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Acia Gray
Local rhythm tap legend to be honored with a major national award
"...a more graceful practitioner or more committed advocate than Acia Gray, and now it's giving her a great big..."

July 2, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Acia Gray: From Austin, an Ambassador of Tap to the World
The artistic director of Tapestry Dance Company has just been named president of the International Tap Association
"...First, Acia Gray was a leading force of rhythm tap in..."

July 18, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Finding a New Rhythm
After a health crisis, Tapestry's Acia Gray slows things down
"...Acia Gray never expected dance to be the death of..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

She Got Rhythm
In the world of rhythm tap, female dancers are a minority, and women who are masters of the form, as Acia Gray is, are merely a fraction of the whole. But with the debut of the Soul to Sole Festival, Gray hopes to give women who tap their due.
"...Acia Gray has been dancing in this community for so..."

May 18, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tapestry Dance Company
Acia Gray takes medical leave, but the shows go on
"...Anyone who knows Acia Gray knows it takes a helluva lot to keep..."

Nov. 23, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In the Middle of It
Where Tapestry's Acia Gray Likes to Be ó and Is
"...isn't exactly the best time to be talking with Acia Gray. As a rule, three weeks out from a..."

Feb. 20, 1998 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

What's Past Is Prologue
Recreating classic tap routines from the screen and stage opens an exciting new future for Tapestry Dance Company
"...heyday of vaudeville for its 2006-2007 season. Artistic Director Acia Gray and her company members wouldn't be just trying..."

March 9, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Souls of Our Feet 2008
Tapestry's new program of classic tap routines continues to reveal the form's vitality and the troupe's growing skill
"...you could have accused Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray of violating this sacred precept with her revised..."

March 14, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

In the Pocket
Tapestry Dance Company's season premiere was a swingin' jazz affair that made the Paramount Theatre feel like a smoky little club between Birdland and heaven
"...Last fall, Acia Gray could scarcely move, the pain and exhaustion from..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

'XXV – Anticipation of Next'
A decade after joining Tapestry, Matthew Shields choreographs the kickoff to its 25th season
"...feels to be the first person besides Tapestry founders Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand to create an entire stage..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Distance Danced
Between its old and new versions of 'Swingin' Then & Now,' Tapestry Dance Company has swung a long way, baby
"...the multiform dance troupe had just turned pro, and Acia Gray was still in her first season of flying..."

April 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Free Dance!
Complimentary classes at Ballet Austin and Tapestry, plus a free monthly tap show
"...rhythm tap, taught by Tapestry co-founder and Artistic Director Acia Gray. Every second Saturday is introduction to ballet, taught..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Best of Tapestry, Too: Persistent Joy
Local Arts Reviews
"...awful lot -- it might well be this one: Acia Gray's Biorhythms, taken from solo series From the Inside..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austintatious
Tapestry Dance Company's new paean to our fair city, Austintatious, made clear this company's innovative spirit and amalgamation of serious talent; we're lucky this sterling organization calls Austin home.
"...(by company members Tasha Lawson and Poet Powell, with Acia Gray) that belied the control and technique required of..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner

Tap That Nut
In Tapestry's Of Mice & Magic, dance is more than the medium; it's the message
"...on The Nutcracker, what Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray considers an Austin-tatious spin on the yuletide perennial...."

Dec. 11, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...In 2006, Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray set her company the daunting challenge of re-creating..."

March 7, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Footprints'
In the multiform company's new production, the dancers move between cultures as well as dance styles
"...It's a Friday afternoon in early November, and Acia Gray, director of Tapestry Dance Company, is clearly disturbed..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Tapestry Dance Company's April Fools
This remount of the tap troupe's valentine to vaudeville brought the old art form back with delights in abundance
"...world, April Fools leaned heavily toward dance. Artistic Director Acia Gray had excavated more than a dozen vintage tap..."

May 11, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...of dancers. The Chronicle checked in with Artistic Director Acia Gray to find out what it's been like revisiting..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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.
"...On a Monday afternoon, tap legend Acia Gray watches two Tapestry Dance Company members run a..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Arts Feature by Sarah Hepola

Articulations
Changes in artistic direction for two local companies.
"...Strand, the choreographer who co-founded Tapestry Dance Company with Acia Gray and has shared the artistic direction of the..."

Feb. 18, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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
"...Shirley Temple impersonation. But Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray isn't about presentational, Broadway-style tap; she's an international..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

Soul / Sole Connections
This Tapestry concert saw each dancer create a deeply personal solo from the past, then riff on it in the present
"...five company members brand-new to the group, artistic director Acia Gray asked each of them to dig deep. The..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

April Fools
Acia Gray mines vaudeville for lost treasures of tap and makes them dazzle again
"...To the list of Acia Gray's many honorifics – world-class tap dancer, award-winning choreographer,..."

April 6, 2012 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
"...learn from a true tap master: company co-founder/Artistic Director Acia Gray, who studied with such legends as Charles "Honi"..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

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
"...tearing down our building to put up condos," says Acia Gray, Tapestry co-founder and its current executive and artistic..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Exhibitionism
Little Shop of Horrors: All The Fine Young Cannibal Plants
"...the master, the boss, the den mother, Acia, showing how it's done, naturally, with grace, the seeming..."

March 13, 1998 Arts Review

Dance/USA Convenes in Austin
The national arts organization brings honors for the Butlers and big questions about the form's future
"...well as artists like Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray, who serves as president of the International Tap..."

June 10, 2016 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Friends in Time
This year's tap festival faculty concert proved tap's relevance and transcendance
"...It was no surprise that Acia Gray lured an impressive faculty of world-renowned, charismatic tap..."

June 8, 2012 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

All Over Creation: Laugh Lines
A week of unexpected comic relief brought lessons in laugh-making
"...Acia Gray, Tapestry's artistic director and as gifted a hoofer..."

April 6, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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