Tap & Blues at the After Party

TScreen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.59.04 AMhe Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield announces presentation of Tap & Blues: Two White Girls and The Backbeat on August 5, 2016 at 8p as part of August’s First Friday events. 

Tap & Blues is a collaborative duo of Berkshire-based musical artists, Stefanie Weber and Robin O’Herin. Pittsfield native Weber is an action-based dance artist most known for her international dance work, They Dance For Rain, in Nairobi, Kenya. O’Herin is a touring blues and gospel musician, specializing in historically rich concerts that feature original and traditional Delta blues. Together they create a new and bold rhythmic conversation that is both intensely raw and intricate as they revisit classic American tap dance and blues steps, songs and stories. Spend an evening with these Two White Girls and The Backbeat  and be immersed in the boundless landscape of two exceptional American art forms.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information about Tap & Blues visit fertileuniverse.com. For more information about the The Whitney Center for Arts and it’s programs, visit thewhit.org

(photo by Diane Firtell © 2015)

The People’s Tap Dance Theater


The People’s Tap Dance Theater, directed by Stefanie Weber, in the Community Access to the Arts annual gala event Wallflowers. May 14 +15, 2016 at Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox, MA. Photo by Christina Rahr Lane.


Go on over to They Dance For Rain‘s official blog: HoofPrints. We just got it online last night!

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Tied to Each Other

My shoes are tied to you.

When I put the Tap shoes back in the baskets, I often tie the laces of each shoe to each other so they won’t get mismatched. Poetically, I am reminded of how two sea otters “hold hands” while sleeping so they won’t float apart during the night. Today, while gathering shoes from a class to put back in the basket, I noticed that I didn’t tie my shoes together. I thought about this after and decided that my shoes are already tied to every shoe in the basket. And just as they are also tied to the drum, the floor, my heart, and my mentors… in this continued poetic way… now my shoes are tied to you.

Recently, I have revisited a quote that once inspired me as an Environmental Science student in the 90’s said by Lilla Watson, an indigenous Australian/Murri visual artist and activist. “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” 

These words have taken on a new meaning for me because of the work that we do with THEY DANCE FOR RAIN. It is not “them dancing” and “us helping”. It is all of us woven together.  We are bound to each other through this often invisible thread of humanity. When we step outside of our comfortable places we must face our ignorances, insecurities, assumptions, privileges, and differences and find the courage to admit, accept and then embrace in order to create peace and real change. THEY DANCE FOR RAIN encourages this process… here in the U.S. and in Nairobi.

We look forward to returning to Nairobi for the month of January to continue strengthening the awareness of this thread through the process of making dance, photography, art and -most importantly maybe- meaningful relationships. Thank you for being a part in this process.

As we prepare the baskets for more Tap shoes, we have some loose ends to tie-up. $2000 must find it’s way to us in the next 45 days so we can complete our fundraising, focus on our objectives and be ready for our 5th residency in January.

If you have not given and want to, here is the link to make your tax-deductible donation online: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=9160

To mail a check written to FRACTURED ATLAS for THEY DANCE FOR RAINsend to: Stefanie Weber PO BOX 3094 Pittsfield, MA 01202 (I will email you a tax receipt after the donation is processed.)

If you have given already: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We’ll be in touch again before we venture off. Until then, I hope this little note reminds you of the indestructible and eternal threads between us all.

Be well

They Dance For Rain is a Fractured Atlas fiscally-sponsored project founded/directed by Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine arts photographer Monika Pizzichemi and project assistant Josephine McDonald. 

Listen to my interviewabout Tap Dancing,They Dance For Rainand our fundraiserSOFT SHOE BOOMwith Jason Velázquez of The Greylock Glass. Become a patron of Jason’s information-packed Berkshires-only podcast here.(photo by Monika Pizzichemi)
Thank you to all the amazing artists, cooks, performers, volunteers and patrons of SOFT SHOE BOOM! It was certainly a night to remember!  Special thanks to Ghazi Kazmi & The Whitney Center for The Arts, Dana Bixby Architecture andDiane Firtell Designs.  (photo by Michael McKay)
Here is a list of some things we are in need of in case you see Santa: 
  • used laptop or macbook
  • used/unlocked iPhones
  • cameras
  • AA batteries
  • ped socks/shoe liners
  • Tap shoes
  • Tap dvds+books
Visit our Vimeo Album to see some of the edited videos from our work between 2012-2015.

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December 5th Jazz Dance


Dance artist Stefanie Weber will deliver a soulful menu of -what are now- classic Jazz dance techniques: isolations, hinges, footwork, and moving phrases. Experience a seamless blend of detailed choreography and freestyle movement that feels both invigorating and at times effortless. While combining fluidity and grace with bold accents and style, this class is for those that have something to express from deep within their bones.

Musical accompaniments will range from Billie Holiday to PJ Harvey, John Lee Hooker to The White Stripes, Duke Ellington to Michael Jackson. Wear Jazz shoes, sneakers, or go barefoot. It’s up to you, just be prepared to strut, spin and slink.

Stefanie Weber has been studying movement, making dances and performing since childhood. Her passion for dancing has taken her throughout the US, to Canada, Cuba, Spain, and Kenya and always back to her native Pittsfield. She brings a wealth of dance experience in many forms including: Traditional and Modern Jazz, Rhythm Tap, Ballet, Modern, Afro-Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern and Somatic forms such as Butoh, Continuum and Gyrotonic.

Class cost is the usual $10 for this one-time special event.