Austin History Center

Tapestry Dance Company Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tapestry Dance Company
Title: Tapestry Dance Company Records
Inclusive Dates: 1990-2009
Abstract: Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 by Acia Gray and Deidre Strand in Austin, Texas. The professional dance company’s work resulted in productions over the years of a collaboration of modern, jazz, rhythm tap, contemporary ballet and other dance forms. They are known for their Tap Jam festivals started in 1991, and incorporated in 2001, into a broader dance festival called Soul to Sole.
Identification: AR.2005.007
Quantity: 2.3 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 by rhythm tap dancer Acia Gray and ballet/jazz artist Deidre Strand in Austin, Texas. Begun as a performing company that included the founders and French tap artist Fred Moritel, Tapestry’s vision was to present different dance forms in unison with each other. The group’s work resulted in the choreographic development and presentation of a collaboration of modern, jazz, rhythm tap, contemporary ballet, and other dance forms.

In 1990 the Company expanded by opening a training facility and rehearsal studio. Adhering to its mission, dancers are “cross-trained” by professionals in ballet, rhythm tap, modern, and jazz. This unique Strand/Gray syllabus has produced a generation of students now performing as professional dancers in the United States and abroad. The Academy, the organization’s training arm, offers classes to dancers of all ages and levels of experience. Visions in Rhythm is a youth apprentice group within which serious young dancers can work towards professional career. The Founders’ Scholarship gives cash awards to students unable to afford dance lessons. Another outreach program, Rhythm, Dance, Music and You, enlightens students about dance in local schools through performance and discussion.

The professional dance company has expanded to eight resident artists who perform two annual productions as the Paramount Theater in Austin. Past performances include Austintatious, .com, and My Funny Valentine. The dancers are invited to perform in local, national, and international venues. In addition, the Company has hosted numerous dance and music artists including Gregory Hines, Sarah Petronio, The Samba Police, and Dee McCandless.

Since 1991 the Company has sponsored Tap Jam, a multi-day festival dedicated to rhythm tap. Events include classes with professional dancers, panel discussions, performances at local malls, a “tap jam” in which all may participate, and a formal faculty performance presented at the Paramount and One World Theaters. Tap Jam was incorporated into a broader festival called Soul to Sole, in 2001. The Company in 2001 and 2002 used Soul to Sole as a platform for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by enabling child registration, distributing literature, and promoting fund-raising activities at their events.

The Tapestry Dance Company is a 501(C)(3) registered non-profit organization and is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as by grant organizations such as the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Company’s administrative staff is responsible for the daily operation of the organization. The production support staff ensures the success of the Company’s performances. The volunteers perform various tasks, such as taking photographs of events and managing archives.

The Company has been situated in various locations around Austin, including 2521 Rutland Drive, and is presently at 2302 Western Trails Blvd, Austin, TX 78745.

Adapted from creator sketch by Susan Trombley

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials on Tapestry Dance Company productions from 1990 to 2009. There are 2 boxes (.8 linear feet) of flyers, posters, press releases, notes, correspondence, schedules, brochures, newspaper clippings, budget materials, registration forms, playbills, and photographs.

Also included are DVDs of the Tapestry Dance Company performances from 1990 to 1996. There are performances such as First Annual Austin Dancefest, Ellington at Eight, Tapestry at the Paramount, Tap Jam, Tapestry at the Zilker Hillside Theatre, and Dancing in Tongues are represented. There is an index to the DVDs available in text format.

The oversize materials consists of posters advertising upcoming performances and the September 2000 Dancer magazine that features Tapestry Dance Company on the cover. There are also 3 T-shirts promoting the various Annual Tap Jams.


The collection is organized by material type and then chronologically by date of Tapestry Dance Company productions.
The collection is arranged into 5 series:
I. Textual Materials
II. Photographs
III. Video Recordings
IV. Oversized Materials
V. T-Shirts


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Bufalino, Brenda.
Gray, Acia.
Nicholas, Fayard.
Petronio, Sarah.
Robbins, Judy.
Strand, Deirdre.
Walker, Dianne.
Tapestry Dance Company.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Texas Commission on the Arts.
Paramount Theatre.
Dance Umbrella.
One World Theatre.
Tap dancing.
Dance companies.
National Tap Dance Day.
Tap Jam.
Soul to Sole.
Austin (Tex.).
Corpus Christi (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Sue Trombley in the Spring of 2003 produced a notebook and did some arrangement on the Tapestry Dance Company Records as a class project at the University of Texas, Information Studies. The material was then donated by Tapestry Dance Company to Austin History Center.

Preferred Citation

Tapestry Dance Company Records (AR.2005.007). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2005/022

Donation Date: 2005, 2007, 2009

Processing Information

The donor originally had an addendum to the Austin History Center Deed of Gift form that stated the Tapestry Dance Company will provide two copies of artistic production materials to the Austin History Center and a "use" collection would be created and a second "preservation" collection" would also be maintained. In 2009, in agreement with the Tapestry Dance Company, this practice was halted and a single collection for use by patrons will be maintained.

Original Processing and Finding Aid By Ruth Baker/2006. Re-processing to create a single collection and additions processed by Molly Hults/2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Textual Materials, 1993-2009

Box Folder
1 1-7 Tap Jam/Soul to Sole, 1990-2009
19 The Souls of Our Feet, 2007-2009
19-27 General performances, 1991-1999
Box Folder
2 1-9 General performances, 200-2009

II. Photographs, 1992-1997

Box Folder
2 10 Tap Jam 1992 and studio, 1992, undated
11 Tap Jam, 1996
13 Negatives, 1996

III. Video Recordings, 1990-2007

Series Abstract Paper indexes to the DVDs held at the Austin History Center as well as DVDs held by Tapestry Dance Company are available in box 2, folder 14.
Box Folder
2 14 DVD indexes, 2007
Box Folder
3 Performance DVDs, 1991-1993
Box Folder
4 Performance DVDs, 1993-1996

IV. Oversized Materials, 1996-2002

Location BoxItem
qAR 039/001-005 Posters, circa 1996-2002
039/006 Oversized periodicals, 2000

V. T-Shirts, 1997-2001

Location BoxItem
Artifacts 099/001-003 Tap Jam T-shirts, circa 1997-2001