The Academy Faculty

Adriana Ardila
 

Born in Bogota Colombia, Adriana was raised in Miami FL and first introduced to the world of movement at the age of 3 through classical ballet and soon after discovered jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and later, pointe. Adriana received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Florida State University where she had the opportunity to work with amazing artists such as Alex Ketley, Gerri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, Jawole Zolla, Rick McCullough, and Ilana Goldman, exploring pieces by Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, amongst many others. While simultaneously getting her degree in dance, Adriana was an active company member of The Tallahassee Ballet, performing classical and contemporary pieces including The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. It is important to note, Adriana grew up dancing casino salsa and bachata, falling in love with social dancing which later played a crucial role in her life. After graduating FSU, Adriana joined the American Repertory Ballet (Princeton, NJ) as a company trainee, training for over 8 hours a day with professionals such as Douglas Martin, Mary Barton, and Kathleen Moore, while touring state-wide with the company, learning pieces, including Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker. Soon after graduating, Adriana moved to New York City, where she began her career as a professional ballroom dancer through the dance company, Dance With Me, actively teaching, choreographing and dancing styles including Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz), Rhythm (Chacha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo), International Latin (Chacha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble), as well as social styles (salsa, bachata, merengue, kizomba). Adriana also premiered in the CBS television show “Kevin Can Wait” starring Kevin James and Leah Remini on Season 2 episode 4 “One is the Loneliest Number” as Stephanie, Vanessa’s sister, where she acted and danced. Adriana continues to find ways to share her love and passion for arts through performing, dancing, acting, and teaching.

Siobhan Alexis
 

Siobhan joined Tapestry Dance Company, under the direction of Acia Gray, as an apprentice at 19 years old. Since 2007, she has continued to work her way through the ranks of the company and has performed over 23 original evening-length shows in the Rollins Theater at The Long Center. She also was fortuitous to earn a role in the cast of the NEA American Masterpieces production of The Souls Of Our Feet- A Celebration of American Tap Dance. She toured with this production for four years to Canada, throughout the United States, then finally to the east coast of China in 2011. In 2012 she joined the cast of A Chronological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers at The Vancouver International Tap Festival, under the direction of Matthew Shields, and was elated to join the faculty of Montreal Tap Festival as a demonstrator for Arthur Duncan. Additionally, she acted as Dance Captain for Rhythm Lives, under the direction of Matt Shields. The following year she returned to Montreal as a faculty member and soloist as well as The Toronto Rhythm Initiative under the direction of Allison Toffan (2014), Soul to Sole International Tap Festival under the direction of Acia Gray (2014-2019). She has performed in Tapestry and as a soloist, judged, and taught at DansEncore International Dance Festival, in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, under the direction of Claire Mayer (2011-2019). In 2015, Siobhan received an Austin Critics’ Table Award as "Best Dancer In Austin."   Siobhan also appeared in Thelonious in NYC, a tribute show to Thelonious Monk, under the direction of Parisian tap legend, Sarah Petronio. Siobhan is currently the Artistic Director of Visions in Motion, Tapestry’s nonprofessional Adult Dance Company. She completed her 11th season as a Principal Dancer and her fifth season as the Dance Captain of Tapestry Dance Company. Siobhan is currently returning to school to become a Dance Trauma Therapist and is pursuing a career in public speaking to inspire individuals to revitalize their lives after facing adversity. 

Kelly's wellness journey began in college when she started working at Texas State University's Rec Center as a group fitness instructor. While teaching step, cycling, toning, and other classes she fell in love with wellness and fitness. After moving to Austin, Kelly completed her 200 hr vinyasa training at Yoga Yoga and now has over 200 hours of teaching experience. Kelly loves to be outdoors. She also loves to dance, sing, and live her best life every single day while encouraging others to do the same in their own way. You can often find her riding her bike, hula-hooping, or dancing around Austin.  When you come to Kelly's class, you can expect to have fun and to sweat! Kelly loves to teach a challenging class that is accessible to all levels by giving alignment-based instruction and offering many modifications and advancements. Her positivity and excitement are contagious, and her smooth and calming voice will help guide you through your toughest postures to your most relaxed state. Kelly seamlessly intertwines western anatomy, yogic philosophy, pranayama, and meditation to create a holistically nourishing experience.

Kelly Bach
 
Jesse Berry
 

In his third season with Tapestry, Jesse began his dance training at Moschetta’s Performing Arts Center under the instruction of Barbara Mochetta and Jaqueline Moschetta-Warren in Fredericktown, PA.  He studied tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. Over his many years of training, tap dance remained his true passion.  He has continued to foster his love of tap by not only performing but also teaching and loves sharing his passion for tap dance with younger students.  He currently is on staff at Tapestry’s Youth Academy, Evolution Dance Center, Dance by Carly and also teaches at St Elmo’s elementary school via Tapestry Dance Company’s outreach program.  Jesse has performed in original TDC works including, One Step at a Time, Of Mice and Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, Listen, Just Tap and the tour of Passing it Forward, the American Dream? and recently returned from a five week tour as a solo tap improv artist in China. Jesse is grateful for the opportunity to work side by side with the talented members of TDC under the direction of Acia Gray. When Jesse is not on stage or in the studio teaching, you will find him downtown performing on the streets with local Austin artists and musicians.

Bonnie Cox
 

Bonnie Cox is a Chicana dance artist who was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She uses dance to explore identity and other social phenomena in performance. Recently relocated to Austin, Bonnie works as an independent artist developing new community-engaged and social justice based projects across Texas. She co-directs Geografía, a dance festival based in Austin that centralizes the work of Latinx dance artists, with Erica Saucedo. During a nine-month artist residency in Tijuana, Mexico with Lux Boreal Compañia de Danza, Bonnie produced ¿En donde empieza el norte?, a bi-nationally generated dance piece that was performed on the U.S./Mexico border in May 2019. Bonnie received her MFA in dance from The University of Colorado Boulder in 2018, where she directed CU Contemporary Dance Works and taught contemporary dance, dance history, and dance in popular culture and media. From 2011-2014 Bonnie was the founder and artistic director of Dance to Empower, a social justice based contemporary dance company in Austin, which is most remembered for the production Silence to Power: Dance as a Response to Trauma. Bonnie was a teaching assistant and member of Merge Dance Company at Texas State University where she received her BFA in 2011. Bonnie has been teaching courses in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop dance at various studios and academic institutions in Mexico, Colorado, and Texas for the last ten years. She has worked with acclaimed choreographers from Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Germany, and has performed in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, and Denver. Her written work has been published in “Chiricú Journal of Latina/o Literatures, Arts and Cultures.”

Acia Gray
 

As soloist, choreographer and master teacher, Ms. Gray has toured extensively across the U.S. and abroad and in 1989 co-founded Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX with Deirdre Strand and currently serves as Executive/Artistic Director & Artistic Director of The Soul to Sole Tap Festival. A gradualte of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/NYC, Ms. Gray has shared the stage with numerous legends and contemporaries of American tap dance throughout the US and abroad. She was chosen to work with tap legend Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in America’s first creative residency for tap at The Colorado Dance Festival and again with Jimmy Slyde and was featured in the documentary A Class Act: The Magic of Honi Coles. She was a founding member and Managing Director of the touring company Austin on Tap, served on the Steering Committee of The International Tap Association and was a featured soloist representing the US in the Dance Magazine Calendar. She has also danced, choreographed and taught for Columbia College, The Univerisity of Texas, The Colorado Dance Festival, International Summer School/Cyprus, Dance Masters of America, TASIS/London, Tanzsommer/Austria, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, The NYC Tap Festival, Le Festival De Danse Encore and many others. Her book The Souls of Your Feet – A Tap Dance Guide for Rhythm Explorers has been translated in the Czech Republic and China and has been an Amazon.com bestseller in its category. Her numerous awards include the “Hoofer Award” by The New York City Tap Festival and a premiere member of the Austin Arts Fall of Fame. She has received numerous "Best Of" awards by the Critics Table in Austn and her work The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance was chosen as an NEA American Masterpiece production and toured throughout the US, Canada and China. Currently she can be seen in the tap documentary Tap or Die. Ms. Gray served as the President of the International Tap Association from 2008-2014 and is currently the organization's Director.

Sharon Marroquin
 

Kassie Kelly began her dance training with Nancy Sulik and Kay Ledbetter in Corpus Christi, Texas. Growing up she performed with Corpus Christi Concert Ballet under the direction of Nancy Sulik and Thom Clower. She has studied with Ballet Austin, Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Kassie holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin where she danced for the university’s Dance Repertory Theatre performing works by Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, David Parsons, and Merce Cunningham as well as many faculty and student works. Kassie has had the honor of touring in Austria with Young! Tanzsommer twice, performing with both Dance Repertory Theatre as well as Corpus Christi Concert Ballet. She has performed with many companies in Austin including Andre Torres Dance Company, and The Theorists’, and Shen Jun Movement Effect.

Kassie Kelly
 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Sharon's choreography has been listed numerous times as one of the top ten dance events of the year by the Austin Chronicle, and she is a three-time winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Choreographer. Sharon has created pieces for Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, Big Range Austin Dance Festival, Forklift Danceworks, Ballet East, Hot September Flurries, Tapestry Dance Company, and many others. Her production, The Materiality of Impermanence, based on her experience with breast cancer, was honored with awards for Best Dance Concert and Best Dancer. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Sharon is a dual language elementary school teacher, and the proud mother and stepmother of two teenage sons.  http://sharonmarroquin.wixsite.com/dance

Sharon Marroquin
Alex Miller
 

Alex Miller is a contemporary dancer and certified Pilates instructor originally from Louisiana. She earned a BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in dance in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and while there she choreographed and performed in works for an "Evening of Dance" and "State of La Danse". After graduating, she performed in a European tour of a children's show with The Zinghoppers (Nashville, TN) sponsored by the Pentagon. She relocated to Austin, Texas where she received her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University, and since then has danced for Verge Dance Company, Lorn McDougal, Katherine Hodges, Jennifer Sherburn, NunaMaana, music video for Tinnarose, and back-up danced for Grimes at Austin City Limits music festival (2013). She completed her first evening length work entitled Forgotten Memories which premiered December 2014 in Austin. Alex has participated in many dance intensives to maintain her technical training and keep up with the ever-changing dance world including: Tisch NYU Summer Intensive (New York), Bates Dance Festival (Maine), American College Dance Festival (North Carolina), Doug Varone Summer and Winter Intensives (New York), Prague International Contemporary Workshop (Prauge, Czech Republic), La Caldera Summer (Barcelona, Spain), Flying Low with David Zambrano (Burdag, Poland), and a mentorship at DanceInArt (Haarlem, Netherlands). While in the Netherlands, she had the pleasure of attending a master class with Netherlands Dance Theater, and study at Henny-Jurriens, Chasse Studios, and Amsterdam Dance Center. As an instructor, she has taught contemporary dance at Tapestry Dance Studios and Alisa's School of Dance in Austin, and at DanceInArt in Haarlem and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Currently, Alex teaches full time at Ballet Austin, in both the Butler Community School and the Pilates Center, as well as working with the Butler Fellows. Her contemporary classes are upbeat, technical, and always athletically locomotive, using large movement, both standing and floor work. Alex is currently seeking her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Madeleine Owens is a  graduate from Texas Woman's University with a major in dance studies. She studied tap with Tapestry past principal dancer Katelyn Harris for 5 years and was a member of the professional Dallas tap company Rhythmic Souls for four years. She has studied multiple dance forms including ballet and jazz for 9 years with Ericka Dove, and studied modern extensively at TWU. She has been teaching dance since her sophomore year in high school. She has taught multiple genres but her favorite to teach is tap, and she has taught tap classes from ages ranging 2-70 years old. Her passion has always been for performing, teaching, and absorbing all that is tap dance and she is thrilled to be apart of the Tapestry family.

Madeleine Owens
 

Natalie was raised right here in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising & Graphic Design. She has a great passion for rhythm and dance – her greatest love is Latin social dance. She dances Cuban Style Salsa, On 1 Salsa, On 2 Salsa/Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, and Cumbia. She got her start while working in Nicaragua for one year for the global leadership non-profit, AIESEC and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Natalie has taught classes as the head instructor for the University of Texas dance club Longhorn Salsa and has performed at various venues and congresses as a dancer on the Longhorn Salsa Performance Team. When she’s not dancing, she is listening to live music, drawing, reading, and working as a Project Manager for Swiss Avenue Partners.

Natalie Rodgers
 
Josh Sallerson
 

Josh is a choreographer and instructor originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Josh started dancing at the age of 8 years old and grew up as a competitive dancer as well as graduating from the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing as a member of their elite musical theater touring company. Josh began his choreographic career at that time and was honored at the National High School Dance Festival at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Josh attended the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program in Dance at the University of Florida and wrote and directed his own show to be accepted in the Florida Player’s New Works Festival. During his time there, Josh worked with contemporary modern choreographers such as David Dorfman, Michael Foley, Neta Pulvermacher, Ann Liv Young, The Limon Dance Company, and many others. He also trained in Israel with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Josh has also worked with the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME. Josh’s commercial credits include Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, B2K, and Usher. Josh has been a Teaching Artist at the ZACH Theater and also serves as a judge for Believe National Talent and Applause National Talent Competitions.

Claire Sheek
 

Claire Sheek has over 20 years of experience in various styles of dance, specializing in tap. Along the way she has had the privilege of being mentored by Barbara Duffy, Gene GeBauer, Thelma Goldberg the late Professor Robert L. Reed, not to mention the many master class instructors that have played a huge part in her dance education. As a young tap dancer Claire performed as a member of Prof. Robert L. Reed’s St. Louis Hoofers Club, and has gone on to dance in the Denver-based company 7Dancers, as a guest performer with Anthony LoCasio’s #TapLife Company, with her own company Rocky Mountain Rhythm and as a solo artist. In her early 20’s Claire discovered her passion for teaching tap. She earned two Tap Teacher Training Certificates (Level 1 & 2) from the American Tap Dance Foundation. In an effort to build a stronger tap community Claire founded Rocky Mountain Rhythm in 2014, which has become the go-to resource for tap in Colorado. Since then she has curated many local tap events, master classes, and performances for the community. Claire strives to pass on her love of the art form through her performance and teaching. She is excited and grateful to join Tapestry Dance Company this season.

Will Walker
 

Born and raised in the city of Austin, TX. Will began his dance career at the early age of 8. Performing in school talent shows, family events, and for pretty much anyone who was willing to watch. It wasn’t until his late elementary school years that will joined his first recreational hip hop class at Dancers Workshop. Excelling faster than anticipated, Will began to seek dance in all of its forms. His very first tap class was at the original Tapestry location with Ms. Acia herself. Throughout his high school years, Will was given his first opportunity to teach when he became a Co-Captain of the Leander High School Step Team. And that change the course of Will’s dancing career into Will’s teaching career. Will based his entire educational method on one principle, student development. This would be the foundation that Will built his 15 years of dance instruction on. From middle and high school drill teams to recreational and competitive dance studios, Will continued to raise the bar and strive for excellence in his students and himself. After a 5 year tour of teaching in multiple cities in the US and abroad, Will returns home to once again be apart of the dance community he holds so dear. Aside from continuing to be a respectable, fun, and vibrate dance instructor. Will would like to return to the University of Texas and complete his BFA. 

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