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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.


  • Tap City Youth Concert

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All Classes held at: 

Chelsea Studios

151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor

(between 6th – 7th Avenues)

ATDF Youth Program Open Houses

Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 9, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Wednesday, September 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 15, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th or 6th Floor

Take a sample class, meet our faculty, see performances by our Tap City Youth Ensemble and get information about our Fall 2007 Tap Programs. For ages 3 1/2 to teens

Fall 2007-Spring 2008 Schedule

Sunday   Time Instructor
Beginning 1A age 5 10:00-11:00 Courtney Runft
Beginning 1B ages 6-7 11:00-12:00 Courtney Runft
Pre-Tap ages 3 1/2-4 12:00-12:45 Toni Noblett
Repertory I Fast Beg age 7+ 1:00-2:00 Toni Noblett
Beginning 1B age 6 + 1:00-2:00 Courtney Runft
Beginning 1C ages 8+ 2:00-3:00 Toni Noblett
Repertory III Int ages 9+ 3:00-4:00 Toni Noblett
TCYE I Adv teens 11:30-2:30 Susan Hebach
TCYE II Int/Adv teens 1:30-4:30 Susan Hebach
TCYE III Int/Adv ages 11-14 4:00-6:00 Susan Hebach
Repertory IV Int/Adv age 10+ 4:00-5:15 Susan Hebach
Repertory V Int/Adv teens 5:15-6:30 Susan Hebach
Beginning 1B age 6+ 4:00-5:00 Susan Hebach
Repertory VI & Composition Adv teens 5:00-6:00 Susan Hebach
Repertory II Adv Beg ages 9+ 4:00-5:00 Susan Hebach
Repertory III Int ages 8+ 5:00-6:00 Susan Hebach
Beginning 1D Teens 6:00-7:00 Susan Hebach
  • First Class is always FREE!
  • Call us or email us for registration info

To sign up, please visit please Registration Information and Form

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. 

Class descriptions:


Creative Rhythms Pre-Tap for 3½ 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 & 1D are for dancers with no tap experience or less than one to two years continuous 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.


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


Tap City Youth Ensemble: See TCYE Page

Tuition and Fees:

Annual Tuition per class $705  
Annual Registration fee $35  
Spring Concert fee $50  
Annual total $790 Paid in full in September

Payment Plan Option (3 payments due Sept, Jan & Apr):


1st pmt


2nd pmt


3rd pmt


Annual Total

Tuition payments $255 $255 $255  
Annual Registration Fee $35      
Spring Concert Fee $50      
Totals $340 $255 $255 $850

Family Registration Fee (one fee for all siblings):  $40

Late payment fee:  $20

For TCYE tuition see TCYE page

Tuition Due Dates:


Continuing Students:  tuition and fees due on 1st day of class

New Students:  tuition and fees due at 2nd class

Payment plan due dates:  Week of Sep 16, Jan 6, Apr 6

Scholarships Youth classes are available through

the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund


Visit Scholarships for a downloadable application. 



Classes meet every week except for the holidays listed below.

Fall 2007

Mon, Aug 13                            Scholarship Application Deadline                                                (returning Students)

Sat, Sep 15                             Scholarship Application Deadline

                                               (NEW Students)

Sun, Sep 16                            1st day of Sunday classes

Mon, Sep 17                            1st day of Monday classes

Wed, Sep 19                           1st day of Wednesday classes

Thu, Sep 20                            1st day of Thursday classes

Mon, Nov 12                            No Mon class – Veterans Day

Wed - Sun, Nov 21 – 25          No classes -- Thanksgiving

Wed – Thu, Dec 19 – Jan 3     No classes – Holiday Break

Winter 2008

Sun - Thu, Jan 6 – 10             1st days of Winter term.

                                               2nd payment due of                                                3 installment payment plan

Mon, Jan 21                            Martin Luther King Day – no class

Sun – Sun, Feb 17 – 24          Mid-Winter Break – no class

Sun, Mar 23                            Easter – no class

Spring 2008

Sun – Thu, Apr 6 - 10             1st days of Spring term

                                               3rd payment due of

                                               3-installment payment plan


Sun, Apr 13                            Spring Concert of all students

                                               (except Pre-Tap)

Sun – Mon, Apr 20 – 24          Spring Break and Passover – no class

Sun – Mon, May 25 – 26          Memorial Day Weekend – no class

Mon – Thu, Jun 16 – 19           Last days of Mon, Tue, Thu classes

Sun, Jun 15                             Last day of Sun class

There are no weekly summer youth classes.  Join us at Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival in July.

Fall classes begin in September.

Fall 2008

Sept dates TBA                          ATDF Youth Program resumes

For more information contact us at shebach@atdf.org  or call the ATDF at 646-230-9564