Tapestry Dance Company presents XXV Anticipation of Next November 1-3
apestry Dance Company's 25th Season opens with XXV - Anticipation of Next, a production created by Resident Choreographer Matthew Shields featuring spoken word artist Ebony Stewart, live music from local jazz musicians and Tapestry's professional dance artists from around the globe. The show runs November 1-3 at Stateside Theatre at the Paramount, 719 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701. This electrifying cast of rhythm tap dancers forms the only professional tap Dance Company in North America.
XXV-Anticipation of Next is an exploration through the mind of a young man on the crest of adulthood. He is a dreamer, enchanted with visions of life, women, travel, family, and the driving anticipation of where next will lead him. Memories, curiosity, competition and fantasy ignite inspiration in the dreamer, creating a fun and vibrant piece that will make you want to clap your hands and tap your feet.
Tickets are available at www.austintheatre.org or by calling (512) 474-1221, and range from $15-35. For more information on Tapestry Dance Company, classes or donations, visit www.tapestry.org.
ABOUT TAPESTRY Dance Company
Long Center Resident Company, Tapestry is a professional, non-profit dance organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of developing a foundation in multi-form dance performance and education and is home to the only repertory tap Dance Company in North America. Its expansive south Austin, TX facility is home to seven resident artists, an annual tap dance festival, educational outreach programs, and a pre-professional and adult training facility sharing the unique training syllabus of founders Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand.
The events and programs of Tapestry Dance Company include seasonal multi-?form concerts at Austin's Long Center, The Annual Soul to Sole Festival, community outreach programs such as Rhythm, Dance, Music & You!, numerous master classes and workshops in modern, jazz, ballet and rhythm tap as well as touring residencies throughout the world.
The most recent production of the company's NEA Masterpiece production of The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance toured The People's Republic of China for 5 weeks in October 2011. Tapestry Dance Company is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
ABOUT Artistic Director ACIA GRAY
As soloist, choreographer and master teacher, Ms. Gray has toured extensively across the U.S. and abroad to include England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Spain, Brazil, Canada and Austria and has shared the stage with such tap greats as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Donald O'Connor to name a few.
In June/2002, Ms. Gray was inducted as a premiere member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and was nominated for a prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts as well as being a choreographer chosen for the 2003 NEA National College Choreography Initiative. Her critically acclaimed book and Amazon.com category bestseller The Souls of Your Feet - A Tap Dance Guide for Rhythm Explorers is available at all major bookstores and has been translated in the Czech Republic and China.
Profiled in Dance Teacher Now magazine, Ms. Gray also served on the NEA funded Steering Committee for the National Tap Plan, was recently recognized as a leader in the field in Lynn Dally's UCLA event Women In Tap. Ms. Gray is currently touring her work The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance through the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and was awarded the Third Coast Rhythm Project's "Legacy Award" and honored as the "2008 Texas Tap Legend" by the Dallas Dance Council and is the 2010 recipient of the "Hoofer Award" by Tap City - The New York City Tap Festival. Ms. Gray currently serves as the President of the International Tap Association.