Best Dance Company

TIE: Tapestry, Ballet Austin

When it comes to having all the right moves, both Tapestry Dance Company and Ballet Austin more than fit the bill. The 50-year-young ballet – now in its brand-new Downtown home, the Butler Dance Education Center and Community School – can satisfy traditionalists with classical work like Don Quixote and The Nutcracker (44 Christmases and counting!) but mixes in some mighty modern dance, such as this season's premiere of Cult of Color: Call to Color, blending choreography by Artistic Director Stephen Mills, music by Graham Reynolds, and artwork by Trenton Doyle Hancock. Multiform Tapestry – also in a new home this year – crafts a custom blend of original ballet, modern, and jazz spiced by new music from around the world in programs like November's Footprints, but co-founder and Artistic Director Acia Gray never neglects history, as is clear from its National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored, award-winning show The Souls of Our Feet, re-creating legendary routines of oh-so-sweet rhythm tap. Both companies also offer exceptional education programs, getting children and adults alike on their feet and joyfully in step.

Tapestry Dance Company
2302 Western Trails, 512/474-9846
www.tapestry.org

Ballet Austin
501 W. Third, 512/476-9151
www.balletaustin.org

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