Take It Away Dance is the sound of Philadelphia.
Take It Away Dance maintains the connection of music and dance. We are a tap dance and live music company. 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 Small Stakes Philly (Race Street Pier), 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), University City District (30th Street Station Series) and more. 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 restaging 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]"). Take It Away Dance has been featured on the nationally-syndicated arts program, Articulate. Take It Away Dance has been directed by Pamela Hetherington since 2014.