Perhaps most important, ATDO provided a supportive creative environment.
But in the 1990s, the ATDO fell victim to dwindling financial support.
In 2002, he relaunched the ATDO as the American Tap Dance Foundation, taking over as artistic and executive director.
ATDO challenges SIF's contention that all workers hired as independent contractors can be assessed as employees for whom workman's compensation insurance must be provided.
ATDO's litigation is being handled pro bono by the legal firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman, Kammhoiz, and Day as the case laboriously winds its way through the courts.
For the past two years ATDO's executive director, Tony Waag, has been wrestling with a bureaucratic giant and this conflict has left the company dispirited as well as financially depleted.