held at:

American Tap Dance Center

154 Christopher Street, #2B (bet. Washington & Greenwich Streets)

New York City

Tuition and Fees 2009-2010:

  Reg fee Materials fee Yearly tuition new members 3 Installment payment plan
$500 / trimester


$320 / trimester


$320 / trimester

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

All students who want a scholarship for the 2009-2010 year must submit a new scholarship application.

Deadlines and important dates:

Fall 2009  
Mon, Aug 10  Scholarship app deadline–returning students
Sun, Sept 13 Auditions for TCYE 2009– 2010 
Sun, Sept 27

First day of rehearsal, new members

Full tuition and fees due or 1st payment of

3-installment payment plan due

Thur, Oct 1  Scholarship application deadline–new       students

Sun, Oct 11

All members return to rehearsal
Date TBA  Meeting for all parents and students
Sun, Nov 29  No rehearsal -- Thanksgiving weekend

Sun, Dec 20

& Dec 27   

No classes – Holiday Break
Winter 2010   
Sun. Jan 10  

1st days of Winter term.

2nd payment due of 3-installment payment plan

Sun Feb 14   No Class - Mid-Winter Break
Spring 2010  
Sun, Mar 28

1st days of Spring term

3rd payment due of 3-installment payment plan

Sun, Apr 4   No class - Easter/ Passover Break
Sat, May 22 Spring Concert of TCYE & all ATDF students
Sun, May 30 No Class - Memorial Day Weekend
Sun, Jun 13

Last day of TCYE term

Late June  Additional rehearsals TBA for Tap City 2010

About the Tap City Youth Ensemble

In the 2009-2010 year all levels of the Tap City Youth Ensemble will learn classic and contemporary tap works from guest choreographers.  The ensembles will continue to rehearse and perform repertory from last year while new works are added.  The Ensembles perform in a variety of New York area venues, from informal showings, promotional events, school shows, outdoor concerts and professional performance venues.  All three levels of the Ensemble will perform at Tap City 2010– The New York City Tap Festival in July.  Additional performances throughout the year will be announced.

TCYE members come from New York City, Long Island, Upstate NY, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The Ensemble rehearses weekly with Ensemble Director and choreographer Susan Hebach and works frequently with guest teachers and choreographers 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).

About the TCYE Levels:

Tap City Youth Ensemble I is the most advanced ensemble, made up of advanced teens.  TCYE I is our main performance group and will have more performance opportunities than the other two levels. 

Tap City Youth Ensemble II is made up of intermediate teens who are working towards TCYE I. 

Tap City Youth Ensemble III is our group of talented dancers ages 11+. Level III will learn and perform classic and contemporary tap repertory geared towards their skills.

Performance Highlights of the TCYE 2006-2009 Seasons:

TCYE Performances highlights:

Tap City – The Annual NYC Tap Festival at the Duke on 42nd St, the Joyce Theater, & Symphony Space.

ATDF New Tap Choreography Showcases

ATDF's Annual Spring Gala

The Apollo

Tap Extravaganza

Career Transitions for Dancers Gala at NYC's City Center

Long Island Children's Museum

National Dance Week, NYC

Tappy Holidays

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 more information contact the ATDF at or call our office at 646-230-9564