In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, The Lady Hoofers were premiered The Tapcracker, a full length, all tap version of the classic holiday favorite. Set to the music of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, The Tapcracker transports audiences to Paris, where an infestation of rats has thrown the city into chaos. Toy soldiers guard the Eiffel Tower, mice wreak havoc in the Metro, and frazzled chefs prepare for a feast at the magical palace of Versailles, featuring characters from the beloved Land of the Sweets. After several years of sold out performances at the Performance Garage, the company moved to the Suzanne Roberts Theater on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, thanks in part to a grant from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The Tapcracker featured The Lady Hoofers First Company, Apprentice Dancers, and 2017 Youth Ensemble, comprised of talented students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Photos by Bill Hebert
Our fourth annual Holiday Concert included an expanded preview of Tapcracker (our all-tap Nutcracker in progress) and the return of choreography to music from A Charlie Brown Christmas with live jazz accompaniment by local musicians James Santangelo, Justin Sekelewski, and Khary Abdul-Shaheed. All three performances held at the newly renovated Performance Garage sold out in advance for a crowd of over 360 audience members. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and happy holidays!
all photos by Bill Hebert
Our third annual Holiday Concert was a huge success with three sold out performances at The Performance Garage in Philadelphia. We presented our largest youth ensemble to date, many old favorites including the production number Most Wonderful Time choreographed by Theresa DiSipio, a preview of our all tap Nutcracker, and shared the stage with guest artists The Old City Sweethearts.
All Holiday Concert photos by Bill Hebert
We were thrilled to be the first and only tap company selected to perform at Koresh Dance's Come Together Festival held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. 24 companies participated in performances held over 5 nights, including Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers, Raphael Xavier, Project Moshen, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Koresh Dance Company, and more. What an honor to share the stage with so many talented dancers in a variety of genres.
On closing night of the festival, we premiered our newest work "Reinvention", a collaborative effort by choreographers Theresa DeSimone and Amy Smith.
After months of preparation, The Lady Hoofers presented their first Holiday Concert at Christ Church Neighborhood House. The show included live music by Justin Sekelski, James Santangelo and Khary Shaheed and choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter. Photography by Bill Hebert at PhiladelphiaDance.org
The Lady Hoofers premiered two new works at the 2013 Philadelphia Dance Showcase, held April 16-17, 2013 at the Performance Garage. The Showcase drew local, national and international presenters and was sponsored by Dance USA/Philadelphia. Photography by Bill Hebert.
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