In 2015, we received a Project Stream Grant through the Pennslyvania Council on the Arts to produce our first rhythm tap short film. Conceived and directed by Meg Sarachan, "Dollar" features 9 dancers and combines contemporary music with a 1940s theme.
Audio of the tap dancing for "Dollar" was recorded first, for clarity, in October 2015 at Institute of Dance Artistry, where we hold our weekly rehearsals. To ensure the cleanest sound of our taps, we were unable to play the music for the video over the stereo system as we do for rehearsal. Instead, for each take of our audio recording, a lead dancer listened through headphones. Only the lead dancer could hear the music and counted in the rest of the ensemble. Without hearing the music, dancers had to keep time with only the lead dancer's movement to follow.
We practiced this for weeks before recording and agreed it was one of the most musically challenging projects we have undertaken as an ensemble!
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.
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