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
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!
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
This June brought our largest youth ensemble audition to date with talented young dancers traveling from as far as two hours away and three different states to show us their skills. The girls dazzled us with their shuffles, their smiles, and their shiggy bops!
We are pleased to welcome six returning youth ensemble dancers (all of our 2014 girls!) and six new members for our 2015 season. These twelve young women will train with us this fall and will perform in our annual Holiday Concert scheduled for December 4th & 5th at Performance Garage in Philadelphia.
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
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!
On Sunday, September 14 we held our annual auditions and were pleased to accept four new dancers. Deedee Mann joins us as a member of the first company, and Emily Marshall, Lindsey McCormick, and Becca Mullin join us as apprentices. They began rehearsing with us this week and are already beginning to learn choreography to perform with us in our holiday concert this December. Learn more about them on the Dancers page of our website. Welcome ladies!
Earlier this summer, we held auditions for our 2014 Youth Company and accepted nine young ladies to work with us this fall. We're thrilled to have three returning and six new members! Dancers have begun learning choreography and perform in our annual holiday show.
Congratulations and welcome to our 2014 Youth Company!
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.
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 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.
Over twenty students from seven studios and three states registered for our inaugural Youth Company Auditions. A dozen were selected to perform with The Lady Hoofers at our holiday show on December 6th and 7th at Christ Church Neighborhood House.
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