The story of Sound Space


This idea began about twenty years ago.

I am a Philadelphia native and professional tap dancer. Twenty years ago, I was a 16 year old tap dancer starting my career in Philadelphia. And, I ran into the problem that all percussive dancers face, which is, the difficulty of finding an available wood floor on which to practice, or any floor on which tap shoes are permitted.  I knew then that it was a common problem and one that I wanted to solve. Twenty years later, as my career has progressed into teaching, community organizing, and running my own dance company, I see, day in and day out, how vital it is to create and sustain a home for percussive, street and vernacular dance forms, all of which require a killer wood floor for rehearsal and practice. 


So, in 2015...

I built a 600-square-foot sprung wood floor, in a retrofitted warehouse space at 1525 North Bailey Street. I built it, and they came. Over a year's time, hundreds of tap, flamenco, hip hop, capoeira, kathak, Odissi and African dance artists used the floor for classes, rehearsals, auditions and rentals. Almost as soon as I built it, the idea and the interest had outgrown the size of the floor.


Now, in 2017...

Sound Space, a 1200 square foot studio with a sprung hardwood floor, opens at 2511 West Girard Avenue, in the heart of the Brewerytown corridor. It offers outstanding weekly classes, access to world-class guest teachers and convenient rental space, all on the best floor in town. Sound Space is owned and operated by Pamela HetheringtonWelcome home!

 
Take It Away Dance at the Reading Terminal, April 2016. Anthony Dean Photography.

Take It Away Dance at the Reading Terminal, April 2016. Anthony Dean Photography.

 
1525 North Bailey St., Philadelphia

1525 North Bailey St., Philadelphia