Hoofer Awards


The annual Hoofer Award recognizes prominent tap artists as leaders in the community

for their unique contribution to the form and for inspiring future generations.

2017 - Sam Weber, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, master teacher and choreographer, is regarded as one of the most smoothly-sophisticated rhythm tap dancers of his generation. A protege of Stan Kahn in San Francisco, Weber in 1986 became a longstanding member of Lynn Dally’s Jazz Tap Ensemble, touring internationally as a principal dancer and choreographer, and appeared in that company with such tap legends as Charles "Honi" Coles, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers.

As a dancer with classical chops, Sam has also performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Smuin Ballets/SF. Sam is one of the few tap dancers in the world currently performing Morton Gould's "Tap Dance Concerto" and in 1993 was the first tap dancer to receive a "Bessie" New York Dance and Performance Award, in recognition of outstanding creative achievement. 

In addition to his solo tap dancing career, Sam has performed and taught at tap dance workshops and festivals worldwide. These have included the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as well as tap festivals in Boulder, CO, Portland, OR, St. Louis, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C., Atlanta, Houston, Austin, Boston, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Kiev, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Wuerzburg, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Duesseldorf, Zurich, Helsinki, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Rio De Janeiro, San Antonio, TX, Gainesville, FL and the San Francisco Tap Festival.

Sam has taught in the dance departments of UCLA, Cal State University, L.A., Long Beach City College, Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco State University. In 2000, Sam co-starred in the award-winning German short film "Zwei Im Frack," directed by Christian Stahl. He has appeared as guest artist in residence with Sierra Nevada Ballet, and frequently performs the work of German composer/violinist/tap dancer Andreas Daenel.  The two dancers have performed Daenel's compositions for tap dancers and orchestra "Kontralog" and "SignADiapunktur," which premiered in the U.S. with the San Francisco Bay Area's Peninsula Symphony Orchestra in 2005. 

Sam is the recipient of several awards, including the "Legacy Award," from San Antonio's "Third Coast Rhythm Project," for his work as a teacher and performer. He has received the San Francisco Bay Area Tap Festival's "Giant Steps" award for his lifelong contribution to the development of tap dance in the Bay Area, and received the prestigious "Juba" award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the art of tap dance. 

Written by Constance Valis Hil

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