Celebrating 30+ years as an independent female in the performing arts world, Pew Arts & Heritage Dance Advance Awardee, Jaye Allison holds an MFA from Ashwood University, attended Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts (UARTS), and completed a UMass at Amherst certificate in Arts Management. Her training includes: Philadanco, the Ailey School, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, the Performance Institute, and 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.
Robert F. Burden, Jr. is the founder and artistic director of Tap Team Two and Company, a Philadelphia tap company which has been in existence since 1992. Robert has performed and taught all over the world and was a teacher at the University of the Arts for over 20 years. He passes on the Philadelphia street hoofing style as well as the teachings and "etudes" of the late LaVaughn Robinson. He is a Philadelphia dance treasure.
Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of jazz tap, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. She was a principle dancer with Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr., from 1996-2011, during which time she performed widely in major theaters all over the East Coast. Those experiences led her to create and produce dozens of tap dance and live music events in Philadelphia, and in 2014, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company has been presented consistently in Philadelphia and New York. Her work has been presented by Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Creative Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation, Allentown Art Museum, Dixon Place, and Symphony Space. Her work moves fluidly into music writing and recording: she has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book (2018) and is a featured recording artist on “The Whitman Project” mixtape (2019), published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project. Pam has been interviewed about her work on Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Teacher Magazine for her work with The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. For more, please visit www.pamelahetherington.net.
Liliana Ruiz was raised in Mexico City and started dancing classical ballet at the age of six. Her flamenco master teachers in Mexico include Chunny Amaya, Winny Amaya, Cristobal Reyes, Cristina Aguirre, and Mario Maya. Liliana studied classical Spanish Dance with Milagros and Pilar Rioja. Her notable dancing credits include performances in Carmen with opera singer Placido Domingo at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Premier Club with Julio Iglesias, Noches Españolas (Spanish Nights) with the “Poeta de Granada” (Granada Poet) Manuel Benitez Carrasco. Ms. Ruiz served as Artistic Director for the Centro Asturiano dance ensemble for ten years. She then created her own dance school/company Suspiro Español, which performed twice a year at the Teatro Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. When Liliana moved to the United States in 2000, she joined the company New York Express, and performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Shortly after, Liliana started to dance with local companies and in theatres in NY and Philadelphia, such as the Cashama Theatre (Broadway), the Wilma Theater, the Painted Bride, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Annenberg Center, and the Kimmel Center at the International Festival of the Arts. Ms. Ruiz has performed Classical Spanish dances with the two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero and the Philly POP’s at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as well as with the Atlantic Bay Symphony, the Pottstown Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the NJ Patriots Symphony directed by Dan Spalding. She also performs with the band La Revancha throughout the USA including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cleveland, and others.
Shirla is a Philadelphia native and a resident of Brewerytown. She loves to dance and she loves to BOP! When she’s not at the studio, you might find her around town, dancing and bopping 7 nights a week!