Quarantine can feel longer than a month of Sundays. At this year's Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Take It Away Dance has the fix for a real month of Sundays: a tap dance and jazz music concert live-streamed to you, every Sunday afternoon, during the Fringe. Each week: a new show. Each week: anything can happen. Sit back, relax and tune in for “the time of your life.” (Broad St Review).
For A Month of Sundays, Pamela Hetherington presents new jazz tap choreography that features the music of Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Ray Brown. To add to the surprises, special guests will drop by every Sunday...and get ready, because we will take YOUR requests, throughout the show.
Our tap dancers are arranged into the band as instrumentalists and their movements are choreographed as music. On the bandstand each week are five tap dance improvisers: Lauren Belasco, Olivia Bohrer, Alec Chupik, Pamela Hetherington and Kristin Potocki. The company’s house band, The Jazz Tap Quintet -- well, we are biased, but we feel it’s made up of the hippest jazz musicians in Philly: Tim Brey (piano), Paul Giess (trumpet), Jon Katz (saxophone), Nicholas Krolak (bass), and Claudio de Pujadas (drums). Special guests, David Underwood and Bethlehem Roberson, will pop by as special guests throughout the series.
The weekly concerts will stream from Sound Space Performing Arts in Brewerytown. Ticket holders will join our Facebook group, where they can comment live, listen virtually with friends, and call tunes.
Take It Away Dance advances the scope of American tap dance and jazz music 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 future, which is cultivated through education and community initiatives throughout Philadelphia. Our work is fueled by and connected to jazz music with a distinctive focus on Philadelphia musicians and compositions. Since its founding in 2014, Take It Away Dance has been presented by Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Creative Philadelphia, Dixon Place, Barnes Foundation, Outlet Dance Project, Allentown Art Museum, and Symphony Space. Take It Away Dance was featured on the nationally-syndicated program, Articulate, due to its continued accomplishments in re-staging and performing the work of women tap choreographers. This is the company's sixth year.
Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia native and jazz tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of the dance, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. Her choreography has been presented in a variety of jazz music and concert venues along the East Coast. Her solo career is devoted to duo jazz collaborations that devise new ways to arrange tap dance to improvised music. She has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book and is a featured artist on the Whitman Project Mixtape, published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project (2019). Since 2015, she has owned Sound Space Performing Arts, an urban dance studio in North Philadelphia, where she directs forward-thinking dance programs and spearheads new initiatives that keep tap dance alive in Philadelphia.