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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. [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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
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
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015