‘Tis the season in Austin, and Tapestry Dance Company is gearing up for Of Mice and Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker! Artistic Director Acia Gray lets us in on what we can expect from the Company’s groovy Nutcracker Reboot, in Rollins Studio Theatre December 8 – 18.
Everyone that loves and celebrates Christmas should experience the Tchaikovsky scored dance classic The Nutcracker. In Austin, we are blessed with our own beautiful and professional version with Ballet Austin, here at the Long Center.
What many don’t realize is that Tapestry Dance Company has been presenting a jazz tap version of this classic for eight years! After experiencing the best of the ballet with our own Ballet Austin, our community can see an imaginative, live jazz music parody of the classic with the world’s ONLY full-time, professional repertory tap dance company!
All of the major characters are cherished and developed through the magic of rhythm tap and jazz, including:
- Madam Bon Marche, a crazy aunt taking the place of Drosselmeyer
- The Rat King, head-to-head in a tap dance challenge with the Nutcracker including a cast of rhythmic rats
- Plus, of course, the individual tap dance choreography and improvography of Spanish, Arabian, Russian, Chinese dancers, and a rousing and flirtatious Marzipan through modern dance!
- And naturally, a jazzy tap dance duet with Clara and the Nutcracker topped off with the party guests as Tacky Christmas Sweaters and a stroll through the snow with the classic “Walkaround” by tap dance legend Charles “Honi” Coles.
One of the calling cards of this annual tradition is that the entire story is told in one hour! A perfect length in this busy holiday season as well as for the sleepy eyes of our young audience members.
Remember we’re in Austin—let’s keep it weird! Support your local professional ballet company and your professional tap company. We’re all in this together!
—Acia Gray, Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director
Perfect for the entire family, bring your little mice and don your Christmas sweaters and settle in for an hour of jazzy tap Nutcracker fun!