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.
Approximately 50 members of the Doylestown Country Club gathered for a 7 course French themed dinner with wine tasting. Little did they know their dessert course would be served with a side of tap dancing! The Lady Hoofers were thrilled to be the surprise entertainment for the evening, performing a 20 minute set of tap choreography to tunes such as Vive Le Swing, Booty Swing, and Sparkling Diamonds.
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 DiSipio and Amy Smith, which premiered this summer at the Koresh Come Together Festival.
We were pleased to take part in the 2nd Annual Salute to Boots produced by Reverie Dance Theatre. Conceived to support veterans through dance, performers took to the stage telling the story of our veterans on deployment, upon return, and much more. Ticket sales were donated to the Boot Campaign. Thanks to Jennifer Gordon for inviting us to participate.
We were thrilled to be the first and only tap company selected to perform at Koresh Dance's Come Together Festival held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. 24 companies participated in performances held over 5 nights, including Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers, Raphael Xavier, Project Moshen, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Koresh Dance Company, and more. What an honor to share the stage with so many talented dancers in a variety of genres.
On closing night of the festival, we premiered our newest work "Reinvention", a collaborative effort by choreographers Theresa DiSipio and Amy Smith.
Directors Kat Richter and Katie Budris led a lecture demonstration for students at School of Dance Arts studio in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Students learned about the origins of tap dance, saw some Lady Hoofers repertoire, participated in creating polyrhythms, and even tried on tap shoes to learn the first part of the Shim Sham Shimmy!
For the second year in a row, The Lady Hoofers were invited to perform as guest artists in the School of Dance Arts annual concert. First Company dancers Katie Budris and Becky Mastin performed their duet to jazz standard Cute, choreographed by Sarah Cook Mason and Mike Minery. They were joined by First Company dancer Johanna Lockwood and apprentice Gina Iannelli for A Little Party.
The Lady Hoofers presented a 45-minute lecture demonstration at the Bakers Bay Condo Association. First Company Dancers Johanna Lockwood, Becky Mastin, Kat Richter and Meg Sarachan performed a selection of company repertoire along with Student Apprentice Beccah Edelman.
First Company Dancers Johanna Lockwood, Kat Richter, Meg Sarachan and Amy Smith were delighted to performed two pieces at a 1930s-themed gala held at Whitemarsh Country Club. Funds raised through the benefit will be used to support the renovation of a historic library.
Company dancers Katie Budris, Theresa DiSipio, and Becky Mastin joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Inglis House in Philadelphia, a long term care facility for adults with physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. See video of the performance on YouTube!
Company dancers Gina Iannelli, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin, Meg Sarachan and Katie Budris joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Caring Heart in Germantown. See video of the performance on YouTube!
The Lady Hoofers were delighted to premiere their newest work, A Little Party, at Pig Iron Theatre Company's annual benefit, held at The Trocadero. The high-energy event was hosted by The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and featured performances by Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Berzerker Residents, El Malito and the 33rd Century, Johnny Showcase, and Red 40 and the Last Groovement.
First Company Dancers Katie Budris, Becky Mastin, Kat Richter, and Meg Sarachan were invited to travel to Frenchtown, NJ for a weekend of performances hosted by Terpsichore Arts Management.
The Lady Hoofers teamed up with The Food Trust to perform at the Headhouse Farmer's Market. The Market drew hundreds of spectators and the company performed to a variety of jazz classics and holiday favorites on its brand new portable tap floors.
Company co-founders Pamela Hetherington and Kat Richter performed to the music of local composer Adam Rose in Mixed Drinks at the Christ Church Community House. The hour-long concert paired local choreographers with local musicians for an evening of interdisciplinary experimentation.
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