In its 29th season, Tapestry Dance Company exists as the only full-time, professional repertory tap company in the world sharing the power of rhythm and tap dance through performance and education.
Join us and join the rhythm of life! Tapestry celebrates tap dance as an incredible musical experience and goes further into sharing the experience of life through thought-provoking performances locally and worldwide that can change lives. In addition, through artistic educational programming through classes and outreach for all ages and experience levels, we include the musicality, history of the form and the unique way that rhythm lives in each one of us and impacts our community.
We are excited to once again contract six international artists to present the best of professional tap dance through challenging, innovative and creative full-length productions at The Long Center/Rollins Theatre.
During this past season with help from Amplify donations, we have been able to offer 45 presentations of our educational program "Rhythm, Dance, Music & You! in 20 Austin Independent School District schools to an audience of over 30,000 elementary and middle school students free of charge!
In addition, 15 young students have been able to experience the love of tap dance with the working professionals of Tapestry Dance Company through weekly classes at The Tapestry Academy on full scholarship.
We rely on our working professionals to reach into our community through outreach and academy classes. Amplify donations go far in supporting these world-class artists!
Impact StatementWith tremendous growth over the past 12 months, six professional dancers from across the world were hired this season to work under the guidance and artistic direction of internationally acclaimed Austin artist Acia Gray. Ms. Gray is a premiere member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and has been awarded numerous Austin Critics Table and Austin Chronicle Best Of Awards since 1990 and as recently as 2016! Ms. Gray has worked around the globe as one of the leading artists in the world of tap dance today and is the currently the director of The International Tap Association.
As a resident company at The Long Center, Tapestry presents three mainstage performances at The Rollins Theatre (10 performances each), many of which have toured internationally including "The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance" which was chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts Masterpiece production. The professional company also hosts one of the oldest outreach programs in Austin with 20 "Rhythm, Dance, Music & You!" performances in The Austin Independent School District Title One schools educating over 30,000 youth FREE OF CHARGE.
Our Academy is a full training program for children and adults of all levels from beginning to professional that introduces and develops "the artist within" through the training of this indigenous American art form. In the 2015-16 school year, Tapestry Dance Academy gave $42,000 in subsidized tuition to financially struggling families in Austin. The International Soul to Sole Tap Festival, in its 17th year, is one of the world's oldest tap dance festivals bringing leaders of the tap community to Austin each season. This wonderful festival brings rhythm tap dance students and professionals from across the globe for one week of classes, lectures, workshops, tap jams and two performances at the Long Center.
Needs StatementTo keep the "rhythm of life" alive and thriving in our community, we need your support! Funds raised through Amplify Austin 2018 will go to three critical impact areas:
1. Support for the individual artists who keep this beautiful art-form alive.
2. Tuition subsidies for youth and outreach programming.
3. A portable floor for the company's outreach performances.
Strategically looking forward - we need our own home! A home for tap dance, a home for rhythm, and a home for Austin's own professional tap dance company. Along with numerous friends in the arts, we lost our home but are thankful to be able to sublease at Balance Studios. Finding land or perhaps a hidden piece of property for sale would go so far in securing the future of tap and the arts in Austin.
"I want to thank my teachers Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand for raising me in a studio that was not "copy me and do", but one that had a thought out methodology and syllabus, that was educated, balanced, and strived to leave nothing out. Including history and context. I want to thank them for teaching me to teach, and giving me the opportunity to teach for the many years I was with Tapestry. I am a performer, I am a teacher, I am an artist, and I belong to you. I am humbled if you will let me share, play, and show you a shuffle or two. Thank you GOD, thank you life."
- Nicholas Young (Bessie Award Winner/NYC), Dorrance Dance/NYC
"The Soul to Sole Festival in my opinion, was and still is, one of the most cherished and important Tap Festivals for dancers worldwide, thus assuring the preservation and continuation of a beloved American art form."
- Sarah Petronio / International Tap Artist (Paris, France)
"It is empowering for our students to see artists who look like them succeeding in the arts and in life."
- Samantha Mallard / Rodriguez Elementary