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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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