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The Long Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to broadening the appreciation and enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts.
Tapestry Dance Company presents Of Mice & Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, December 7 – 17 in Rollins Studio Theatre.
Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Tapestry Dance Company with this Austin-tatious rhythm tap and jazz spin on the beloved yuletide story, The Nutcracker.
This Tapestry tradition which premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations last season, Of Mice & Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker unites the company’s professional dancers with the rising stars of its academy company, Visions in Motion, and the children, youth and adults who study with its dance academy to share a love for rhythm and movement that only Tapestry Dance Company can bring to the stage!
Of Mice & Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker is performed to a jazzed-up version of the original Tchaikovsky score and beloved jazz classics. This delightfully entertaining musical score is played live with some of Austin’s best jazz musicians, including Masumi Jones on drums, Eddy Hobizal on piano and Michael Stevens on bass.
Tapestry Artistic Director and National Tap Hall of Famer, Acia Gray, takes the “Drosselmeyer” role from the original story as Ms. Bon Marche, a dance diva who introduces little Clara to a world of dance by giving her a pair of TAP SHOES. The journey begins with the Mouse King and his powerful style of contemporary rhythm tap leads an army of tapping mice in their battle against The Nutcracker.
Of course, the traditional second act solos, including Spanish, Chinese and Russian, are brought into the world of contemporary movement and tap dance along with tap classics such as the infamous “Walk Around” by Tony Award-winning choreographer Charles “Honi” Coles, reworked into a new take on “Snow.”
“If you’re looking for something Christmas-y with a touch of modern this season, look no further than Tapestry’s production Of Mice & Music!” —The Austin American Statesman
Best of all, it’s only an hour long—that leaves you time to go shopping for those tap shoes!
ABOUT TAPESTRY DANCE COMPANY
Tapestry is a professional, non-profit dance organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of developing a foundation in multi-form dance performance and education and is home to the only full-time, repertory tap dance company in North America. TDC is home to seven resident artists from
around the globe, one of the oldest annual international tap dance festivals in the world, educational outreach programs as well as a pre-professional and adult training facility sharing the unique training syllabus of founders Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand.
The events and programs of Tapestry Dance Company include seasonal concerts at Austin’s Long Center, The Annual Soul to Sole Festival, community outreach programs such as Rhythm, Dance, Music & You!, numerous master classes and workshops as well as touring residencies throughout the world managed by Holden Arts & Associates.
Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.