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.
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The Lady Hoofers were proud to participate in the fourth annual Come Together Dance Festival hosted by Koresh Dance Company. The festival celebrates the diversity, creativity, and technical excellence of Philadelphia’s dance community.
The 5 night festival, held in August 2017 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, united dance innovators, audience favorites, and emerging artists including Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, PHILADANCO!, Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers, and 35 other companies!
Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) is dedicated to creating opportunities for women in theater. Through this development of female artists, they aim to provide the support and resources to allow both new and prospering voices to be heard in Philadelphia. The Lady Hoofers were honored to be selected for the Opening Cabaret at the 2016 festival where we premiered our live stage version of "Dollar," originally conceived and produced as a short film.
Co-produced by Christine Petrini and Bailey Roper, the Cabaret also featured a preview of songs from Sarah Galante's new musical Hear Me War, and performances by The West Chester Studio Singers, Jen Jaynes, Sarah Gafgen, Peter Andrew Danzig, Therese Walden-Murphy, Aileen Goldberg, Madison Claus, Ariana Sepulveda, Kimberly Redman, Jane Lloyd, Emma Andriatch, and Elexis Morton.
At the invitation of Pennsylvania Ballet, The Lady Hoofers performed at the Kimmel Center as part of PA Ballet's Nutcracker Market. The performance drew a great crowd and featured choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter.
Thanks to BalletX and the EXpand the EXperience program, The Lady Hoofers performed at The Wilma Theater as part of BalletX's home season. We performed a short selection of works by Katie Budris, Kat Richter and Amy Smith with additional staging by Michelle West.
The Lady Hoofers received a grant to produce a show at City Hall during Jazz Appreciation Month as part of City Hall Presents! Dancers Pamela Hetherington, Kat Richter, Katie Budris, and Becky Mastin performed along with a ten student dancers, vocalist Megan Elizabeth and the Jon Katz Quartet.
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