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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...

It’s Time for TAPography!

It’s finally here, the week that the Hot Foot Honeys anxiously await all year:  It’s time for our spring showcase, TAPography!  To celebrate, here are some statistics and facts regarding the Hot Foot Honeys, and tap in general! The Hot Foot Honeys began rehearsing in September of this year, meaning we have put in 32 full company rehearsals on Sunday nights! This equates to roughly 48 hours of tap, not including additional Friday or Saturday practices for pieces that do not have the full company, any practice members do on their own, or the countless hours poured into choreographing! This year we have 11 company members: each tap shoe has two taps, so when each member is on stage, there are 44 taps total! We had an incredible turnout at our January 27th workshop! Did you know the biggest workshop occurred in Australia last year, with a turnout of 274 participants?! Can you imagine how loud that was? Originally, tap shoes had wooden bottoms or leather soles.  The metal tap was not introduced until 1910! In the 1950’s and 60’s, it was common for children to attach bottle caps and scraps of metal to the soles of their shoes to mimic famous tap dancers.   There is still plenty of time to reserve your spot for the masterclass with Asha Griffith, happening Saturday April 21st.  Schedule a full day of tap! Children up to 18 will begin at 1:00 pm, and adults will begin at 2:00pm.  Visit our website to ensure you reserve your spot.  Tickets are only $25, a real steal to experience a class like this in...

Shufflin’ Into Spring!

The Hot Foot Honeys’ very favorite season is upon us! Spring has sprung, our choreography is being perfected with each rehearsal, and the countdown for our spring showcase has officially begun! You can buy your tickets for TAPography ahead of time to ensure you won’t miss out! Visit The Buckman’s website and grab tickets for any of the THREE shows: Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 8:00pm, or Sunday, April 22 at 2:00pm. In addition to our fabulous spring showcase, on April 21st, Asha Griffith will be joining us in teaching a master class!  1:00-2:00pm will be for the kiddos under 18, and 2:00-3:00pm is for intermediate adults 18 and up! Learn some innovative new moves from one of today’s most visionary artists and dynamic performers!  The fee is $25, and you can pay in advance to secure your spot! Visit our website today! You can also catch her performing in a guest spot for TAPography, and see a piece she choreographed for the Hot Foot Honeys to perform. Putting on a show is a major challenge, and pulling it off seamlessly requires a lot of help!  We would like to take a moment to showcase our artists and collaborators for this year’s showcase! First up, Deneka Lewis and her fierce vocal stylings.  We are ever grateful that she continues to grace the stage with us with her beautiful voice.  You can visit her Facebook and take a peek and some of the pieces she’s been performing! Next, we have Siphne Sylve, beatboxing extraordinaire.  We are so excited to collaborate again, because you’ll truly never hear anything quite like this! Please visit Siphne’s website here!...

For the Love of Dance….

For some, Valentine’s Day conjures up images of pink and red, sweet treats, and bouquets of flowers.  For tap dancers, this day holds a very different meaning:  February 14th, 1946, the iconic Gregory Hines was born.  He is responsible for inspiring a new generation of tappers with his diverse talents and passion for spreading the love of tap.  Thanks to his efforts in Congress and the film “Tap”, along with the help of many other artists, we celebrate National Tap Dance Day every May 25th, a day that unifies dancers around the world.  His lifelong love of dance has inspired many of the members of the Hot Foot Honeys, and a special solo will be dedicated to him during our spring showcase, Tapography.  Come share in the love and honor his memory April 20-22 at the Buckman! “I’m going to tap until I can’t: I’ll be so old, all I can do is walk out from the wings to stage center.  But I’ll be there.” -In loving memory of Gregory Hines (February 14th, 1946-August 9, 2003) Our first tap workshop of the year was a wonderful success!  Our beginner and absolute beginner tappers filled both studio spaces at the Evergreen Theater with such rhythm and energy.  A huge thank you to everyone who attended, our incredible board members who go above and beyond to make every Hot Foot Honeys event a success, and Hot Foot Honeys members Cristina and Danielle for being the fearless leaders of each workshop group.  We can’t wait for the next workshop event, which will feature Asha Griffith!  Keep a close eye out for more...

Tap into 2018

The Hot Foot Honeys are hard back at work as we flap our way into the New Year! Have you ever missed a performance and found yourself wishing there was a way you could see it?  Do you ever just get the urge to check out some exciting tap pieces from the comfort of your own home? The Hot Foot Honeys have some good news for you!  We now have our very own Youtube page!  Check out every single piece from our 2017 Tap by Number showcase at your leisure. Click the link below! Hot Foot Honeys Youtube Our t-shirt fundraiser featuring garments with our brand new logo will be coming to a close on January 17th.  You still have time to get your orders in and represent your only Memphis tap company! Follow the link below to get tote bags, t shirts, tanks and hoodies that support a wonderful cause: getting even more quality dance programming into your city! Tapography Fundraiser And finally, we are hosting our very first Beginner and Absolute Beginner tap workshop of 2018 on January 27th, taught by two of our incredible company members!  Even if you have never tapped before and don’t own a pair of tap shoes, this workshop is still for you!    Visit the link below to lock in your spot (hot tip: if you book early, you get a discount to sweeten the deal!) Tap Workshop Signup As a fun little treat, the Hot Foot Honeys were asked about their resolutions for this year.  It’s always exciting to see what everyone wants to work on, and find ways to...

Happy Tappy Holidays from the Hot Foot Honeys!

“Twas the week before Christmas and in the dance space All the Honeys were tapping all over the place Their shuffles and scuffles and wings on point It’s the best season yet, and we won’t disappoint!” As we decorate our trees, wrap our gifts, and surround ourselves with loved ones, we look towards the horizon with excitement for the remainder of our season.  As our gift to you, here are some of our highlights, hot tips, and exciting news so far! First and foremost, we grew our Hot Foot Honeys family this year by three!  Our amazing new members Meredith, Ari, and McKenzie have brought to us fresh perspective, exciting ideas, and a wealth of knowledge from their varying dance backgrounds.  Memphis is so fortunate to have such a thriving artistic community, and the Hot Foot Honeys are thrilled that these artists heard the buzz and joined us. Prior to the holidays, we had a challenging marathon weekend session with tap great Asha Griffith, who has so graciously offered the Honeys some of her incredible choreography to premier in TAPography, our spring showcase.  Her contemporary tap style is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You won’t want to miss her guest spot in the upcoming show, so mark you calendars for April 20-22 at the Buckman! In addition to Asha’s piece, on Sunday nights we’ve been busy as bees working on new pieces for our spring showcase.  We are excited to say that some of these BRAND NEW original tap pieces are nearing completion!  Keep your eyes peeled for some exclusive sneak-peeks on our Facebook. In the meantime, enjoy...

Tap and… Aerial Fusion!

Our very own Cristina Kelly is creating a brand new piece that combines aerial and tap into one awesome piece. Don’t miss your chance to see it in person at Honeys on Tap!, April 8-10, 2016. Visit our Performance page for more info. Posted by Cristina Kelly on Thursday, 17 March...

Hot Foot Honeys Present Honeys on Tap!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sarah Bolton, Media Relations 805.464.1499 (cell) sarahbolton2003@yahoo.com The Hot Foot Honeys Present Honeys on Tap! March 8, 2016 (MEMPHIS, TN): The Hot Foot Honeys, Memphis’ professional tap dance company, presents, Honeys on Tap!, April 8-10, 2016 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center. Honeys On Tap! is a high energy, innovative show featuring tap, hip-hop, spoken word, aerial-tap fusion, breakdance, contemporary and belly dance/Tahitian. Cultivating collaboration and creativity, Hot Foot Honeys bring together artists from across genres and communities. Download PDF of Full Press Release “I love putting our shows together, because I am continually amazed by the breadth and excellence of talent right here in Memphis,” says Artistic Director Marianne Bell. “I’m so lucky to have a creative, passionate group of company members who are so committed to exploring innovative ways to present tap to the Midsouth community.” The show this year explores the sparks of inspiration, whether from music, movement, or artists from the past, that provide the impetus for today’s dancers to create and collaborate with their communities. This show is the company’s first at the Buckman. Guest artists performing with the Hot Foot Honeys include Stephen Prince Tate, Inner City South, Knowledge Nick, Amber Lea, 901 Breakers, and Cyara White. Show Information Dates/Times: April 8-9, 2016 – 8 p.m., April 10, 2016 – 2 p.m. Location: Buckman Performing Arts Center, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis Tickets: On sale March 1, 2016 Price: $20/Adults $15/Students with valid ID and Seniors (65 & over) $12/Children (10 & under) To Buy:  http://www.buckmanartscenter.com or call 901-302-5487 About Hot Foot Honeys Founded in December 2012 by Marianne Bell,...