Tap Dance in Texas [1]

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Tap dance is a folk art form that drew from Irish and other percussive forms of dance but originated in the American South in the mid 19th Century. It gained wider audiences in the early 1900s in the Vaudeville and jazz scenes. Many of the members of my "folklife family" don't know this, but my first passion in life is dance. I started tap dancing when I was 3 years old and was continually inspired throughout my life by legends such as Gregory Hines,  Fred Astaire, and Savion Glover as well as Acia Gray, the founder of one of the only professional tap dance companies in North America, Tapestry Dance Company in Austin. This December I will have the honor of dancing alongside the members of Tapestry Dance Company. I joined their non-professional company, Tapestry Too in September and will participate in their rendition of the Nutcracker entitled Of Mice and Music on December 13 and 14 at the beautiful and recently renovated Stateside Theatre in Downtown Austin. Whether you are familiar or not with the story of the Nutcracker, I think you'll enjoy this version re-staged and performed with a live jazz band. More information at: tapestry.org [4]