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Slide into the New Year!

For the Hot Foot Honeys, the holidays were merry and bright!  After spending a total of over 20 hours in group rehearsals since September (not even counting small groups!), we’ve enjoyed a quick break before hitting the ground tapping for our 2020 showcase.  We are grateful to spend another year together, and reflect on what made 2019 an incredible year! We started our year off in January with an incredible master class, led by Leo Sandoval of Dorrance Dance. A fun, challenging experience, everyone felt a little silly and ready to create! In February, our artistic director Marianne Bell was honored with not one, but TWO awards from the Destined 2 Dance awards. She was awarded both the “Most Inspirational Choreographer” and “Most Innovative Tap”.  There is no one more deserving of this honor, not only for her incredible work in the dance community, but for the work she does for the Memphis community as a whole.  She is truly a real rock star, and we are so fortunate to have her in our corner! In April, we had what we feel was the best showcase yet! Time Stepping gave us an opportunity to work with some fabulous collaborators and gifted guest artists.  We had more feet in seats than years prior, exposing even more people to tap dance!  One of the highlights of this was performing the empowering piece, set on us by Josh Scribner.  We truly enjoyed the whirlwind weekend we spent learning this choreography, and the amazing crowd response. As most of you know, one of our favorite parts of being the only professional tap company...

2019-2020 is HOT HOT HOT!

The Hot Foot Honeys are officially back in the studio, gearing up for the biggest, best season yet! First and foremost: You asked for it, Memphis, and we are DELIVERING!  Assistant Artistic Director and company member Kelby Auten will be offering a series of adult tap classes, starting September 17th!  This will be from 7-8pm at Theatreworks! If this doesn’t sate your appetite for tap, we also have TWO opportunities coming up for Master classes! Matt Shields will be making a pit stop with Postmodern Jukebox in Memphis, and will be sharing his incredible talent with our community on October 2nd. The following weekend, the Hot Foot Honeys will be having a whirlwind weekend with the incomparable Charles Renato!  Not only will he be setting a piece for our spring show (you will NOT want to miss it!), but he will also be offering a master class on October 12th! Be sure to visit our website to reserve your spot.  Space is limited! The Hot Foot Honeys are also thrilled to announce that we have a new company member to add to our Hive!  Emily Voogd is a student at The University of Memphis, majoring in Theater with an emphasis in Dance, and minoring in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Opera. She has trained in dance for sixteen years, studying under Matthew Lovegood, Judy Leppek, Patrick Roddy, Jacque Robinson, Lane Alexander, and Bril Barrett. She has studied voice for five years under Katie O’Rear, Karina Brazas, Sharen North Jones, and Joel Johnston. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Emily worked as an assistant teacher and choreographed for a tap competition team....

The Hot Foot Honeys 2018 Year in Review

Winter, spring, summer and fall, the Hot Foot Honeys are tapping through them all!  We would like to start with a sincere thank you to all of our supporters this year:  you are truly the bread and butter (with a little bit of Honey!) of what we do.  Your generous donations and attendance make it possible to continue doing amazing things year after year!  For information regarding charitable donations and other ways you can support us, take a look at our website! It’s never been easier to support your favorite tap company. Visit us here! We have had an amazing year of expanding our community outreach: Nothing is more important to the Hot Foot Honeys than reaching parts of the Memphis community that may not have access to the arts otherwise. We started the very early part of our 2018-2019 season with a collaboration with FEMMEMPHIS, with their production of Pretty.  This show bridged the gap with theater and dance, and allowed us to create meaningful relationships across the Memphis theater community. The Honeys brought improv to the Downtown Get Down. Despite the heat, these ladies were moving their feet.  Since many of the Hot Foot Honeys are also teachers, community outreach gearing towards exposing children to tap is one of our top priorities! So far, the company has participated in the Memphis Children’s Theater Festival and GPAC’s Peanut Butter & Jam-Tap, Rhythm and Rhyme.  Our reach doesn’t extend to just Memphis youth though! The Honeys also performed a very special piece for the Survivors Party: a tribute to locals who have survived domestic abuse.  This fall, we had the...

Flap into Fall!

Our 2018-2019 season is in full swing! It may still be hot, and the leaves aren’t quite falling, but the Honeys have fallen right back into our groove, with three weeks in the studio behind us. Our company auditions in August were success! There are FOUR new company members, each bringing their own gifts and style to the table.  Welcome, Chey, Kelby, Brooke, and Katie! If you’re jonesing to see some live tap, our next performance opportunity will be a real treat. Not only will you be supporting your ONLY local tap company, but more importantly you will also be showing your love and support for survivors of domestic abuse as they begin their journey towards a brighter future.  The FRESH START AHEAD event will be held October 5th. The time to dust off your tap shoes is quickly approaching! The first workshop of the season will be October 20th for beginner and absolute beginner (you don’t even need tap shoes to participate!) More details to follow! Keep your eyes on the prize every Tuesday! We are hosting a weekly #taptriviaTuesday event on our Facebook page, where you can answer trivia questions pertaining to women in tap. There will be fabulous prizes, so be sure to go like our page! Follow us on...

This summer is HOT HOT HOT…Foot Honeys!

TAPography may have marked the end of our incredible season, but the Hot Foot Honeys have even more in store before the next season begins! Most importantly, the Honeys would like to extend a monumental THANK YOU to all of our supporters who purchased merch in our fundraisers, attended our show, and purchased raffle tickets.  YOU are the reason the Hot Foot Honeys can continue providing top notch entertainment, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you. As the ONLY professional tap company in Memphis, there are few things more important to us than community outreach.  A handful of our incredible performers were given the opportunity to perform for Black Family Day at the Civil Rights Museum, sponsored by the Jack and Jill Foundation.  This wonderful foundation’s mission is to create strength and support for African American youth through our communities, and we were truly honored to be a part of this.   Visit their website to see how you can become a part of this movement! The Hot Foot Honeys will also be performing May 26th at the 13th Annual Memphis Children’s Theater Festival, hosted by Voices of the South.  This two day event showcases all types of performance, ranging from theater, street performance, and of course, TAP! We encourage everyone to come join us for jam packed schedule of entertainment!  See the full schedule here. Have you ever sat around thinking about how much you love tap dance?  Thought solemnly about those tap shoes collecting dust in your closet?  Well, it’s time to dust them off and join us for COMPANY AUDITIONS! Save the date...