We traveled to Baltimore in November to perform at the WOW Women of the World Festival School Day! The 300 high school girls in attendance made for a great audience as we talked about following your dreams, performed our rep, and invited volunteers on stage to play rhythm games with our dancers. Thanks to Notre Dame of Maryland University for having us!
To conclude our fourth year residency program with Moffett Elementary School, we presented an in-studio performance at Mascher Space Co-Op, where our residency classes takes place. We've never experienced such an enthusiastic audience before! The kids applauded and cheered throughout the pieces, and recognized many steps that they had learned during the school year.
After our performance, the students asked questions about how long we have been tap dancing, why we like it so much, and who our favorite tap dancers are. We invited all 75 students to lace up their tap shoes (donated by Capezio!) and to join us for a final Shim Sham Shimmy - the universal tap anthem. Many of the students chose to take their tap shoes home to continue dancing, while those who are already outgrowing their shoes donated them back to us for next year's residency.
The Lady Hoofers performed at Garnet Valley High School's Dance for a Cure event to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We were grateful to be invited by student Christina Mercincavage, one of our former Youth Ensemble dancers, and the primary organizer for the event as part of GVHS' Interact Club.
The event raised $6,700 through ticket sales, raffles, and donations!
With the continued support of Mascher Space Coop and Capezio, we are engaged in the fourth year of our residency program offering free weekly tap classes to the entire fifth grade class of Moffet Elementary School.
Each week, the students walk across the street with their teachers to Mascher Space where they lace up their donated tap shoes and learn how to shuffle ball change. This year, the program is lead by First Company Dancer Deedee Mann who is assisted by First Company Dancer Emily Marshall.
After three months of instruction, students performed the Shim Shim Shimmy, a historic and universally known tap dance, at their school's holiday concert.
The inaugural Philly Free Streets, organized by the City of Philadelphia, was inspired by the excitement over car-free streets during last year's Pope's visit, and modeled on the Open Streets programs in effect in over 120 North American cities. On Saturday, September 24th, the Free Streets route spanned all of South Street, up the Schuylkill River Trail to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and on to the streets of Parkside and West Fairmount Park.
The Lady Hoofers performed for community members in West Fairmount Park alongside other dance organizations from throughout the city.
The initiative is led by the Managing Director's Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), and is sponsored by SNAP Kitchen, Vea Rewarding Fitness, Philly Powered, AARP, and Open Streets PHL.
The Lady Hoofers and Mascher Space Co-op participated in the Philly Stake micro-grant event at Christ Church Neighborhood House. We were honored that attendees voted to award us first place funding of $1000 to continue our residency program with Moffet Elementary School's 5th grade students. This is our third year offering free weekly tap classes and shoes to 75+ students in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood.
Philly Stake is a recurring event celebrating locally sourced food and creative community projects; organized completely by volunteers. Stake dinners are seasonal meals sourced from local farms and purveyors. At each dinner, project proposals are presented to the diners. Community members pay a $20 donation for dinner and an opportunity to vote for the project they deem most worthy of funding. These projects aim to contribute to the vitality of Philadelphia in a multitude of innovative ways. Awardees will leave with the dinner proceeds and will present their project at the next meal.
Shuffle. Dig. Cramp Roll. Tip. Irish.
These are just a few of the steps dancers learned at the School of Dance Arts Musical Theater Summer Camp this weekend! First Company member Deedee Mann led an informative and energetic class filled with learning basic tap steps, experimenting with elements of choreography, and playing rhythmic games. For many of the dancers, this was their first time tap dancing. Thanks to Access 2 the Arts' tap shoe donation program, we were able to provide tap shoes to all students who did not have their own.
We had a great time dancing for the third consecutive year at West Park Arts Fest. The annual outdoor festival features live music and dance, plus local vendors selling food and crafts. West Park Cultural Center is a community based nonprofit that uses arts and culture as a central tool in programs that help youth tap their creative and academic potential, and where residents can access the arts, education, and other development opportunities. We're proud to support an organization with a mission so in line with our own!
Thanks to Mascher Space Co-Op, The Bartol Foundation, The Lady Hoofers just completed our third year residency program with Moffett Elementary School. Due to budget constraints, all free extra-curricular activities have been cut from the school, leaving a void we seek to help fill.
Teachers at Moffett say of the program that it "allows the children to see all of the possibilities of education; it removes the walls from their classrooms and takes them out into the world... We have observed students who do not participate in the classroom engage in conversations with the instructors and visiting artists and the students are more willing to take risks as they work through the lessons."
Artistic Director Kat Richter led this year's program with assistance by first company dancer Deedee Mann and Lindsey Hamilton. Over 60 fifth grade students received weekly tap lessons throughout the fall semester and into the spring. Students also had the option to keep their tap shoes at the end of the program, all of which had been donated through Access 2 the Arts and/or by Capezio.
On Saturday, March 21st, The Lady Hoofers took the stage at the Forrest Theater to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit organization MANNA. Hosted every year by the Pennsylvania Ballet, this philanthropic event brings together brilliant professional dance companies in the Philadelphia community while educating audience members of MANNA's mission: to prepare and deliver nourishing meals and counsel to people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness.
Fellow performers included BalletX, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and University of the Arts School of Dance. The Lady Hoofers performed A Little Party, danced by Katie Budris, Johanna Lockwood, Deedee Mann, and Becky Mastin. Check out the pictures below to get a glimpse of an amazing performance!
*performance photos by Kelly Leggett
The Lady Hoofers 2nd annual Holiday Concert at Christ Church Neighborhood House featured new choreography, old favorites, live jazz, and vocalists. We were thrilled to welcome back Justin Sekelski on bass, James Santangelo on keys and Khary Shaheed on drums. New this year - first company dancer Deedee Mann shared her vocal talents, and the AMLA Children's Choir joined our Youth Company to present "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DeSimone, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter.
Photography by Bill Hebert at PhiladelphiaDance.org
We were pleased to take part in the 2nd Annual Salute to Boots produced by Reverie Dance Theatre. Conceived to support veterans through dance, performers took to the stage telling the story of our veterans on deployment, upon return, and much more. Ticket sales were donated to the Boot Campaign. Thanks to Jennifer Gordon for inviting us to participate.
Directors Kat Richter and Katie Budris led a lecture demonstration for students at School of Dance Arts studio in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Students learned about the origins of tap dance, saw some Lady Hoofers repertoire, participated in creating polyrhythms, and even tried on tap shoes to learn the first part of the Shim Sham Shimmy!
For the second year in a row, The Lady Hoofers performed in Fairmount Park as part of the West Park Arts Fest. This year's dancers included Roger Lee Dance, Project Moshen, Putty Dance Project, Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble, Challes, Penn Chinese Dance Club, and fellow hoofer Jaye Allison.
Company dancers Katie Budris, Theresa DeSimone, and Becky Mastin joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Inglis House in Philadelphia, a long term care facility for adults with physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. See video of the performance on YouTube!
Company dancers Gina Iannelli, Theresa DeSimone, Becky Mastin, Meg Sarachan and Katie Budris joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Caring Heart in Germantown. See video of the performance on YouTube!
After three months of tap lessons and rehearsals at Mascher Space Co-op, students enrolled in The Lady Hoofers outreach program at Moffet Elementary School performed in their school assembly. Access 2 the Arts collected gently used tap shoes from studios throughout NJ and PA for the program.
The Lady Hoofers performed at Montgomery County Community College in a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The show, which was sponsored by the Institute of Dance Artistry, raised over $4,000 and featured dance companies from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
Thanks to support from Mascher Space Co-op and Access 2 the Arts, The Lady Hoofers launched their first outreach program at Moffett Elementary School in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Through the program, over 60 fifth graders will receive free tap shoes and tap lessons for three months.
Summer campers at the School of Dance Arts got to experience tap first hand thanks to Gabrielle Ammirato and Access to the Arts. Gabrielle, a new Youth Company Dancer with The Lady Hoofers, has been collecting used tap shoes for our arts education programs as part of her arts advocacy volunteer work.
The Lady Hoofers were pleased to sponsor the West Park Arts Fest by sharing our portable tap floors with several local dancers. Katie Budris, Kelsey Zolochik and Meg Sarachan performed a short selection of works before joining Theresa DeSimone and co-founder Pamela Hetherington at Tap Teaser 9.
The ensemble was invited to perform at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's annual Multicultural & Diversity Festival. Our First Company and Apprentice Dancers performed three pieces featuring choreography by Kat Richter, Sarah Cook Mason and Mike Minery, including the premiere of Life Goes to Party.
The Lady Hoofers partnered with Gabrielle Ammirato of Access 2 the Arts to collect used tap shoes for use in our new arts education programs. Drop off sites were set up at Kays Act II Dance Studio in Trevose, PA at Dance! By Debra DiNote in Turnersville, NJ.
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