Pamela Hetherington

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Pamela Hetherington is a professional dancer, choreographer, educator and artistic director. A Philadelphia native, she began her training at the Philadelphia Civic Ballet and the Next Generation Dance Theater, directed by the late Stephan Love, who recognized her passion for tap and connected her with many great tap teachers in Philadelphia, including Leon Evans, Delphine Mantz, LaVaughn Robinson, and Robert F. Burden, Jr. She joined Philadelphia tap company, Tap Team Two, at the age of sixteen and was a principle dancer with the company for fifteen years, during which time she performed widely in major theaters, venues and festivals all over Philadelphia and the East Coast. Those experiences led her to imagine and produce dozens of tap dance and live music events in Philadelphia, starting in 2007, building a tap dance and music scene from the ground up. In 2013, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company that is the sound of Philadelphia. Her choreography has been presented by the McGuffey Arts Center and Live Arts, (Charlottesville, VA), Small Stakes Philly, Jazz Bridge, The Philadelphia Jazz Project, Fringearts, the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, the Reading Terminal Market, Creative Philadelphia, Koresh Dance and Dixon Place. This work been supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2014-2016), Small But Mighty Arts (2014), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2016). She works consistently as a solo tap artist in the tri-state area and is swing member of the Sophisticated Ladies show at the Cotton Club in New York, under the direction of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Pam has been a consistent and visible ambassador for making tap dance accessible to people and audiences across Philadelphia, for almost a decade. She founded and directed eleven installments of the community tap and jazz music series, Philly Tap Teaser (2008-2014), which has now scaled into The Philadelphia Community Tap Project, going into its fourth year. She owns and operates Sound Space Philly, a hardwood-floored dance space in the heart of Brewerytown. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. She has three children.

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