Tappy Days are Here Again!

The Lady Hoofers bring performing arts back to McMichael Park. 

Friends of McMichael Park presented The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble to an appreciative crowd of nearly 100 people on October 9. Despite the cloudy skies, the tap dancers delighted the crowd with a variety of dances, from the classics to completely improvised numbers. The kids in the audience had their chance for a quick tap lesson, as well.

The Lady Hoofers is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on preserving the tap art form through performing, mentoring, and community outreach. Their passion, talent, and original choreography connects innovative percussive dance to diverse audiences, challenging public perceptions and winning new fans in the Delaware Valley. This was their first foray into Northwest Philly.

After a long hiatus in community activities largely caused by pandemic restrictions (and some serious conflicts about the need for the wildly popular kids’ playspace), Friends of McMichael Park is letting East Falls and surrounding communities know that the park is resuming its role as a beautiful place to gather and relax.

More family-friendly toe-tapping for McMichael park this month, too. The Friends present Two of a Kind, an award-winning duo of interactive children’s music performers who engage audiences of all ages with their playful tunes, humor and audience participation!

David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans love bringing people together and building community through music. Themes range from friendship and animals to social issues like diversity and the environment, and often include movement, puppets and stories. Catch them at McMichael park Saturday, October 23, at 3 PM (rain date is the very next day, Sunday October 24th).

All welcome! We hope you and your family can join us.

ABOUT MCMICHAEL PARK: Six green acres off Henry Avenue, between Midvale Ave and Coulter Street (map). Named for Morton McMichael, a newspaper editor and the first Republican mayor of Philadelphia who served from 1866 to 1869. The park has one of the city’s last vintage turtle climbing sculptures (circa 1960s) and a newly-opened “natural playspace” designed to encourage active play in a peaceful, organic setting.

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF MCMICHAEL: A dedicated — and growing! — group of volunteers who helps Parks & Rec maintain McMichael as a safe & welcoming neighborhood oasis. The Friends organize regular clean-ups and fundraisers, plus a whole calendar of community activities: workouts, art exhibits, holiday celebrations, patriotic commemorations, and, of course, arts and entertainment. Follow on Facebook and Instagram. Website: McMichaelplayspace.org 

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