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Tapestry Dance Company:Getting those tap shoes re-'Soul'ed
The troupe's thrilling Souls of Our Feet program is back, with more reconstructions of classic rhythm tap routines
Arts Story  March 7, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Tapestry Dance Company: Movin' out
Tapestry Dance Company has to leave its home of 10 years, but it's headed for bigger and better digs in South Austin
Arts Story  January 12, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

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Acia Gray takes medical leave, but the shows go on
Arts Story  November 23, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

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Poet Zell Miller III joins the dancers of Tapestry to make music together
Arts Story  October 29, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Tapestry Dance Company's In Your Shoes
The rhythm tap troupe explores homelessness with a common sense of the form's capacity for complexity, subtlety, and risk
Arts Review  October 8, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Tapestry Dance’s One Step at a Time
The rhythm tap company’s production offers not just wonderful dance but perhaps the most necessary commentary of this electoral season
Arts Review  November 3, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Spank Dance Company
The fire at 304 E. Fifth has forced choreographer Ellen Bartel of Spank Dance Company to close Center Studio, the dance space she's been managing there for a decade
Arts Story  January 20, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Another year, another downtown fire, another arts company out of a home...."

Council: A Tapestry Dance for Fall
Cabs, parking, and marriage equality are all on the docket next week
News Story  September 21, 2012, by Michael King
"...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..."

A Shared Love of Dance
My Funny Valentine is Tapestry Dance Company's second show following the addition of five new dancers, and their stories are as varied as the dance styles the multiform company employs.
Arts Story  February 14, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 Classical Music / Dance Treasures of 2016
The richest work in dance and classical music this year ran the gamut from a dance in a backyard pool to an opera about Cold War brainwashing
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Ongoing Dance Events
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...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..."

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015
Leaving deep impressions from 2015's dance and classical music works were the unexpected elements, like screen doors, trees, and car horns
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...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)..."

Free Dance!
Complimentary classes at Ballet Austin and Tapestry, plus a free monthly tap show
Arts Story  September 10, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...• 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..."

Tapestry's 'JASS'
In remounting Tapestry Dance Company's 'JASS,' Artistic Director Acia Gray is seeing how dancers, like jazz musicians, take their time as they get older
Arts Story  January 20, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Treasures of 2010
Music and movement in 2010 made the mundane sacred and the serious silly
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014
It was a year in which the personal shone through in dance and classical works small and large
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Dance/USA Convenes in Austin
The national arts organization brings honors for the Butlers and big questions about the form's future
Arts Story  June 9, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Dance Fever
With Hot September Flurries, a corps of Austin choreographers burn up the Blue all month long
Arts Story  September 16, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Top 10 (+1) Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2012
In 2012, dance memorably explored profound topics, and classical embraced Charlie Brown and George Washington
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2007
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2007 in dance and classical music
Arts Story  January 4, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

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