This year's three-way tie just goes to show how blessed Austin is with outstanding dancers. All three are thoughtful, adventurous artists whose movements mesmerize. Ariel is the sprite, a modern dancer of exuberant physicality whose exhilarating leaps and spins create an opening into a spiritual dimension. Gray is the hoofer, a master of old-school tap whose marvelously rhythmic feet communicate an irresistible joy. Hay is the Buddha, the modern dance pioneer whose smiling serenity translates into playful and graceful explorations of the body in space.
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