Reflections of a Tap Dog

One thing leads to another.  My experience as a Tap Dog was better than I could have ever imagined.  It was one of the first Tap dance shows I saw as a teenager.  It was one of the reasons I pursued a career in Tap Dance confidently.  Years later, to be added to the infamous roster of Tap Dogs, was a dream come true.  The audiences that I was exposed to were wild.  They are tapethetical rock stars, and while on tour we lived like it.  Music, dance, sweat, applause, fans, after parties… you get the picture.  It is also one of the most physically demanding shows I’ve ever been a part of.  The alumni of the show welcomed me to the fold with a single warning, ‘party at your own risk, because tomorrow is another show.’  90 minutes of pure adrenaline filled testosterone.

Auditions have their own challenges.  I don’t remember wanting a gig quite as much as I wanted Tap Dogs, until I attended the audition for Tapestry Dance Company.  I went from one world class choreographer, Dein Perry, to another, Acia Gray.  I thought the boys played hard.  Austin’s own, Acia Gray is a pioneering woman who plays harder than anyone I’ve seen.  She is the cofounder and artistic director of Tapestry Dance Company who has sustained her company for 24 years.  I toured North America with Tap Dogs, and China with Tapestry.  I am lucky to have been a part of both rosters. Our family of Tap Dance is quite diverse, and there is so much more to come.  Tap Dogs October 9th at the Long Center.  Tapestry Dance Company’s ‘April Fools’ November 30th – December 2nd at the Long Center.

–Travis Knights formally of tap dogs and currently of Tapestry Dance Company

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