The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble is committed to social justice and arts education. As part of our mission to raise the profile of rhythm tap, we offer performances, classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops and long-term residencies.
Residencies provide students with a long-term immersion in the arts. Since 2013, we have run a residency program at Mascher Space Co-op for the entire fifth grade class (70+ students annually) from Moffett Elementary School. The students receive free tap shoes thanks to Capezio and Access 2 The Arts and free tap lessons on a weekly basis for three months.
Each year, the ensemble gives a number of free Pop Up Performances at community events and festivals such as West Park Arts Fest, Headhouse Farmer's Market, and World Dance Day. We have also provided entertainment at fundraisers for numerous non-profit organizations including Pennsylvania Ballet and Pig Iron Theater Company.
We offer workshops for both children and adults lasting between one and three hours. Programs include basic tap technique and vocabulary, listening exercises, improvisation games and a performance by The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble. Workshops can also be tailored for specific curriculum connections (i.e. geography, music, history, anthropology, etc).
Since 2011, The Lady Hoofers have been offering engaging Lecture Demonstrations for a variety of clients and organizations. Programs last between 30 and 60 minutes and include tap history, listening exercises and a performance by The Lady Hoofers.