Celebrating 30+ years as an independent female in the performing arts world, Pew Arts & Heritage Dance Advance Awardee, Allison's experiences as dancer, rehearsal mistress, choreographer, director to producer show her ability to contribute to the performing arts world that she loves.
Miss Allison's MFA and BFA from Ashwood University, attended Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts (UARTS), U of MA at Amherst certificate in Arts Management. Additional professional training from Philadanco. In New York City, she trained at the Ailey School, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, the Performance Institute, and the Broadway Dance Center where she was awarded a scholarship. Her teachers included the best in the modern, jazz and tap dance arena, including; Frank Hatchett, Maurice Hines, Hinton Battle and Cecilia Marta.
Miss Allison trains students in modern (Horton, jazz and tap in Philadelphia and NJ area dance studios. Her youth repertoire and competition choreography has done well YAGP - Youth America Grand Prix, Starbound, All American Talent Awards and several local competitions.
A Philadelphia native, Pam started a dance performance career in this city at the age of sixteen, when she joined Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr. Throughout the next 22 years of her own performance, choreography, artistic direction and community arts leadership projects in Philadelphia, the work consistently leads back to percussive dance education. Sound Space Performing Arts is the outgrowth of her two decades of instructing classes for kids and adults. Her dance teaching journey has led her to innumerable dance studios, public schools, private schools, summer camps, after school programs, tap festivals, conventions and more. Besides studio instruction, Pam has been a consistent and visible ambassador for tap in Philadelphia, for the past ten years. In 2007, she created and is now the Executive Director of The Philadelphia Community Tap Project, a free tap education institute open to kids and adults across Philadelphia that is housed at Sound Space Performing Arts. 2017 also saw the birth of The Philly Clicks, a traveling youth tap ensemble that trains at Sound Space Performing Arts. Pam is the artistic director of Take It Away Dance, a professional tap dance and jazz music company that continues to be presented by venues in Philadelphia, New York and beyond. Pam's full professional, performance and teaching biography is at www.pamelahetherington.net.
Tyra has been dancing for 11 years and is currently a second-year dance major at Temple University. She is the communications director for D2D: Dare To Dance, an all-styles dance team at Temple University.
Tafari was Athletic Recreation Center's Director of Dance and Drama, a position he held for ten years. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts and has decades of experience training youths in ballet, contemporary, modern and hip hop. We are excited to have Mr. Tafari continue his mentorship and guidance of the dance kids in Brewerytown.
A New Orleans native, Amy began dancing at the age of three. The same year that she graduated from high school as class valedictorian, she was also named a semi-finalist for “Dance America Dancer of the Year.” Amy went on to study at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a focus in Ballet Performance. During her years at UArts, Amy had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Kun-Yang Lin, Scott Jovovich, Anastasia Babayeva, Sara Procopio, Helen Simoneau, and many more. It was also during this time that she began her flamenco education with Anna and Tito Rubio. She now regularly travels to Spain to further her flamenco studies at schools such as the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren in Sevilla, Amor De Dios in Madrid, and Estudio de Baile Flamenco de Chiqui de Jerez, studying with maestros Milagros Menjibar, Javier Latorre, Antonio Hidalgo, Domingo Ortega, Inmaculada Ortega, Alfonso Losa among others. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with esteemed flamenco artists such as Antonio Hidalgo, Sonia Olla, Ismael Fernandez, and Andres Heredia. Amy is currently working as a flamenco teaching artist and company member with both Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York and Flamenco del Encuentro in Philadelphia.