The closest that I ever came to becoming a professional tap dancers was watching television in the late 1990s. On the “The Jamie Foxx Show” or “Saturday Night Live,” I would occasionally catch a dancer performing something fantastic. I was captivated by their fluid movement, as if their art were just second nature to them.

I never pursued dancing myself. I have no rhythm. But I still love to watch others dance.

When I first found out about an all-female tap dancing ensemble in Philadelphia accidentally on Facebook, naturally I was intrigued. They are called the Lady Hoofers, and I had to find out what was behind that name.

Like anything else in life pursuing, tap takes a lot of time and energy to get it right. I could hear just how determines the Hoofers are to perfect their craft when I visited them one chilly Sunday evening at the Institute of Dance Artistry in Plymouth Meeting.

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Dominique “Peak” Johnson is a North Philadelphia journalists and blogger. He is one of the founding editors and writers of the North Philly Metropolis and blogger for The Huffington Post. Click here to learn more about Peak