The Long Center is known as the go-to venue for experiencing the most varied and eclectic mix of art and dance in Austin, but now Tapestry Dance is taking this idea a step further. This April their performance of Esprit! will bring in an assortment of dance companies both from around Austin and the world into the Rollins Studio for one single, collaborative performance experience. “All of these companies reflect a strong dance history in Austin, and we’re proud to celebrate together in Esprit,” said Acia Gray, co-founder and Artistic Director of Tapestry Dance Company.
Billed as “a celebration of world music and dance,” expect an unforgettable, unparalleled collaboration between each of these individuals and organizations. There’s really no where else you can experience so many varied styles of dance coming together to work as one in a single show. Read below to find out a little bit more about each of the groups involved:
Anu Naimpally, a performer and instructor of Austin Dance India, has been performing worldwide for over 25 years. In 1989 she was awarded the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize by the Canada Council, making her the only Indian classical dancer to receive this high honor. Anuradha is also an active performer and collaborator in Austin today.
Zein Al-Jundi from the Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, was born and raised in Syria, a country where learning Bellydance is a part of the culture. She has been performing and teaching fitness/dance classes in Austin for a total of 17 years.
The Irish Dance Company is the Premier Show Team of Austin’s Irish Dance Center, which offers classes in all the basic techniques of traditional Irish Step Dancing for adults and children 4 yrs. and older.
Love of China School of Dance is well known in the Austin area and has performed at countless cultural events as well as its own recitals, always in front of packed theaters. The group has done shows with Splendid China, a nationally-renowned dance troupe from China, and has sponsored performances by a dance group from Taiwan.
The Lannaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble is dedicated to performing, teaching and celebrating drum and dance of the African Diaspora. Formed in 2000, Lannaya is committed to preserving the vibrant cultural traditions of West Africa through performances that run the gamut from festivals, workshops, public concerts, parties, school assemblies/shows, flashmobs, receptions, and special events.
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico is a traditional Folklórico Company with a highly versatile repertoire containing traditional, authentic dance styles as well as modern interpretation of present-day Mexican folk themes. At the request of Governor Ann Richards, Roy Lozano welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the State Capitol Ceremony and entertained the Queen with a performance by students from his dance school.
The perfect performance for lovers of dance, travel, or anybody in the mood for a great time, Esprit! is one of the biggest artistic collaborations in the city. Tapestry Dance presents the capstone of it’s incredible season in Dell Hall, April 16-26 at the Long Center.