Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival returns July 3-8 for 23rd year

Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival returns July 3-8 for 23rd year

Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival will return for its 23rd year Monday, July 3 through Saturday, July 8, with special events, local and international tap dance artists, choreographic residencies, and master classes. Tap City, produced by The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is the week-long celebration of tap dance which returns to New York City each July.

This year’s Festival will kick off at The American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, with ATDF students, teachers, staff & guest artists gathering for a “Meet & Greet” and film presentation celebrating 23 years of Tap City. The welcoming Open House, on July 3, will be followed by a Copasetic Boat Ride around Manhattan on July 5; the return of Tap Treasures, a walking tour of New York’s famed tap dance landmarks on July 6; and, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space, ATDF’s Tap Future concert and Tap Dance Awards on July 7, and Rhythm in MotionTap City’s boundary breaking tap dance concert performance on July 8. This year’s Rhythm in Motion will include a look back at classic tap dance works in addition to showing new, boundary breaking choreography by ATDF’s Artists-In-Residence. Tap on Tap, an “all abilities” tap dance company focusing on adaptation, inclusion, and the integration of tap dancers and tap dancers with disabilities, will also be included in this year’s performance.

The Copasetic Boat Ride is Tap City’s cruise around Manhattan with live music, entertainment and tap jam performances by Tap City festival students, teachers and local tap professionals. Tickets: General $45 (In Advance) $50 (On-Site) 

On July 6 from 6-8 pm, enjoy Tap Treasures. Tap Treasures was first introduced at Tap City 2016, designed to provide numerous opportunities for festival students, and the public, to learn more about and experience the rich evolution of tap dance in its hometown, NYC. Tap Treasures revisits eight historic locations in Manhattan that contributed to the development of the medium. Upon arrival, participants receive a “Tap Map,” identifying key locations important to tap dance history. Historic details and a fun, interactive discussion take place at each landmark – a walk down memory lane. Tickets: General $25 (In Advance) $30 (On-Site) 

The Tap Future Concert and the ATDF Tap Dance Awards will take place on Friday, July 7 (8:00pm-10:00pm). Tap City puts ALL their students on stage with newly minted work from the Tap City 2023 Residencies, selected works created by ATDF students and faculty with surprise guests. Film clips and performances will honor this year’s winners of the annual HOOFER, TAP PRESERVATION, and INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE HALL OF FAME awards: Terry Brock and Reggio “the Hoofer” McLaughlin, winners of the 2023 Hoofer Award; Drika Overton, winner of the 2023 Tap Preservation Award;  and the late Leslie “Bubba” Gaines, and the late Juanita Pitts, ATDF Tap Dance Hall of Fame Awardees. Tickets: General $45 (In Advance) $50 (On-Site) Children 17 & under/Student/Senior: $25. Purchase tickets HERE.

Enjoy the Rhythm in Motion Concert Performance on Saturday, July 8 (8:00pm-10:00pm).This year’s performance will revive classic repertory works by Brenda Bufalino, Lynn Dally, Acia Gray and Gregory Hines. Historic tap dance choreography will share the stage with boundary-breaking new takes on tap by ATDF Artists-in-Residence Vikas Arun, ACM Collective, Sydney Burtis, Erik Dacaminada, Felipe Galganni, Cara Hagan, and Demi Remick. Tap on Tap, an “all abilities” tap dance company integrating tap dancers and tap dancers with disabilities, will also show new work at this special performance. Directed and Curated by Tony Waag. Tickets: General $45 (In Advance) $50 (On-Site) Children 17 & under/Student/Senior: $25 Purchase tickets HERE.