Home is Where the Rhythm Is: Building the Foundation at Tapestry Dance Academy

Tapestry Dance Academy is a non-competition multiform dance academy located in south Austin and trains students of all ages in tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, flamenco, and more! We believe in sharing the power of dance and nurture the dancing spirit of all our students.  Willa Brown, former Academy student, is currently pursuing dance at NYU writes about her experiences with Tapestry Dance Academy.

My name is Willa Brown, and I am a former Tapestry scholarship student now studying dance at New York University. I couldn’t be where I am today, exploring my art in the most amazing city in the world, without the dance education and family I had at Tapestry. I was in Tapestry’s ballet and modern tracks as well as the Visions In Rhythm (V.I.R.) youth ensemble. Tapestry was my second home.


I came to Tapestry with a background in ballet training and continued to focus on this technique. I thought it was amazing that I could focus on what I liked to do, while other friends could immerse themselves in different forms like Tap or Jazz, if that was what they were interested in. All of our teachers encouraged us to study what we were passionate about in a safe environment. Professionally close teacher-student relationships let me, and my fellow students, communicate what we wanted in our training from extra classes to working on certain goals in class. This helped me mature my dancing and build confidence in myself. Through V.I.R I made the closest bonds with other students who are still my best friends till this day. I couldn’t have participated in this world if it wasn’t offered a work-study scholarship from Tapestry, and I continue to receive scholarships to dance from NYU so that I can pursue my love of movement as a profession.

Tapestry Dance Academy is enrolling for the current semester.  Discounted tuition is available for semester enrollment.  Scholarships, work-study and barter opportunities available year round. 

The Academy is also the home of Tapestry Dance Company, the only full-time repertory tap company in the world and a Resident Company at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.  Academy students get the opportunity to study from professional dancers with a training schedule that can lead to a position in the company. For more information visit their website and like us on FacebookTapestry Dance Company‘s next performance, Esprit, will be April 16-26 at The Long Center.  

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