New York City Tap Festival

This was the official site for the New York City Tap Festival held July 7 - July 15, 2001.
Content is from the site's 2001-2001 archived pages.

..."Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful festival as you shuffle, flap and stomp into a new century of tap dancing."
Hillary Rodham Clinton


"A tap festival in New York? I don't know whether to laugh or cry with joy! I've been traveling around the world attending tap festivals for over 15 years now, hoping one day The Big Apple would finally show everyone how it's done. Hoping that someone would step up (Pun) and make it happen where it ought to be happening. New York City: the Tap Capital of the World."

Gregory Hines accepts the 1st Hoofer Award at Tap City 2001


Gregory Hines


Gregory Hines accepts the 1st Hoofer Award at Tap City 2001


Our Mission


This Summer, July 7th through July 15th, hundreds of tap dancers will converge in the "big apple" for Tap City 2001, the New York City Tap Festival.


We have created a festival that will draw from an international roster of stars and a vast array of recognized performers and ensembles from around the world. The festival will feature tap intensive workshops and training programs at dance studios throughout Manhattan, a series of performances at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater, various panel discussions and film screenings and an innovative children’s program. The highlight of the festival is "Tap City," a star-studded benefit performance on Thursday, July 12th.

This project supports a goal, which is to establish a higher level of understanding and examination of tap dance as an art form, celebrating community and individuality, diversity in age, race, sex, social and economic backgrounds, and our unique American heritage.

The creation of an international tap dance festival in New York City, helps to secure the ultimate preservation of tap dance and perpetuate its growth as a thriving contemporary art form.

Tap City 2001, provides an opportunity to make a positive and lasting statement about New York City and its dedication to this unique American art form. It is now time to pay homage to tap dance by producing a festival in the city known for much of its major development.


Tony Waag and Footage Productions, Inc. Presents:


News Update:


Fees are listed at the Registration section.


Stay tuned for new updates
on Master Classes and Tap Courses
during the up coming weekend!


Saturday, July 7

Today's Highlights:
Master Classes - Day 1
Children's Program - Courses

Open Jam Session Welcoming Party

Sunday, July 8

Today's Highlights:
Master Classes - Day 2
Children's Event - Kids Jam Session
Children's Program - Courses

Monday, July 9

Today's Highlights:

Tap Courses - Session A
Children's Program - Masters Share Their Stories
Lunch Event - Masters Share Their Stories (Panel)
Evening Performance - Tap Kids

Tuesday, July 10

Today's Highlights:
Tap Courses - Session A
Children's Program - Courses
Lunch Event - Women in Tap (Lecture)

Evening Performance - Tap Internationals

Wednesday, July 11

Today's Highlights:
Tap Courses - Session A
Lunch Event - Crazy Feet (Films)
Evening Performance - Tap All Stars

Thursday, July 12

Today's Highlights:

Evening Performance - Tap City Benefit


Friday, July 13

Today's Highlights:
Tap Courses - Session B
Lunch Event - Tap Talk (Panel)

Evening Performance - Tap Masters, Tap Mentors


Saturday, July 14

Today's Highlights:
Tap Courses - Session B
Lunch Event - Lady Be Good (Films)
Evening Performance - Tap Divas






Ann Kilkelly


Writer/dancer/professor Ann Kilkelly teaches at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she is a "Full" Professor in the Theatre Arts Department and The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. AKA "Bunny," she sheds cap and gown to appear in gender bending comedy, singing, tap dancing, and ukulele playing with her partner Carol Burch-Brown, aka "Tiny Temple," and many others, including singer Elise Witt, percussionist Beverly Bottsford, and Tony Waag's erstwhile alter ego, Lloyd. Burch-Brown and Kilkelly's recent work, "Songs of Our People: the Tourist," has produced near hysteria in a limited number of locations, most recently Knock on Wood Studio in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Ann has studied, written about, performed, choreographed, and taught tap dancing for twenty-five years. Her performance in Laraine Goodman's Vaudeville 2000, "brought the house down," according to Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times.

She has performed in Atlanta, Washington, D.C,. Minneapolis, Madison, New York, Chicago, and many smaller cities in the United States; and in Dubrovnik and Athens (Greece) under the lights of the Parthenon. Events and locations range from concert series at Emory University and Bowdoin College to Conference appearances at Northwestern and New York University, to LaMama and Roulette Intermedia, to the Shamrock Bar in Bluefield West Virginia, in the company of Appalachian drag queens. In Blacksburg, Virginia, she has directed and performed large yearly concerts of original multi-media works with her jazz-tap company, Footnotes. Ann has been a Master Teacher at Dance Week and Sing, Swing, and String Week at the Swannanoa Gathering for five years, and she has belonged to and performed at Alternate Roots Gatherings for fifteen years. Her work is based in jazz-tap, ukulele playing, feminism, and performance theory.
Ann has widely published scholarship in anthologies and journals including (recently), Women and Performance Journal, the ITA newsletter, Millenium Reflections on American Music, edited by Michael Saffle and James Heintze, and Upstaging Big Daddy, edited by Sue Clements and Ellen Donkine. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in The American Voice, Helicon 9, and other small press publications.

Ann's most recent awards include two Senior Smithsonian Fellowships at the Museum of American History, where she and historian Mary Neth are working on the project, Tapping the Margins, to be published as a book under the same title. She has written about women choreographer and performer Brenda Bufalino and others, and is planning a series of articles about contemporary women dancers and choreographers.
Among her teachers and mentors Ann includes Brenda Bufalino, Katherine Kramer, Jane Goldberg, Dianne Walker, and is proud of her early, memorable, and profound experiences in the classes of Eddie Brown, Cholly Atkins, Honi Coles, and Steve Condos.


Cristina Delius


Cristina Delius is the director of the tap company Chili con Tap and founder, with partner Anina Kruger, of the tap dance studio TapaToe in Berlin. She performs and teaches workshops outside her studio in Germany, Portugal and Madrid. Her energie and technique combined with her musicality gives her classes or performances a very special touch. TapaToe has become an important dance studio in the world of tap dance. Cristina Delius is one of the ITA representatives in Germany.

Cristina was born in Lisbon, Portugal where she studied dance and music from a very early age. With thirteen she was a member of the dance company Oficina Teatro e Danca with whom she toured and performed in several TV shows. 1983 she received a scolarship from the portuguese government to continue her dance and cello studies in Paris. She discovered tap dance there and studied with Victor Cuno at the Centre de Danse du Marais. She stayed in Paris until 1990.

In New York she had the chance to study with Lesley Lockerey, Barbara Duffy, Brenda Bufalino, and Josh Hilberman. Inspiration sources were as well Chuck Green, Gregory Hines and Buster Brown. Cristina was invited 1997 by Heather Cornell to be a member of M anhattan Tap 2. She performed in New York with Max Pollak, Olivia Rosenkrantz and Michael Minery.
Back to Berlin she founded her own tap company and has worked with tap dancers like Barbara Duffy and Josh Hilberman.
At the moment Cristina is choreographing a new show Lisboa, a cidade e o mar for her company and working on a tap duet with Brenda Bufalino where she will use her cellist skills as well.

Cristina is a very gifted talented tap dancer who is a professional in every sense of the word.
Barbara Duffy
There is one thing that Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cristina Delius and the showcompany Riverdance have in common: speedy feet...
Berliner Morgenpost
Insted of using instruments, Cristina Delius and Anina Krüger make music with her tap shoes and improvise as soloists along with the jazz band...
15 Uhr Aktuell


Cintia Chamecki

Schedule in Tap City 2001:

"A one-woman percussion ensemble"
Jack Anderson, New York Times

Cintia Chamecki performs regularly as a soloist in New York City, Brazil and Japan. She recently completed her first one woman show "Ta No Pe", directed by Susana Ribeiro, which premiered in August 2000 at Teatro Paiol (Curitiba, Brazil), and toured throughout Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis.

She has appeared in New York City in "The Elegance of Tap & The Comedy of Tap," hosted by Bill Irwin (Town Hall-2000), "Vaudeville 2000" (La MaMa E.T.C.) and "Tap Fusion" (Context Studios).

Her own work has been chosen to perform in the renowned "Avant-Garde-Arama" at Performance Space 122, "Movement Research" at the Judson Church, "Crossing Boundaries" at Dixon Place and "17th Annual Downtown Dance Festival" at Battery Park.

In addition to her work as a soloist, Cintia is a member of the Tap Collective (directed by Susan Hebach) and was a featured dancer with the Peggy Spina Tap Company (directed by Peggy Spina). She appeared with the American Tap Dance Orchestra (directed by Brenda Bufalino) in "Gertrude's Nose Tap Opera" and with Manhattan Tap 2 (directed by Heather Cornell) in various shows in the tri-state area.

A native of Brazil, Cintia was co-choreographer, artistic director and soloist of "A Cooperativa da Danca", which she founded with Silvia Lipatin. The company toured Brazil extensively, participating in major festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Joinvile, Florianopolis and Campinas. They received the Honor of the Arts from Curitiba City Hall and was awarded the prize for best choreography and performance from Joinvile Dance Festival in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Cintia is a guest teacher and choreographer in Brazil and Japan, and is currently teaching in the "Tap Dance for Young People" program in New York City.

Cintia would like to give special thanks to those who have influenced her most: Barbara Duffy and Ted Levy


Cintia Chamecki has an "impressive display of rhythm and coordination, daring unique style"
Lisa Jo Sagola, Back Stage

"Brazilian native Cintia Chamecki best personified the elegance of the evening, her feet tracing smooth, uncluttered rhythms, and her hands, while graced with a pair of brilliant cubic zirconia rings from her family's online jewelry business, only add to the amazing display of talent and fluidity."
Jody Sperling of The Village Voice

"...incredible musicality that can be achieved when the tapping itself becomes part of the driving rhythm"
Kessa De Santis, Eletronic Link Journey



Tony Wang

Producer/Director of Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival

In 1986, he founded the American Tap Dance Orchestra with Brenda Bufalino and the late Charles ‘Honi’ Coles. As Executive Director and a featured dancer, he toured with the ATDO extensively throughout the United States and around the world. From 1989-1995, he co-created and operated, with Brenda Bufalino, Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center. As a soloist, he has performed internationally, making guest appearances at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rio de Janeiro’s Tap Encontro 99, The Moscow International Tap Festival, several National Tap Dance Day Extravaganzas in NYC, and numerous other concert events throughout the country. In 2000 and 2001, he performed as Master of Ceremonies to sold-out audiences across the country in Hoagy Carmichael's Centennial Celebration Tour! He has also performed on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES – TAP DANCE IN AMERICA, WNEW's P.M. MAGAZINE, GOOD DAY NEW YORK, and THE REGIS & KATHIE LEE SHOW, and has been featured in national television commercials for both Seagram's and Renault. Tony teaches master classes internationally, and is currently working on a new solo show entitled Funny Foot, which celebrates the art of comic dance and pays tribute to the song and dance men of the vaudeville stage and Hollywood musicals.


American Tap Dance Foundation

Posted By Tony Waag

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

From 1986 - 1999 the American Tap Dance Foundation was known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra. It was created, choreographed and directed by master tap dancer Brenda Bufalino and founded by Ms. Bufalino along with Tony Waag, and the late Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in 1986 as a tax exempt 501c3 charitable organization. During that time 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 on-going classes, performances and related activities. In 2001 with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed under the artistic direction and leadership of Tony Waag.

ATDF programs include: • Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival • the Tap City Youth Ensemble • Concert Performances & National Tours • the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund • the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame • Annual Hoofer & Tap Preservation Awards • the Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance archives at the Lincoln Center Library

American Tap Dance Center opened in 2010 as the home to the American Tap Dance Foundation, and offers year-round educational programs including: • Tap Dance Conservatory • Teacher Training Certificate Program • Ongoing Classes for Youth, Teens & Adults • Tap Choreography Intensives & Showcases • Master Workshops for Professionals • Artists In Residence Program • Reconstruction & Choreography Commission Projects • Rental Space for rehearsals • Tap Talks, Jams & Film Presentations