In 2015, we received a Project Stream Grant through the Pennslyvania Council on the Arts to produce our first rhythm tap short film. Conceived and directed by Meg Sarachan, "Dollar" features 9 dancers and combines contemporary music with a 1940s theme.
Audio of the tap dancing for "Dollar" was recorded first, for clarity, in October 2015 at Institute of Dance Artistry, where we hold our weekly rehearsals. To ensure the cleanest sound of our taps, we were unable to play the music for the video over the stereo system as we do for rehearsal. Instead, for each take of our audio recording, a lead dancer listened through headphones. Only the lead dancer could hear the music and counted in the rest of the ensemble. Without hearing the music, dancers had to keep time with only the lead dancer's movement to follow.
We practiced this for weeks before recording and agreed it was one of the most musically challenging projects we have undertaken as an ensemble!
This project was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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.
Auditions for our First Company were held at the Institute of Dance Artistry in Fort Washington, PA. Dancers Johanna Lockwood and Gina Iannelli joined The Lady Hoofers as Apprentice Dancers and former Apprentice Meg Sarachan was promoted to our First Company.
The Lady Hoofers were pleased to perform at the Institute of Dance Artistry's annual Open House in Plymouth Meeting. IDA has been generously providing The Lady Hoofers with rehearsal space since February 2013.
We hosted our second Master Class with Guest Artist Karen Callaway Williams at the Institute of Dance Artistry in Plymouth Meeting. Karen taught two great classes, one for Beginner/Intermediate dancers and one for Advanced. We also unveiled our new logo design and our first official Lady Hoofers t-shirts!
The Lady Hoofers welcomed family, friends and dance educators to our first Open Rehearsal in order to provide feedback on new choreography by First Company Dancers Katie Budris and Michelle West. This event was generously hosted by the Institute of Dance Artistry in Plymouth Meeting.
The Lady Hoofers Performance History
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