Magazine article Dance Teacher

Sharing the Copasetics' Canon

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Sharing the Copasetics' Canon

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The American Tap Dance Foundation launches the first rhythm tap teacher-training program. BY KATIE ROLNICK

This month, with the launch of the Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program, the American Tap Dance Foundation welcomes the first green shoots of a seed planted long ago. "It's really been at least 10 years of serious discussion and roundtables and experimenting," says ATDF artistic director Tony Waag, "so we're very excited."

The program is the first of its kind: a comprehensive teacher-training program built on the rhythm tap technique and repertory of the Copasetics, a collective of some of the 20th century's finest hoofers, including Charles "Honi" Coles, Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Charles "Cholly" Atkins.

ATDF has a long history with this canon. Brenda Bufalino, the organization's artistic mentor, trained and collaborated with Coles and has been a stalwart champion of the Copasetics' legacy. And for the past seven years, ATDF's youth ensemble has been schooled in all things rhythm tap, from its history to classic repertory, like the Coles Stroll and the BS Chorus, to Bufalino's own innovative choreography.

Susan Hebach, ATDF youth program director, spearheaded the development of the youth ensemble curriculum, with help from the foundation's education advisor Margaret Morrison. They took the lead again on the teacher-training program, with input and guidance from Waag, Bufalino and other ATDF faculty. "It's no small feat." Waag says of the curriculum they've developed. …

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