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!
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.
We had a great time dancing for the third consecutive year at West Park Arts Fest. The annual outdoor festival features live music and dance, plus local vendors selling food and crafts. West Park Cultural Center is a community based nonprofit that uses arts and culture as a central tool in programs that help youth tap their creative and academic potential, and where residents can access the arts, education, and other development opportunities. We're proud to support an organization with a mission so in line with our own!
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!
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.
The Lady Hoofers were invited to give a free performance for the Market East Arts Series at the East Market Street corridor between City Hall and Sixth Street, thanks to a partnership between the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and MARKET8.
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.
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