Philadelphia’s premier all-female tap company, The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, is pleased to present their annual spring concert “On Tap” on May 4, 2019 at the Performance Garage. The 60-minute family-friendly concert will include the return of audience favorites plus the premiere of three new works by Artistic Director Kat Richter, First Company member emeritus Becky Mastin, and guest choreographer Michele Dunleavy.
“Past, Presence, Future,” by Michele Dunleavy, features six dancers in an exploration of “presence.” She currently serves as Associate Professor of Dance at Pennsylvania State University where she works in a variety of dance forms, and her choreography has been presented in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, NYC, and Chicago. In addition to performing her own work, she has danced with Kompitus Rhythm Collective, Pittsburgh Opera, Junction Dance Theatre, and others. Dunleavy says of the newly commissioned work: “navigating the stressors of modern day life can make us feel as though we are being pulled in a million different directions simultaneously. In addition, we regularly engage in a form of mental ‘time travel’ whereby we ruminate on past events and/or project future narratives rather than live in the present moment.” Through her choreography, Dunleavy asks dancers and audience members alike to consider where, when, and with whom we are most fully present.
Artistic Director Kat Richter will present “Take the A Train,” a company premiere originally commissioned by Stockton University “I’ve always loved the music of Duke Ellington,” says Richter, “and audiences will love the familiar tunes. First Company member emeritus Becky Mastin also adds to the repertoire with a new work set to Nina Simone’s “Love Me or Leave Me” showcasing a quartet of dancers shifting seamlessly between dancing in unison and in complex, four-way polyrhythms.
The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, founded in 2011, provides educational resources and professional performance opportunities to promote the art of rhythm tap. Under the direction of Katie Budris (Managing Director) and Kat Richter (Artistic Director) the ensemble brings together local dancers and musicians to create both original choreography and improvised works. The company was selected to perform at the 2013 DanceUSA Conference and has performed at The Kimmel Center, The Wilma, The Forrest, Suzanne Roberts, and City Hall. Support for the ensemble is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
The Lady Hoofers
Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 4th at 7:00 pm
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia
Tickets are $25 General Admission or $18 Child/Student/Senior and are available online at https://the-lady-hoofers.ticketleap.com/on-tap-2019/
photo credit: Julieanne Harris