Tapestry Dance Company, North America’s only full-time, professional repertory tap dance company, presents its 20th annual festival of rhythm, Soul to Sole International Tap Festival (online), June 9-13. This one-of-a-kind festival brings alumni artists from around the world together for an online reunion. With guidance from leaders in the field, participants have the opportunity to discover what it is to be a tap dance artist.
This year, the festival will feature 25 on-demand films of archive footage that includes artist solos and Tapestry’s NEA American Masterpiece production of The Souls of Our Feet; 20 live panel discussions; 27 mixed level masterclasses; and the festival premiere showing of the new documentary, American Tap.
International festival artists include Dianne Walker, Acia Gray, Sarah Petronio, Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance, Ayodele Casel, Anthony Morigerato, Jason Janas, Arthur Duncan, Linda Sohl Ellison, Brenda Bufalino, Jay Fagan, Nicole Hockenberry, Max Pollak, Keith Terry, Leela Petronio, Lynn Dally, Terry Brock, Heather Cornell, Jane Goldberg, Joshua Hilberman, Katherine Kramer, Mark Yonally, Roxane Butterfly, Skip Cunningham, Sam Weber, Chloe Arnold, Jeannie Hill, Fred Strickler, Monti Ellison, Siobhan Alexis, Tony Waag and Tapestry alumni including Travis Knights, Andrea Torres, Matthew Shields, Jeremy Arnold and Tony Merriwether.
Special tributes will be paid to the souls and past festival artists: Dr. Fayard Nicholas, Dr. Harold Cromer, Dr. Jeni LeGon and Austin musical artists Rich Harney and Tina Marsh.
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. The company hosts a professional performance company of five resident artists, an administrative and production support staff and a pre-professional and adult training facility in Austin, TX, that shares the unique Strand/Gray training syllabus. Tapestry Dance Company shares the power of dance through 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 audiences and touring sponsors. These programs include seasonal dance concert premieres, The annual Soul to Sole Festival, community outreach programs, masterclasses and workshops in modern, jazz, ballet and rhythm tap, as well as touring residencies throughout the country.
For more information on Tapestry’s Soul to Sole Festival, visit www.tapestry.org/soul2sole.