Friday, September 23, 2011

Acia Gray and the Tapestry Dance Company Presents: The Souls Of Our Feet

Info taken directly from their site:  Take a look there for future performances and class schedules!!

The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance
China Tour Premiere Performance
September 24th / 8pm
Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center
5800 McNeil Dr.
Austin, TX 78729

Tapestry's China Tour Premiere of
Tapestry's National Endowment for the Arts Masterpiece!
This fast paced collection of footwork restages and pays tribute to the best of rhythm tap masterpieces from Fred Astaire & Eleanor Powell to The Nicholas Brothers as well as contemporary works of living masters.  Led by the live jazz music of the Souls of Our Feet Trio and vocalist Datri Bean international solo artist Acia Gray brings this one-of-a-kind concert with swingin’ jazz and 20 flying feet keeping time to the pulse of this wonderful and indigenous American artform; a celebration of rhythm at its best

The Company

     Tapestry Dance Company is a professional, non-profit dance organization founded in 1989 by rhythm tap dancer Acia Gray and ballet/jazz artist Deirdre Strand for the purpose of developing a foundation in multi-form dance performance and education.  Initially a performing company of three, the organization has expanded to a professional company of seven resident artists, a diversified administrative and production support staff and a pre-professional and adult training facility in Austin, TX sharing the unique Strand/Gray training syllabus.

   Dance Company shares the power of dance through numerous events and programs sponsored by individual contributors, corporations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Austin and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as its wonderful audiences and touring sponsors. These programs include seasonal multi-form concert premieres, 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 country. The company is also proud to have hosted numerous Austin based as well as international dance and music artists such as Fayard Nicholas, Arthur Duncan, Brenda Bufalino, Gregory Hines, Sarah Petronio, Bill Evans, Suzanna Sharpe and the Samba Police, Dee McCandless, Dianne Walker, James Clouser, Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra and many, many others.  As member of The Texas Commission on the Arts, The Mid-American Arts Alliance and Heartland touring programs over the past 19 years, the multi-form choreographic works and training of Tapestry Dance Company have been lovingly woven throughout the U.S. and abroad to include Cyprus, Britain, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland and Canada.

        The company has been honored by numerous “Best Of” awards by The Austin Chronicle as well as Best Dance Company, Best Dance Production and Best Ensemble by the Austin Critics Table Awards. Tapestry’s Artistic Director Acia Gray is also a premiere member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.  The company is currently touring the award winning National Endowment for the Arts: Masterpiece Dance production of Acia Gray’s The Souls of Our Feet – A Celebration of American Tap Dance.

Make Sure to go to their site and acquire more info about the upcoming Documentary film by Matt Ryan!! 

So’Dança has been an active supporter of both the International Tap Association and Tapestry Dance Company for several years. We are delighted that the art of Tap dancing will be brought to the Chinese people by such a valuable organization as Tapestry Dance Company. We wish them every success.
 So’Dança is the official provider of Character and professional Tap shoes (TA 715 and 815) for the company since 2008. We are thrilled to have our product represented by such talented dancers in the United States and abroad.
                        --- Anne Polajenko

     Hope you all get a chance to catch the performance, they always put up a splendid performance!

  Love from your humble blogger,

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