We were invited to join the Black Genius Brain Trust, a community of visionaries and cultural torchbearers in support of the Black Genius Foundation. We are honored to serve as advisors and ambassadors to bring greater awareness to the Black Creative Ecosystem.
For many of our teen girls of our Tap Into Life Madureira program, this was their first ever trip to the beach, despite living in Rio their entire lives.
Tap In Rio is so special and we look forward to seeing our Brazilian students every year - their joy lifts us up! We chartered a bus for students coming from favelas so they could safely participate in the festival.
What a gift to be invited onto the Kelly Clarkson Show! We performed Rise Up and spoke with Kelly about Syncopated Ladies, a tap company made up of Chloé and Maud Foundation alumni. We discuss the Ladies' first national tour, and the women who have blazed a trail to make our work possible.
In its 50th anniversary year, the Kennedy Center selected 50 artists, cultural leaders, change makers, leaders, and community activists to be a part of The Kennedy Center's Next50. Growing up, Chloé and Maud had the had the opportunity to perform as part of the outreach initiatives. Now, Chloé and Maud are working to bring the Foundation students to the Kennedy Center.
This year we kicked off our FIRST NATIONAL TOUR, making history as the first to produce and tour a full scale Live Tap Concert featuring all black women in over a century. In each city, the Chloé and Maud Foundation gave out free tickets to our community partners, and offered free dance classes, talkbacks, Q&As, and school shows.
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WORCESTER, MA - HUNTINGDON, PA - BLOOMSBURG, PA WASHINGTON, DC - CHARLOTTE, NC - MEMPHIS, TN BIRMINGHAM, AL - OPELIKA, AL - STARKVILLE, MS
ATLANTA, GA - LIVERMORE, CA - LA MIRADA, CA
Birmingham was one of the most memorable crowds of our early 2022 tour dates - the city's history offered a powerful perspective on our performance, and the sold out crowd's energy lifted our spirits to new heights while absorbing the show's message of empowerment, sisterhood, and infinite possibilities!
In multiple cities on tour, we offered community outreach classes - whether in partnership with the theater or a local dance studio, these classes were free to all attendees and open to all ages and abilities. Offering safe spaces for learning and exploration is a major part of our mission, and we are dedicated to never letting finances be an obstacle.
Before our performance at the Orpheum Theater, we purchased 300 tickets for local dance studios in underserved communities to offer at no cost a theater experience that the dancers and their families might not otherwise be able to afford.
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To close out the first leg of our 2022 tour, we offered a community talk back after our incredible last show in Boise, ID. Young dancers and entrepreneurs had the opportunity to join us for an intimate conversation, ask for guidance, and pose questions about out beginnings, We offered advice and gave specialized support to attendees.
We had the best time on tour - the energy was higher than we could have dreamed of! After many sold out shows and incredible meed and greets where we had the opportunity to meet audience members who were inspired by our show and message, we came home revitalized and reentered in our purpose. You can't be what you don't see, and we are honored to offer representation to young people all over the country.
After an incredible Syncopated Ladies concert in Orange, CA, we offered community classes at Chapman University in partnership with their first tap dance festival. The opportunity to connect with young dancers is always a gift, as er strive to offer mentorship, guidance, and sow seeds of possibility.
We were honored to be a part os the opening of the beautiful Rhimes Performing Arts Center for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy! It's an honor to celebrate one of our sheroes, Shonda Rhimes, and thank her for cultivating spaces where young people can create fearlessly. Thank you for seeing us and investing in the future!
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Two of our scholarship students - Ayla and Egypt, both members of our youth tap company Sole Talk - performed a duet at the Environmental Charter School's Unity Fest in LA. These dancers embody our mission of empowerment on and off the dance floor.
After wrapping SPIRITED in 2021, we coordinated donations of our sprung, high quality dance floors to multiple studios in need in Los Angeles. Nine thousand pounds of wood were transported almost three thousand miles across the country, from Massachusetts to California. Young dancers are now taking class on floors used by Will Farrell, Ryan Reynolds, Octavia Spencer, and the Syncopated Ladies, their legs and bodies protected by sprung wood.
HISTORY! We are so beyond proud of scholarship students Freddie and Teddie's work TAP DANCING in Kendrick Lamar's powerful, poignant new album! It is our mission to bring opportunities to young people who may not otherwise have access, and expand their vision of what is possible.
Maud wrapped her FIRST feature film as a choreographer, THEATER CAMP! Written by Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman, we were able to hire multiple scholarship students (including Ayla and Giada, both of whom have been scholarship students since they were six years old) as dancers!
Chloé was honored with the June cover of Dance Magazine: as our visibility increases, so does the visibility of our mission, and the possibilities we can offer to our youth flourish!
We cherish our partnership with Get Empowered, and were honored to be invited to their Arts Empowerment Fest in Queens, bringing art to over 1,000 kids grades Pre-K to 8th.
Some of our NYC Sole Talk dancers performed for Total Equity Now's Literacy Across Harlem day - a fun and meaningful opportunity for Harlem residents of al ages to engage with literacy, deepen their knowledge of the community's rich literary history and landscape, and celebrate Harlem's identity as a world-renowned hub of literature by and about Black and Brown people.
Maud headed to Sint Maarten for ART SAVES LIVES! Our foundations are so in alignment regarding our mission of offering uplifting opportunities to young people who may not receive them otherwise. For many, it was their first tap class!
Chloé wrapped her second feature film - Jerry Seinfeld's UNFROSTED! This project was a dream come true, working alongside industry icons and hiring both current and previous scholarship students, including Foundation student and mentee Ire Omitowoju, during the process. We are so thankful for how our opportunities in the television and film industries have grown this year - the dream is real!
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TAP INTO SISTERHOOD! We had such an incredible day with the ladies of the Fresh Air Fund learning about empowerment, community, confidence, and dance! It wouldn't have been possible without the support of Kimberly Steward and K Period Media! Together, we had an uplifting day of dance classes and these young people were given empowerment journals to put their dreams and goals in writing. We discussed actualizing those dreams - we are so happy to be in their corner as they strive forward!
While in France, Chloe and Maud offered a free class to the Parisian tap dance community - so much joie de vivre in one studio! We