After a year hiatus, The Lady Hoofers returned to Franklin Square for the Electrical Spectacle Sounds of the Seasons! We performed two sets in between the light shows, sharing a preview of our mice and soldiers from The Tapcracker plus improvisation to holiday tunes and the Shim Sham Shimmy. This was a debut performance for many of our Youth Ensemble dancers!
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.
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
It was a perfect, unseasonably warm November evening for dancing in Franklin Square! The Electrical Spectacle light show, funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and set to the music of Philly Pops! is free and runs every half hour from mid-November through Christmas. We had a great time igniting the lights and performing selections from our holiday concert for the crowd.
Our Franklin Square debut was also the debut performance for our four new apprentice dancers and for our 2014 youth company! Welcome ladies!
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