While we have hosted spring productions in the past (we split the bill with Usiloquy Dance Designs in 2014 for Feet! and premiered our short film "Dollar" in 2016), On Tap marks the launch of our annual spring concert series. Held at the Performance Garage, the ensemble presented old favorites and premiered five new works at this sold out concert:
Over three dozen students joined us for our second round of master classes with Dolores Sanchez! Based in New York City, Sanchez is a strong versatile mover well versed in tap dance, street jazz, contact improv, and capoeira. Her high-energy, fast-paced classes gave us all a run for our money!
The Lady Hoofers are proud to announce the production of our first commissioned work. With the support of a Project Stream grant from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, we are bringing rising tap artist Dolores Sanchez from New York City to set a new work on the ensemble. Her piece "CMYK" combines rhythm tap with hip hop and modern movement to use the whole body and push the boundaries of what many audiences consider tap dance.
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.
Our fourth annual Holiday Concert included an expanded preview of Tapcracker (our all-tap Nutcracker in progress) and the return of choreography to music from A Charlie Brown Christmas with live jazz accompaniment by local musicians James Santangelo, Justin Sekelewski, and Khary Abdul-Shaheed. All three performances held at the newly renovated Performance Garage sold out in advance for a crowd of over 360 audience members. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and happy holidays!
all photos by Bill Hebert
Our 2016 Youth Ensemble dancers are hard at work in the studio on choreography for this year's preview of Tapcracker, our all-tap Nutcracker. These 16 young dancers (our largest group to date!) will premiere two new works choreographed by Kat Richter: "Squeak" (the mice) and "Sugar Rush" (chefs in the Land of the Sweets). For the second year, they will also perform "March of the Toy Soldiers" by guest choreographer Sarah Mason, a piece which premiered in The Nutcracker on Broadway in 1999.
As part of our ongoing mission to provide educational opportunities in tap dance, The Lady Hoofers welcomed rising Broadway star Danny Gardner to the Performance Garage for a series of master classes. Last seen on Broadway in the Radio City Rockettes' Summer Spectacular and as “Lucky” in the premiere of Dames At Sea, Danny was also recently seen performing along-side Tommy Tune in Encores! production of Lady, Be Good! He has performed with symphonies nation-wide in Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience! and toured with the Broadway productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and 42nd Street. The sold out classes gave the First Company, Apprentices, Youth Ensemble, and dancers from the greater Philadelphia area the chance to tap, clap, and slide across the floor with a Broadway triple threat.
Our third annual Holiday Concert was a huge success with three sold out performances at The Performance Garage in Philadelphia. We presented our largest youth ensemble to date, many old favorites including the production number Most Wonderful Time choreographed by Theresa DiSipio, a preview of our all tap Nutcracker, and shared the stage with guest artists The Old City Sweethearts.
All Holiday Concert photos by Bill Hebert
The Lady Hoofers premiered two new works at the 2013 Philadelphia Dance Showcase, held April 16-17, 2013 at the Performance Garage. The Showcase drew local, national and international presenters and was sponsored by Dance USA/Philadelphia. Photography by Bill Hebert.
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