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.
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.
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!
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.
Summer campers at the School of Dance Arts got to experience tap first hand thanks to Gabrielle Ammirato and Access to the Arts. Gabrielle, a new Youth Company Dancer with The Lady Hoofers, has been collecting used tap shoes for our arts education programs as part of her arts advocacy volunteer work.
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