In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, The Lady Hoofers were premiered The Tapcracker, a full length, all tap version of the classic holiday favorite. Set to the music of both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, The Tapcracker transports audiences to Paris, where an infestation of rats has thrown the city into chaos. Toy soldiers guard the Eiffel Tower, mice wreak havoc in the Metro, and frazzled chefs prepare for a feast at the magical palace of Versailles, featuring characters from the beloved Land of the Sweets. After several years of sold out performances at the Performance Garage, the company moved to the Suzanne Roberts Theater on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, thanks in part to a grant from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The Tapcracker featured The Lady Hoofers First Company, Apprentice Dancers, and 2017 Youth Ensemble, comprised of talented students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Photos by Bill Hebert
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 Lady Hoofers were proud to participate in the fourth annual Come Together Dance Festival hosted by Koresh Dance Company. The festival celebrates the diversity, creativity, and technical excellence of Philadelphia’s dance community.
The 5 night festival, held in August 2017 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, united dance innovators, audience favorites, and emerging artists including Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, PHILADANCO!, Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers, and 35 other companies!
We say it every year, but it continues to be true... we hosted our largest audition series to date with over 40 dancers from the tri-state area auditioning for our First Company and Youth Ensemble!
As we prepare for the premiere of The Tapcracker this season, our full-length all-tap version of The Nutcracker, casting was more challenging than ever. Thanks to all the talented dancers who came out to share their talents with us, and congratulations to our new dancers!
First Company Promotions
Libby McCampbell & Lindsey McCormick
New Apprentice Dancers
Kelly Angelucci, Madeline Klemm, Paige Matzerath, Jaclyn Salerno
2017 Youth Ensemble Dancers
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) is dedicated to creating opportunities for women in theater. Through this development of female artists, they aim to provide the support and resources to allow both new and prospering voices to be heard in Philadelphia. The Lady Hoofers were honored to be selected for the Opening Cabaret at the 2016 festival where we premiered our live stage version of "Dollar," originally conceived and produced as a short film.
Co-produced by Christine Petrini and Bailey Roper, the Cabaret also featured a preview of songs from Sarah Galante's new musical Hear Me War, and performances by The West Chester Studio Singers, Jen Jaynes, Sarah Gafgen, Peter Andrew Danzig, Therese Walden-Murphy, Aileen Goldberg, Madison Claus, Ariana Sepulveda, Kimberly Redman, Jane Lloyd, Emma Andriatch, and Elexis Morton.
"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.
After many months of hard work, we finally premiered "Dollar," our first rhythm tap short film, as part of a live performance event at the Community Education Center in West Philadelphia. The company performed six pieces for a sold out crowd before revealing the completed project on the big screen and responding to the audiences' questions about the production of the film.
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate this milestone achievement with us! Check out photos from the event and then view "Dollar" for yourself below!
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.
We are honored to have been awarded a 2015 Project Stream grant by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. Thanks to 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, we will be producing our first Rhythm Tap Short Film, titled "Dollar."
Artistic Director Kat Richter, Managing Director Katie Budris, and Film Director Meg Sarachan attended the PPA Check Presentation Ceremony held at PECO's headquarters in Center City Philadelphia. Many thanks to these incredible organizations, including the PCA, PECO, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, for supporting the arts in Philadelphia!
We could not be more pleased to announce that we have received grant funding to produce our first Rhythm Tap Short Film, "Dollar", which will be filmed this fall and will premiere at a special event on February 27th at Community Education Center in Philadelphia! The film is conceived and directed by company member Meg Sarachan and choreographed by company member Becky Mastin with assistance from directors Katie Budris and Kat Richter.
Stay tuned for more information about our filmmaking process and tickets to the Film Premiere Event!
This project is supported 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.
THANK YOU PCA for supporting The Lady Hoofers as we strive to raise the bar for rhythm tap in Philadelphia and beyond!
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.
This June brought our largest youth ensemble audition to date with talented young dancers traveling from as far as two hours away and three different states to show us their skills. The girls dazzled us with their shuffles, their smiles, and their shiggy bops!
We are pleased to welcome six returning youth ensemble dancers (all of our 2014 girls!) and six new members for our 2015 season. These twelve young women will train with us this fall and will perform in our annual Holiday Concert scheduled for December 4th & 5th at Performance Garage in Philadelphia.
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!
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.
On Saturday, March 21st, The Lady Hoofers took the stage at the Forrest Theater to help raise money and awareness for the non-profit organization MANNA. Hosted every year by the Pennsylvania Ballet, this philanthropic event brings together brilliant professional dance companies in the Philadelphia community while educating audience members of MANNA's mission: to prepare and deliver nourishing meals and counsel to people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness.
Fellow performers included BalletX, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and University of the Arts School of Dance. The Lady Hoofers performed A Little Party, danced by Katie Budris, Johanna Lockwood, Deedee Mann, and Becky Mastin. Check out the pictures below to get a glimpse of an amazing performance!
*performance photos by Kelly Leggett
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!
On Sunday, September 14 we held our annual auditions and were pleased to accept four new dancers. Deedee Mann joins us as a member of the first company, and Emily Marshall, Lindsey McCormick, and Becca Mullin join us as apprentices. They began rehearsing with us this week and are already beginning to learn choreography to perform with us in our holiday concert this December. Learn more about them on the Dancers page of our website. Welcome ladies!
Earlier this summer, we held auditions for our 2014 Youth Company and accepted nine young ladies to work with us this fall. We're thrilled to have three returning and six new members! Dancers have begun learning choreography and perform in our annual holiday show.
Congratulations and welcome to our 2014 Youth Company!
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