2020 Dates are suspended due to CoVid19:


July 27 - August 8        Manhattan Tap Reboot (FULL)

August 10 - 14              Eddie Brown "Lost Routines" (FULL)

August 17 - 28              Making Music Dance - Zap & Tap

                                      (Now Registering)

This is the 30th Anniversary of the Labs...so let's celebrate!  It's going to be a very exciting year.  I'm hoping to see many of the alumni of the Tap Labs (formerly Manhattan Tap Intensive) back to play and celebrate.


Let's take this to the community!  Each week there will be jam sessions, open rehearsals and informal performances, plus video showings.  Manhattan Tap Reboot will culminate in a performance at "Jazz in the Garden" at Nyack's famous Hopper House.  Making Music Dance will finish up with a band performance at Maureen's Jazz Cellar.  We'll be offering community classes throughout the 5 weeks.  You work and contribute at your level, from listening and watching, to directing an evening of informal performances.  This is a chance for us to get out of the studio and experiment and develop in collaboration with real audiences.  

The classes will run as usual during the day.

Live Music in Classes

15 Students Maximum per session

Minimum 30 hours of classes per week

Come to any combination of sessions

Open Level in all sessions except Manhattan Tap Reboot

Studio:  Heather's Studio in the Woods, Valley Cottage, NY

Housing:  Affordable local housing available

"Heather Cornell's laboratory is the dream space, a teacher who gathers passion for dance and music and shares it, a teacher who creates the right place to explore, integrate, share, risk, listen and understand. One really comes out as if the world had stopped to connect. This laboratory is such a necessary place."

             Antonio Vilchez, Master Zapateo dancer and Afro-Peruvian musician





When I started offering my NYC Tap & Music Intensive in 1990, the goal was to teach tap as music, connecting tappers to the music world where I drew my inspiration from for Manhattan Tap.  For many years this intensive has been the place for tap dancers and musicians to come together to talk about music and dance, but more importantly, to play.

Now called the "Tap Labs", they provide an open learning environment, providing an opportunity for artists of all ages and experience to deepen their practice. Here we work together in a uniquely free way, with musicians woven into the process, enriching and supporting each other's voice.  This is for anyone who wants to nurture their path as an improvisational artist or to dig deeper into their musical roots. 

My goal is to create a learning environment that nurtures individual development while at the same time developing a strong music/dance community.  I have been mentoring dancers for 3 decades, demystifying collaboration and working with live music.  My passion is to teach students to be creators and not imitators.  Whether you are a teacher, performer or student, beginner or professional, this intensive will help to answer your questions, help you pose new ones, and help you to refocus your work.