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.
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.
"Dollar," our first short film, has been selected for Trans(m)it - an international film festival hosted by Project Trans(m)it. As an all-female ensemble, we are particularly pleased to be included in a project produced by three female artists from Philadelphia.
The five day festival will take place online, culminating in a live screening on May 27, 2016 at The Iron Factory in Philadelphia. Details about the live screening and tickets to the online festival can be found here.
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.
The Lady Hoofers were honored to be invited to participate in The Outlet Dance Project, an annual festival founded to provide opportunities for female-identifying choreographers and filmmakers to showcase their work. Held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the festival featured a wide array of dance genres including several site specific works.
We performed our critically acclaimed work "Reinvention", choreographed by Theresa DeSimone and Amy Smith, which premiered this summer at the Koresh Come Together Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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