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.
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.
Leilani Chirino started dancing at the age of three at the Conservatorio de las Artes de Conchita Espinosa, a Cuban arts academy started in Havana. She later became a principal dancer for the company of Ada Linares, specializing in flamenco, ballet, and modern jazz. In college, she studied Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban modern dance. Afterwards, she worked on incorporating Cuban body movement to her contemporary and modern jazz pieces. Leilani’s focus is on mastering the control and isolation of particular muscles in the body, allowing students to take command of their body movements.
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 in dance education, during which time she saw a consistent need for a dedicated space that preserved and advanced percussive, world, street and vernacular dance forms.
A dance instructor since 1998, her first job as an 18-year-old teacher was leading the tap program at Chestnut Street Dance Academy (now Urban Movement Arts) in downtown Philadelphia. In the twenty years since then, she has honed her craft by leading hundreds of classes and directing performing arts programs, for people of all ages, at studios, recreation centers, universities, summer camps, public schools, private schools, festivals, conventions and more on the East Coast. A few of her notable dance education positions include: Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, The Baldwin School, Abington Friends, Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia, DEA Youth Dance Program, Charlottesville Department of Recreation, Millville School District, West Park Cultural Center and The Arc of Philadelphia.
Pam has been leading programs and outreach initiatives in the tap dance community since 2008. Ten years ago, she founded Philly Tap Teaser, which has now scaled into The Philadelphia Community Tap Project, a slate of educational and performance programs which are accessible to anyone the Philadelphia area. 2017 also saw the birth of The Philly Clicks, a traveling youth tap ensemble that trains at Sound Space Performing Arts. Due to her contributions in tap dance, she has been invited to speak on a variety of nationally-syndicated programs, including Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recently recognized in the May 2017 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. Pam is the artistic director of Take It Away Dance, a touring company of tap dancers and musicians that continues to be presented by major venues in Philadelphia, New York and beyond. Pam's full professional, performance and teaching biography is at www.pamelahetherington.net.
Beverly Rolfsmeyer learned clogging back in the '70's when she was getting her Master's Degree in Dance at The Texas Woman's University. After moving to Dallas, she clogged with the Big D Cloggers and the Mountain Creek Cloggers. In 1980 she moved to Madison, WI and performed for two years with The Kickapoo Cloggers, a group out of the University of Wisconsin. On moving to New York City in 1982, she studied clogging with Ira Bernstein, Sharon Leahy and Pat Cannon. While studying Irish Step Dance at the Irish Arts Center, she formed a clogging group there called "The Hell's Kitchenettes". This group performed at many of the Irish Art Center's traveling shows. In 1990, Rolfsmeyer moved to Philadelphia where she taught tap dance and clogging with Mt. Airy Learning Tree. She danced with The Fiddlekicks, and eventually became the Co-Artistic Director and Performer. After that she studied with the Renegade Cloggers in NJ. During this time she taught clogging with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. Her children's clogging group at Starr Garden Recreation Center performed at National Tap Dance Day in 1998, which Rolfsmeyer founded and presented from 1996-1998. In addition, she attended the Berea Christmas School in KY for clogging workshops.