The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble is committed to 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.
Free Performances: Each year, the ensemble gives a number of free 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.
Classes: The ensemble offers weekly Open Company Classes for advanced tap dancers on Sundays from 5:00-6:00pm at the Institute of Dance Artistry in Plymouth Meeting. We also organize Master Classes taught by guest artists and offer scholarships to these classes whenever possible.
Lecture Demonstrations: 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.
Workshops: 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. Workshops can also be tailored for specific curriculum connections (i.e. geography, music, history, anthropology, etc).
Residencies: Residencies provide students with a long-term immersion in the arts. Our most recent took place at Mascher Space Co-op and included 60 fifth grade students from Moffett Elementary School. The students received free tap shoes thanks to Capezio and Access 2 The Arts and free tap lessons on a weekly basis for three months.
We are always accepting donations of new or gently used tap shoes for our education programs and for distribution to local students. For more information about how your dance studio, business or youth organization can get involved or to arrange for a donation pick up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org