Auditions for our fifth season were held on September 13th with additional makeup auditions on September 20th. This was our largest turn out to date, and we were blown away by the talent at both auditions with dancers coming from as far away as New York City.
It was a difficult decision, but in the end, we accepted two new first company dancers and five new apprentices, nearly doubling the size of our returning ensemble! This is shaping up to be our most exciting season yet!
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!
Approximately 50 members of the Doylestown Country Club gathered for a 7 course French themed dinner with wine tasting. Little did they know their dessert course would be served with a side of tap dancing! The Lady Hoofers were thrilled to be the surprise entertainment for the evening, performing a 20 minute set of tap choreography to tunes such as Vive Le Swing, Booty Swing, and Sparkling Diamonds.
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
There's nothing like getting into the Holiday spirit with live performances, extraordinary vendors, and the atmosphere inside of the Kimmel Center! On December 13th The Lady Hoofers were a part of several other performing artists participating in the Kimmel Center's Annual Nutcracker Market coordinated by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The company performed acclaimed Holiday repertoire including "Snow," "Cool Yule," "Perfect Christmas Night" and "Most Wonderful Time" featuring choreography by Katie Budris, Becky Mastin and Theresa DeSimone.
The Lady Hoofers 2nd annual Holiday Concert at Christ Church Neighborhood House featured new choreography, old favorites, live jazz, and vocalists. We were thrilled to welcome back Justin Sekelski on bass, James Santangelo on keys and Khary Shaheed on drums. New this year - first company dancer Deedee Mann shared her vocal talents, and the AMLA Children's Choir joined our Youth Company to present "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Choreography by Katie Budris, Theresa DeSimone, Becky Mastin, and Kat Richter.
Photography by Bill Hebert at PhiladelphiaDance.org
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!
The Lady Hoofers were honored to be invited to participate in The Outlet Dance Project, an annual festival founded to provide opportunities for female-identifying choreographers and filmmakers to showcase their work. Held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the festival featured a wide array of dance genres including several site specific works.
We performed our critically acclaimed work "Reinvention", choreographed by Theresa DeSimone and Amy Smith, which premiered this summer at the Koresh Come Together Festival.
We were pleased to take part in the 2nd Annual Salute to Boots produced by Reverie Dance Theatre. Conceived to support veterans through dance, performers took to the stage telling the story of our veterans on deployment, upon return, and much more. Ticket sales were donated to the Boot Campaign. Thanks to Jennifer Gordon for inviting us to participate.
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!
We were thrilled to be the first and only tap company selected to perform at Koresh Dance's Come Together Festival held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. 24 companies participated in performances held over 5 nights, including Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers, Raphael Xavier, Project Moshen, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Koresh Dance Company, and more. What an honor to share the stage with so many talented dancers in a variety of genres.
On closing night of the festival, we premiered our newest work "Reinvention", a collaborative effort by choreographers Theresa DeSimone and Amy Smith.
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!
For the second year in a row, The Lady Hoofers performed in Fairmount Park as part of the West Park Arts Fest. This year's dancers included Roger Lee Dance, Project Moshen, Putty Dance Project, Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble, Challes, Penn Chinese Dance Club, and fellow hoofer Jaye Allison.
For the second year in a row, The Lady Hoofers were invited to perform as guest artists in the School of Dance Arts annual concert. First Company dancers Katie Budris and Becky Mastin performed their duet to jazz standard Cute, choreographed by Sarah Cook Mason and Mike Minery. They were joined by First Company dancer Johanna Lockwood and apprentice Gina Iannelli for A Little Party.
The Lady Hoofers presented a 45-minute lecture demonstration at the Bakers Bay Condo Association. First Company Dancers Johanna Lockwood, Becky Mastin, Kat Richter and Meg Sarachan performed a selection of company repertoire along with Student Apprentice Beccah Edelman.
First Company Dancers Johanna Lockwood, Kat Richter, Meg Sarachan and Amy Smith were delighted to performed two pieces at a 1930s-themed gala held at Whitemarsh Country Club. Funds raised through the benefit will be used to support the renovation of a historic library.
The company was selected to present Theresa DeSimone's piece "Soles in the Raw" at Koresh Dance's in-studio showcase. This performance marked Amy Smith's first performance with us since having knee surgery nine months ago and Student Apprentice Beccah Edelman's "Soles in the Raw" debut.
Company dancers Katie Budris, Theresa DeSimone, and Becky Mastin joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Inglis House in Philadelphia, a long term care facility for adults with physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. See video of the performance on YouTube!
Company dancers Gina Iannelli, Theresa DeSimone, Becky Mastin, Meg Sarachan and Katie Budris joined with students from Manayunk's Merge Dance Studio to perform for residents at Caring Heart in Germantown. See video of the performance on YouTube!
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