Performing Groups

Hotcha Hoofers


Performing exclusively with the Rhythm Kings roaring 1920's band, The Hotcha Hoofers re-created a singing and dancing chorus line to match the music of the era. Pam researched classic film clips, and dance performances for inspiration that resulted in an exciting mix of original choreography with a nostalgic wink to the era of the "speakeasy" and its entertaining flappers. From their debut performance at the Variety Arts Club in Los Angeles, The Hotcha Hoofers and Rhythm Kings went on to a 10 year run together which included a Midwest tour, consecutive New Years Eve performances at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, had shows at Ceasar's Palace Las Vegas, performances for the Showtime Awards, Universal Studios and MGM Studios, at UCLA Wadsworth Theater, San Diego Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, The Coconut Grove, Palm Spring Museum and countless clubs and conventions. Most notably for Pam, was when the Hotcha Hoofers shared the same stage with Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers. The Hotcha Hoofers are pictured here with Harold Nicholas.






Honey Taps



Pam's off-shoot group "The Honey Taps" picked up where "The Hotcha Hoofers" left off, dancing to the sounds of big band tunes and jazz standards which showcases Pam's tap choreography and style at it's best. Through the years The Honey Taps brought their high-energy review to the convention circuit entertaining in many major hotels and clubs for several private companies and clients, often with Pam creating new choreography to suit the requests of clients for their special event.


Highlights for The Honey Taps include productions with master tap dancer Eddie Brown, veteran performer Frances Nealy, globetrotting entertainer Arthur Duncan, the Art Deco and Bob Crosby Orchestras, performances on The Queen Mary, at The Wiltern Theater, Pepperdine University Smothers Theater, Dolly Sinatra Lodge in Palm Springs and special performances for the Army Officer's Ball, Soroptomist's International, Sons of Italy, Children's Therapy Network and Leisure World events. Individually, The Honey Taps have been featured on Broadway, film and television with highlights including 42nd Street, My One & Only, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The King and I, and TAP the movie. The Honey Taps are available for special event bookings in both Los Angeles and New York.







A song and tap dance team comprised of grandmother, mother and daughter makes up The Generations. The "grandmother" is Sherry Van, Pam's mother and veteran entertainer, who as a teenager danced for The Paul Whitman Orchestra, had her own radio show in Laredo, Texas during WWII for G.I.'s overseas and worked as a choreographer and director for her studio The Sherry Van School of Dance in Chicago, Illinois. The "mother" is Pam, who serves as creative director and visionary for the ensemble. The "daughter" is Jackie Covas, Pam's daughter, who has been in national tours of Dora The Explorer and The Doodlebops, the international production of Hollywood to Broadway at the Shanghai Center Theater in China, worked in regional productions of 42nd Street and Cirque's Christmas Dreams and sang a duet with Lauren Bacall for the film All I Want for Christmas. The Generations are pictured here on stage in American Rhythms at the James Armstrong Theater.







Beyond studio recitals, Pam's students became a popular addition to the civic and community arts scene, often getting requests to perform at local showcases including the LA County Arts Alive Festival, ACT II productions at the Norris Theater, with the Torrance Civic Chorale, at the Ladies Comedy Club of Los Angeles and local arts festivals in the South bay. Some of Pam's students have also been asked to work with her on a professional level for special performances and events with The Honey Taps. Pictured here are some of Pam's younger students alongside Arthur Duncan in a show at Leisure World amphitheater.



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