Celebrate National Tap Dance Day with The American Tap Dance Foundation
National Tap Dance Day will be feted by the American Tap Dance Foundation, Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26, with a four-day celebration of an American art form and national treasure. In-person tap dance workshops, jam sessions, historical films and free sample tap dance classes for children, teens & adults will be among the offerings. All events will take place at The American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street, NYC 10014. Visit ATDF Events for dates, times, and registration information.
National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 each year, selected to mark the birthday of tap dance legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949). Though celebrated throughout the USA, the holiday holds special resonance in New York City, the birthplace of American tap dance. The holiday was signed into law by President George W. Bush in November 1989.
“We are looking forward to opening our doors to students, their families, and their teachers at our National Tap Dance Day events. I love when dancers at all levels, beginner to professional, have a chance to dance together, show off a new step and make music with their feet,” said Tony Waag, ATDF Artistic and Executive Director.
The American Tap Dance Foundation 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. National Tap Dance Day will be celebrated in advance of the Foundation’s Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival, returning for the 22nd year July 4-10. For one week every July, New York City becomes TAP CITY!