TAP CITY returns with special events, performances and residencies in July

Live tap dance workshops, performances and special events herald the return of Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s week-long tap festival from Monday, July 4 through Sunday, July 10 in Tap’s hometown of New York City. The week of the TAP CITY Festival, 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. *Full TAP CITY range below.

“We are excited to be planning a week of live events and performances again – we missed the excitement of tappers coming together near and far, coming together in New York and celebrating their art of tap dancing” , said ATDF Executive/Artistic Tony Waag. Director.

This year’s Tap City events will include a “Copasetic” boat ride (July 6), Tap Future performances and the 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, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St) and the return of “Tap It Out,” Tap City’s live public tap event in the middle of Times Square (July 10 ).

MASTER CLASSES for 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. THE CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCIES will be hosted by Felipe Galganni, Dexter Jones, Kaleena Miller, Lynn Schwab and Jared Alexander. REGISTER FOR THE MASTER CLASSES HERE.

The American Tap Dance Foundation was founded 37 years ago by tap master Charles “Honi” Coles, his protege 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 establishing and legitimizing tap dancing as an essential component of American dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation. Read more.

The lineup of Tap City 2022 events

Wednesday, July 6 – THE COPASETIC BOAT RIDE (Embarks 6:30 p.m., Sails 7:00 p.m., Returns 10:00 p.m.) – Circle Line Marina, Pier 83, West 42nd St. at Hudson River VIDEO Tap City cruise around Manhattan will feature live music , entertainment and tap dancing performances by Tap City Festival students, teachers and local tap dancing professionals. “There is something on board for everyone with live music, entertainment and dancing, dancing, dancing!” Tickets: General $45 (in advance) $50 (on site). Registration and tickets: https://www.atdf.org/tc22index For more information, call (646) 230-9564.

Friday, July 8 – TAP FUTURE and the ATDF TAP DANCE AWARDS (8pm) – Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Tap City puts ALL of its students on stage with new work from Tap City 2022 Residencies, works selected shows created by our students, faculty, surprise guests as well as film clips and performances honoring this year’s winners of the annual HOOFER, TAP PRESERVATION and INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE HALL OF FAME AWARDS. Video tickets: General $45 Children 17 and under/Student/Senior: $25 BUY TICKETS HERE For more information, call (646) 230-9564.

Saturday, JULY 9 – RHYTHM IN MOTION Tap Dance Concert (8-10 p.m.) – Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Featuring New York tap dancers and choreographers. Rhythm in Motion presents fresh and innovative new works, showcasing the rich diversity of contemporary tap dance by young emerging talent and leading choreographers in the field. Directed and curated by ATDF Artistic Director Tony Waag. TICKETS: General $45 Children 17 and under/Student/Senior $25. (Students with valid photo ID and seniors over 65.) BUY TICKETS HERE For more information call (646) 230-9564 VIDEO The Rhythm Will Get You!

Sunday, JULY 10 – TAP IT OUT a free public outdoor tap event (12pm-2pm) Father Duffy Square/Times Square (Broadway, W. 46 St. To W. 47 St., 7 Avenue) MAP – Imagine a chorus of hundreds of foot claps performing an a cappella choreography mixing several styles of tap dancing and vernacular movements. The contemporary “soundscape” of percussion and movement promotes tap dancing as pure music, while consciously deconstructing the building blocks that drive tap dancing forward. Tap City participants rehearse throughout the week of the Festival to create this explosion of sounds and rhythms. Tap it Out was conceived and created by Tap City “Mayor” Tony Waag and is choreographed by dancer/choreographer Lynn Schwab. PROMO VIDEO. Visit: atdf.org/events

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