For Chloe and Maud Arnold, tap dancing is more than craft—it’s empowerment.
Moving tribute: Following Prince’s untimely death, Syncopated Ladies’ Maud (above left) and Chloe Arnold choreographed a dance rendition of “When Doves Cry” that immediately went viral.
“It’s not just about being a dancer, but being empowered off the dance floor as a woman,” says Maud Arnold—who, along with her sister, Chloe, founded Syncopated Ladies, an all-women tap dancing group that set the Internet afire earlier this year with their Good Morning America performance of Beyoncé’s “Formation.”
The sisters got their start under dance luminary Debbie Allen at the Kennedy Center in the ’90s. “When you think of famous tap dancers, you never think of women,” Maud says. “We’re trying to change that.” They’re well on their way to doing just that, with their annual event DC Tap Fest, a world tour, boot camp classes, and a series of viral videos (including an epic Prince tribute).
Chloe and Maud also want to turn Syncopated Ladies into a franchise along the lines of Stomp or Blue Man Group in order to provide opportunities for young dancers.
“Our dream is to be at a place where financially and artistically we can give people support and space where they can thrive and live as artists.” Want in on the action? Keep an eye on their website for newly announced boot camps, and in December, they’ll host a workshop called Tap Into the Holidays. Tap on!