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‘Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival’ returns

Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival. Photo by Amanda Gentile.
Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival. Photo by Amanda Gentile.

Live, in-person tap dance workshops, performances and special events herald the return of Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival, the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF)’s week-long tap festival running July 4-10, right in in tap’s hometown, New York City. The Tap City Festival week, celebrating its 22nd year, will return live for the first time since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic – in 2020 Tap City was virtual, and in 2021 hybrid. 

“We’re thrilled to plan a week of live events and performances again,” said Tony Waag, ATDF Executive/Artistic Director. “We’ve missed the excitement of tappers coming together from near and far, convening in NYC and celebrating their tap dance artistry,” 

This year’s Tap City events will include a “Copasetic” Boat Ride (July 6), Tap Future performances and ATDF Tap Dance Awards (July 8 at Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.), Rhythm in Motion concert (July 9 at Symphony Space) and the return of “Tap It Out,” Tap City’s live, public tap dance event in the middle of Times Square (July 10). 

Master classes for the Tap City week will be taught by top tappers Terry Brock, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Bill Irwin, Michela Marino Lerman, Deborah Mitchell, Max Pollak, Demi Remik, Tamii Sakurai, Leonardo Sandoval, Byron Tittle, Karen Callaway Williams, Nicholas Young and Tony Waag. Choreographic residencies will be hosted by Felipe Galganni, Dexter Jones, Kaleena Miller, Lynn Schwab and Jared Alexander. You can register for master classes here.

ATDF was founded 37 years ago by tap master Charles “Honi” Coles, his protégée Brenda Bufalino, and the Foundation’s current Artistic and Executive Director, Tony Waag. Tap City, The New York City Tap Festival is an emblem of the Foundation’s commitment to establish and legitimize tap dance as a vital component of American dance through creation, presentation, education, and preservation.

To learn more about the American Tap Dance Foundation, visit www.atdf.org.

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