Sole Purpose Tap Project is a collaboration between Philadelphia hoofers Theresa DeSimone and Becky Mastin. Fueled out of their love of a good phrase and grounded in deep roots of history, SPTP aims to inspire bold innovation while preserving tradition and telling stories through rhythm and movement.
Theresa DeSimone is a tap dancer and choreographer residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Raised in Maryland, she studied with Elower-Sicilia Productions and had the privilege of dancing with Toni Lombre and DC Artistry Tap & Drum Ensemble during her undergraduate studies in Washington, DC. Theresa is a former first company member and choreographer with The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble. She has performed at various Philadelphia theaters, and her choreography has been showcased at venues such as the Kimmel Center, the Trocadero Theatre, the Painted Bride Art Center and the Forrest Theatre. Theresa’s critically acclaimed choreography for "Soles in the Raw" was selected in 2014 for the Koresh hosted Come Together Festival at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as well as The Outlet Dance Project's Festival of Female Choreographers at Grounds for Sculpture. Lewis Whittington of Dance Journal describes the rendering as taking "tap in unexpected directions." Devoted to her continued growth as a dancer and musician, she can be found in workshops and jazz clubs across the country.
Becky Mastin is a multiform dancer with additional training in jazz, ballet, and modern. Becky studied under Sarah Mason at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, and then moved to Philadelphia, where she now resides. Becky was a choreographer, rehearsal assistant, and first company member with The Lady Hoofers for five years. She was a choreographer of The Lady Hoofers' Dollar, A Rhythmic Tap Short Film, which explored the role of women in the workforce in the 1940s. Becky has appeared in Too Darn Hot, a Philadelphia Fringe production, Cross-Rhythms - An Evening of Tap Dance, and has been featured with The Lady Hoofers in the Pig Iron Benefit and Shut Up & Dance 2015. She continues to choreograph for The Lady Hoofers and has had her choreography performed in several venues throughout Philadelphia including the Suzanne Roberts Theater, The Kimmel Center, and Performance Garage. She has been teaching in the Philadelphia area for over five years and teaches the beginning/intermediate tap class at Koresh Dance Studio in the Rittenhouse neighborhood.