Take It Away Dance advances the scope of American tap dance and jazz music traditions through current choreography, modern compositions, progressive performances and accessible environments and contexts for the work. Utilizing the synergistic forms of tap dance and jazz music, the company reflects a shared American history and our collective, visionary future, which is actively cultivated through education and community initiatives throughout Philadelphia.
Our work is inspired by diverse musical influences, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to contemporary hip-hop, with a distinctive focus on the music and grooves that originated here in Philadelphia. We create original arrangements and compositions in collaboration with some of the best musicians in the world.
Take It Away Dance has been presented by Jazz Bridge (Neighborhood Concert), The Philadelphia Jazz Project (7X7 Series), Reading Terminal Market (Music at the Market Series), Creative Philadelphia (Culture in the Courtyard), Dixon Place (30-30-30, Eight in Show), The Barnes Foundation (Free First Sunday), The Outlet Dance Project, the Allentown Art Museum (Third Thursday), and Symphony Space (Stam-Pede/APAP). Commercially , Take It Away Dance has been contracted for Philadelphia appearances by The Fillmore and SEPTA.
The company creates new tap repertory works each year, and they have presented five, evening-length original concerts since 2014: Meet Us at The Corner, Winter Songs, Cross-Rhythms, Rhythm and Blues and Shoes and Glittering. The company has also presented the work of world-renowned women tap dance choreographers through the re-staging and performance of their classic works (Dorothy Wasserman: "Meet Us at The Corner," Heather Cornell: "Scrapple from the Apple," "Tap Tap [But Not For Me]").