The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a nonprofit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

Formerly the American Tap Dance Orchestra, ATDF was founded in 1986 by master tap dancers Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, and the late Charles "Honi" Coles. From 1986 through 1999, the Orchestra performed in hundreds of concert, stage and film projects and thrilled audiences around the world. From 1989 to 1995, the company also operated Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in New York City, and presented year-round programming of performances, workshops, daily classes for adults and children, tap jams, lectures and film presentations.

In 2002, with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed, and under the direction of Tony Waag, renewed its vision of establishing the first-ever Center for Tap- --an international home for dancers, based in New York City.

Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival features an extensive adult tap training program, a week of dynamic performances, and innovative, pre-professional and youth training programs.

Throughout the year ATDF presents tap talks, tap films and tap jams throughout Manhattan.

In collaboration with the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the ATDF is proud to announce the recent development of an extensive film, print, audio and photo archive entitled the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance.


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

Scholarships for Youth classes are available through the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.


Special group tap classes, tap history film and history presentations can be arranged by appointment.