The North Door
"...If you ever chanced to visit Tapestry Dance Company's studio at 507 Pressler, just north of Fifth and west of Lamar, you'd feel very much like you were visiting someone's home. While the studio obviously is meant for dance with its specially installed floors, mirrors, and barres pictures adorn the walls that chronicle the company's history, and in the unisex bathroom, where a sign warns that the toilet has been known to plug, other kinds of pictures are hung, ones drawn on multicolored construction paper by children thanking Tapestry for workshops and performances..."
"...In 2006, Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray set her company the daunting challenge of re-creating live onstage a number of classic rhythm tap routines immortalized on film. We're talking routines by top-of-the-line masters: Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, the Nicholas Brothers, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, et al..."
"...In her 30-plus years of dancing professionally, you can probably count the times that something's kept her out of her tap shoes on one set of toes. So when Tapestry Dance Company announced this week that Gray has taken temporary leave of her duties as producing artistic director, the cause was bound to be serious..."
"...It's about using those taps as instruments, the way a percussionist uses mallets or sticks to sound out complicated cadences, invigorating pulses, heart-quickening beats – in short, to make music. In recent shows, nationally acclaimed Tapestry Dance Company has been making rhythm even more explicit in its tap work, encouraging its dancers to play off jazz, improvising steps and sounds like soloists in a combo...."
"...When I mention that I'm going to see a tap dance show, people do one of three things: tell me that they took tap as a kid, give me a blank "Oh," or flex their wrists at their sides and do a Shirley Temple impersonation. But Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray isn't about presentational, Broadway-style tap; she's an international name in rhythm tap, which is less about the dimples and more about the percussion..."
"...Quite a lot, as it happens. Tapestry Dance Company's current – and most timely – production speaks to the fraught condition of our country and we the people in it, and it does so in ways both forthright and forceful, addressing head-on issues polarizing Americans: undocumented workers, climate change, racial identity, LGBT rights..."
"...Another year, another downtown fire, another arts company out of a home...."
"...27. That will officially be "Tapestry Dance Company Day," the 5:30pm entertainment, along with a brace of proclamations, from a Clean Air Force contest award to Domestic Violence Awareness Month..."
"...On a Monday afternoon, tap legend Acia Gray watches two Tapestry Dance Company members run a routine. As they swing through the song's irresistible chorus -- "Strangers in the night/Two lonely people, we were strangers in the night" -- the company's other dancers clap and cheer..."
"...4) ONE STEP AT A TIME: A JOURNEY TOWARD PRESENT GRACE (Tapestry Dance Company) A necessary work in this election year, spotlighting the troupe's dancers – their diversity, histories, and hopes – in ways that gave their artful steps personal and political context, especially when embellished by Zell Miller III's urgent, trenchant spoken word...."
"...Tapestry Dance Company Academy offers classes for its Children's Academy and adults, with courses in Rhythm Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Irish Step Dance, all levels. Tapestry Studio, 2521 Rutland, Ste..."
"...The pageantry was striking, but the deepest impressions in this staging of Verdi's tragedy came from the personal moments with Karen Slack's despairing Aida, Issachah Savage's conflicted Radamès, and Tuija Knihtilä's haughty Amneris. 8) True Story (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company)..."
"...• Speaking of free dance classes, Tapestry Dance Company has started offering free introductory dance classes for adults and teens every Saturday at 11am. The first Saturday of each month is introduction to rhythm tap, taught by Tapestry co-founder and Artistic Director Acia Gray..."
"...This season, Tapestry Dance Company jumps forward into the past with new versions of a pair of its earlier concert works. The first one, JASS, was originally staged just after September 11, and in the four years since, the company has seen almost a complete turnover in the corps of dancers..."
"...1) 'A NEW YEAR'S CONSPIRARE CLASSIC' (CONSPIRARE) Craig Hella Johnson and his magnificent company welcomed the new year by encompassing all time with choral works that opened one to the fullness of creation, including a "Deutsche Motette" by R. Strauss, breathtaking in its expansiveness and beauty...."
"...2) THERE, THE MAGNIFICENT (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company) This dance's celebration of small virtues and little kindnesses added up to a bigness of heart, inspiring with images of companionship and support...."
"...It's the task of nearly 500 members of the national organization Dance/USA – choreographers, company directors, arts administrators, marketing professionals, fundraisers, and others who work to create, fund, present, and advocate for dance – to consider these questions when they convene in Austin for the organization's eighth annual conference. Why Austin? For starters, the organization is bestowing its Champion Award on local philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler, whose Butler Family Fund has been a key supporter of Austin's dance, music, and opera organizations for nearly two decades..."
"...Which is sort of what is going on at the Blue Theater with Hot September Flurries. A collective of eight choreographers headed by Ellen Bartel, artistic director of Spank Dance Company, has commandeered the warehouse space on Springdale for the four weeks aprés August in order to show off the wealth and diversity of choreographic talent in the city..."
"...3) 'HEAVEN/EARTH/ONE' (Blue Lapis Light) Returning to the Long Center's ring, Sally Jacques' company provided even more spectacular visions of the earthly meeting the eternal...."
"...8) Threshold of Night: Music of Tarik O'Regan (Conspirare) Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson has found a kindred spirit in young Brit composer O'Regan, and in the season opener, given over entirely to O'Regan's work, he guided his company of voices to moments of ecstatic joy and serene stillness that proved O'Regan's worth as a composer and let us hold infinity in the curl of our ears...."