Austin’s Own Tapestry Dance Company Premieres new work with “April Fools”

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Artistic Director Acia Gray presents new work in the midst of Asian expansion.

In the midst of Asian travels and consulting for the People’s Republic of China’s new nationwide tap dance training system, Tapestry Dance Company’s Artistic Director Acia Gray is pulling out all the stops to present new and classic tap dance works of stage and screen with April Fools – a vaudeville style work with special guest Datri Bean and The Butter Bean Band.

Tapestry Dance Company toured their National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece production of "The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance" in China for 5 weeks this past fall, and is now working on developing new works and re-staged classics for a return to China in October 2012.

“We just haven’t slowed down in the last couple of seasons,” Artistic Director Acia Gray says of the busy schedule. “To keep our work relative and fresh in the local as well as international dance community, maintaining our organization and training facility here in Austin as well as ‘spreadin’ rhythm around’ China – it’s been non-stop.” In addition, Ms. Gray has also been asked to help develop a Chinese training system and syllabus of American tap dance for use in China’s dance training system. Meetings have been underway over the last two years and the beginning stages of development began this past fall.

It’s “back to America” with the high energy and eccentric presentation of April Fools that runs the gamut of tongue in cheek relevance to current events to breath taking tap dance choreography.

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 Tapestry Dance Company
Tapestry Dance Company is a professional, non-profit dance organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of developing a foundation in multi-form dance performance and education. The organization has expanded to a major dance organization in Austin. Its expansive south Austin 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 Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance toured The People’s Republic of China for 5 weeks in October, 2011 and is scheduled to return in 2012.

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