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!
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.
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.
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!
At the invitation of Pennsylvania Ballet, The Lady Hoofers performed at the Kimmel Center as part of PA Ballet's Nutcracker Market. The performance drew a great crowd and featured choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter.
After months of preparation, The Lady Hoofers presented their first Holiday Concert at Christ Church Neighborhood House. The show included live music by Justin Sekelski, James Santangelo and Khary Shaheed and choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter. Photography by Bill Hebert at PhiladelphiaDance.org
The Lady Hoofers performed at Montgomery County Community College in a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The show, which was sponsored by the Institute of Dance Artistry, raised over $4,000 and featured dance companies from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
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