Take It Away Dance at the Philly Fringe Festival
to Sep 20

Take It Away Dance at the Philly Fringe Festival

Pamela Hetherington brings her company Take It Away Dance to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for four presentations of The Destination is the Downbeat, a new work that considers the notion of 'keeping time' in jazz music. Distinctly Philadelphian in its sound, approach and vibe, Take It Away Dance creates a thrilling combination of movement and music, improvised solos and group choreography. The show explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music and leaps into compositions by Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Mel Lewis, along with original compositions by the band. The musical accompaniment is provided by Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trumpeter, Paul Giess; and bassist, Nicholas Krolak. Along with the musicians, there are four tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Morgan O'Shea and Kristin Potocki.

This is the company's fifth anniversary year. Music Director, Erica Corbo and Pamela Hetherington started working together in 2018, and their musical relationship has extended into other projects that claim a space for women in jazz. The jazz future is female.

Drummers is a former warehouse space renovated into a sophisticated jazz venue by internationally-renowned drummer, Sherrie Maricle. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the music will start at 7:30 each evening. The set will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

About Take It Away Dance: Take It Away Dance maintains the connection of music and dance. Our work is inspired by diverse jazz music influences with a distinctive focus on the music and grooves that originated here in Philadelphia. Take It Away Dance has been presented by Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts, The Philadelphia Jazz Project (7X7 Series), Creative Philadelphia (Culture in the Courtyard), Dixon Place Eight in Show), The Barnes Foundation (Free 1st Sunday), Allentown Art Museum (3rd Thursday), and Symphony Space (Stam-Pede/APAP). The company has presented five original evening-length original concerts since 2014. They have also presented the work of world-renowned women tap dance choreographers, such as Dorothy Wasserman and Heather Cornell, through the re-staging and performance of classic repertory. Take It Away Dance has been featured on the nationally-syndicated arts program, Articulate, and has been directed by Pamela Hetherington since 2014.

About Pamela Hetherington: Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of jazz tap, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. She was a principle dancer with Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr., from 1996-2011. In 2014, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company has been presented consistently in Philadelphia and New York for the last five years. For Take It Away Dance, she has choreographed and directed five evening-length tap dance and live music concerts since 2014. Her work moves fluidly into music writing and recording: she has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book and is a featured recording artist on “The Whitman Project” mixtape, published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project. Pam has been interviewed about her work on Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Teacher Magazine for her work directing The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. She owns Philadelphia's principal studio for percussive dance: Sound Space Performing Arts

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The Destination is The Downbeat
7:00 PM19:00

The Destination is The Downbeat

Just because you're not a _drummer_, doesn't mean that you don't have to _keep time_. -- Thelonious Monk

For our fifth anniversary concert, we are on the one.

The Destination is the Downbeat is a new concert work that considers the notion of 'keeping time' in jazz music. Time is a feeling; it is swing, groove and rhythmic feel - the essence of tap dancing itself. For tap dancers, how they play time in jazz music has everything to do with who they are as musicians and as human beings. Rhythm is intimately personal and music is the original DM (direct message). Pamela Hetherington's choreography explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music, including blues, hard bop, free and post-bop. One new work will explore the music of legendary Philadelphia jazz musician, Bobby Timmons. The concert also leaps into the music of Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Christian McBride, Miles Davis and original compositions by Nicholas Krolak and Erica Mack.

The musical accompaniment is provided by piano-vocalist, Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trombonist, Paul Giess; bassist, Nicholas Krolak, drummer, Erica Mack, and vocalist, V. Shayne Frederick. Along with the musicians, there are seven tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Rosie Marinelli, Khalil Munir, Morgan O'Shea, Kristin Potocki, and Vanetta Wood.

+Artistic direction and choreography: Pamela Hetherington

Two sets: 7:30 and 8:30 pm

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Summer Glittering at Julian Abele Park
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Glittering at Julian Abele Park

A hot night of cool summer jazz with Erica Corbo (piano and voice,) Pamela Hetherington (tap shoes and voice,) and Tim Price (saxes etc!)

Set 1 will feature Pam and Erica lighting up South Philadelphia with their concert about the "sound, moon and stars." Glittering: A mix of hand selected moon-glowing jazz standards and stardust-y original tunes from Erica Corbo's album, "I, America." With some new material added just for the Park!

Set 2 will feature Tim and Erica and doing what they do best: playing jazz from the heart in their own unique styles!  

Spoiler Alert: All three musicians will join together for a special treat.

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Take It Away Dance at the Allentown Art Museum
6:30 PM18:30

Take It Away Dance at the Allentown Art Museum

Take It Away Dance is thrilled to be a part of the May "Third Thursday" event at the Allentown Art Museum.

Come out and hear us!

Thursday, May 17
31 North Fifth Street
Allentown, PA
6:30-7:30 pm

Featuring our favorite repertory and some new choreography just for Allentown!

Featuring Pamela Hetherington and Rosie Marinelli on tap shoes, Nick Krolak on bass and Dena Underwood on vocals.

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7:30 PM19:30


Tap dancer, Pamela Hetherington and singer/songwriter/accompanist, Erica Corbo, are collaborating on a new evening of music for piano, voice and tap dance that's all about the sound, moon and stars.

Inspired by their mutual love of stargazing and astronomy, this pair will play on a mix of moon-glowing jazz standards and stardust-y original tunes from Erica Corbo's album, "I, America." 

May 11: 7:30 and 9:30
May 12: 7:30 and 9:30

Sound Space Performing Arts
2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Run time: 60 minutes
Tickets $10

To reserve your seat, go HERE.
Limited space.

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Rhythm and Blues and Shoes
5:00 PM17:00

Rhythm and Blues and Shoes

Take It Away Dance presents

Rhythm & Blues & Shoes :An Evening of New Tap Dance Works and Live Music

Two shows: 5 and 8 pm***

Rittenhouse Soundworks, 219 West Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA (free parking lot next door)

Tickets $18/$20

Show length is 70 minutes, no intermission.

Artistic direction, choreography, original compositions and arrangements: Pamela Hetherington

Music direction: Jonathan Katz

Take It Away Dance: Pamela Hetherington, Lauren O'Shea, Rosie Marinelli

The Jonathan Katz Quartet: Jonathan Katz (saxophone), Nicholas Krolak (bass), Gusten Rudolph (drums), James Santangelo (piano)

Rhythm & Blues & Shoes takes a leap into bebop, blues and tap dance from 1945 into the mid-1960s. Bebop drummers like Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey, (many of whom started out tap dancing), took inspiration for many of their complex licks and riffs from hoofers. As jazz and specifically, jazz drumming, got more complicated, tap dancers found ways to innovate their own music and continue the conversation of jazz and tap dance. This concert features some music by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner and original compositions by Pamela Hetherington. 

***Featuring a special performance by The Philadelphia Community Tap Project (www.phillytapproject.com)

For tickets: please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2739125

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Free First Sunday Concert at The Barnes Foundation
3:00 PM15:00

Free First Sunday Concert at The Barnes Foundation

Join Take It Away Dance as they swing through the Barnes for April's Free First Sunday and Jazz Appreciation Month. Tap dance, lindy hop, live music and some sneak peeks of our upcoming show "Rhythm and Blues and Shoes." 

Choreography and direction: Pamela Hetherington

Music direction: Jon Katz

Dancers: Pamela Hetherington, Rosie Marinelli, Khalil Munir, Lauren O'Shea, Kayla Tarpley, Gaby Cook and Nathan Bugh. Live accompaniment by the Jon Katz Quartet and vocalist, Dena Underwood.

The Barnes offers free admission and programs on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

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30th Anniversary Performance at Dixon Place (NYC)
7:30 PM19:30

30th Anniversary Performance at Dixon Place (NYC)

Join us at Dixon Place on Friday, December 30 and help us celebrate the end of 2016 with our new tap and saxophone take on "Auld Lang Syne." Choreography and musical direction by Pamela Hetherington, tap dancing by Pamela Hetherington, Robin Passmore, Rosie Marinelli and Lauren O'Shea, and accompaniment by Abraham Mennan.

Dixon Place's 30th Anniversary Year Finale Dance Celebration

Featuring 30 dance companies saluting the close of the 30th Anniversary Year for NYC's pre-eminent artistic incubator.

Tickets are $30 General, $25 Early Bird (until November 30th) - USE CODE 'earlybird' or please use the following link.https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10123536/prm/earlybird


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Cross Rhythms is Take It Away Dance's annual evening concert of new tap and music works. This year's concert is all about the sound - that kind of sound that can only be delivered through pitch-perfect movement, in that space between melody and silence. We dance and play across four different kinds of grooves: straight-ahead jazz and blues, contemporary music, samba, and funk/hip hop/R&B. 

Run time: 70 minutes, no intermission.

$15/advance $20/door. For advance tickets: takeitawaydance.ticketleap.com.

Choreography by Pamela Hetherington. Guest choreographers: stb x at and Max Pollak for The Philadelphia Community Tap Project.

Accompaniment by the Adam Faulk Trio (Adam Faulk: piano, Nimrod Speaks: bass and Khary Shaheed: drums). Original music for tap dance by Adam Faulk and Pamela Hetherington; music direction by Pamela Hetherington.

Take It Away Dance: Rosie Marinelli, Sarah Mason, Lauren O'Shea and Robin Passmore. 

The Philadelphia Community Tap Project: Alyssa Barlis, Danielle Desimone, Lee-Ann Doncevic, Judy Freed, Sara Graybeal, Roberta Halpern, Lindsey Hamilton, Donna Heffner. Christina Krawiec, Kathy Moore, Melissa Palmer, Dawn Pratson, Cathy Rubin.

Take It Away Dance highlights the connection between tap dance and music. It is fueled by the power of collaboration and our work layers percussive rhythms, live music, vocals and other interdisciplinary forms. We contribute to the sound of Philadelphia. Take It Away Dance has been presented by Small Stakes Philly, The Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Bridge, The Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and the Music Series at the Reading Terminal Market. 

Cross Rhythms is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

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7:00 PM19:00

National Tap Dance Day Celebration at the Singing Fountain

  • Singing Fountain at Passyunk Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 every year and is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form. National Tap Dance Day was ...signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989.[1] [It] was the brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen. They deemed May 25 appropriate for this holiday because it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance. (Source: Wikipedia). Take It Away Dance and The Philadelphia Community Tap Project are hosting a National Tap Dance Day celebration on Wednesday, May 25, 7-8 pm, at Passyunk Square's Singing Fountain, South 11th St. and Passyunk Avenue. We are planning a few short sets, accompaniment by Drum Like a Lady, challenges and of course, the shim sham! If you'd like to get involved, please email us at takeitawaydance@gmail.com. You can bring a board, an instrument, your shoes or suggest something for the program. Suggesting ideas, volunteering and just spreading the word is much appreciated! 

This event has been approved by PARC (Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation).

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12:00 PM12:00

Music at the Market

We will be celebrating Philadelphia's Jazz Appreciation Month with tap dance and live music at the best market in the world. Find us at the center of the market, by the Bronze Pig. Featuring Brian Davis, Katie Haldeman, Pamela Hetherington and Rosie Marinelli on tap shoes, Jason Long on piano, Nick Krolak on bass and Robert H. Henderson on drums.


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8:00 PM20:00

Dance EXposure

Dance EXposure, presented by the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE), serves up a cornucopia of exciting, engaging and captivating dance works by the region’s most talented choreographers and dance companies. Formerly known as LVDE’s Cabaret Nights, Dance EXposure is a bi-annual showcase that provides a setting for established and emerging dance artists to present their work in a supportive, creative environment and, in so doing, gain “exposure” for their choreography and broaden their community reach.

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE) is to create a strong professional dance presence/scene in the Lehigh Valley by utilizing the dance talent of various Lehigh Valley arts programs, organizations and facilities and engaging the community in the creation and performance of new works that speak directly to the people, culture and issues of the Lehigh Valley. LVDE gathers professional level dancers, choreographers and companies of the Lehigh Valley in order to facilitate dance collaborations and performances using Lehigh Valley arts venues. LVDE serves as a liaison for individuals and groups to share performance costs, locate dancers, show work, host master classes, network and explore professional dance in the Lehigh Valley.


Fowler Blast Furnace Room
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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