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Tony Merriwether

Tony Merriwether was initially inspired during an in-school outreach program conducted by Acia Gray and her company, Tapestry Dance Company (TDC), of Austin, TX. Tony grew through the ranks of Tapestry, beginning in the Academy and the company's pre-apprentice training program, Visions In Rhythm (VIR). As a member of VIR, his performance credits include Lane Alexander's Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Acia Gray's Soul to Sole Festival, Barbara Phillips’ Third Coast Rhythm Project, as well as the productions of VIR. Throughout his training, he has had the honor of working with inspirational master artists such as Derick Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Jason Janas, Fayard Nicholas, Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, and many others. As a result of his hard work, love, and dedication to the art form, Tony auditioned and was accepted into Tapestry Dance Company. This brought him to the company's national touring show, The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance where Tony was given the privilege of performing alongside masters Dianne Walker, Sarah Petronio, and Arthur Duncan, known from the Lawrence Welk Show. Among many Tapestry original productions, Tony also performed in Sarah Petronio's Tribute to Jimmy Slyde at the New York City Tap Festival in Ayodele Casel's and Sarah Savelli's production of Wonderland a tap tribute to Stevie Wonder and Thank You, Gregory, a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. He is currently the Artistic Director of True Sound Rhythm Productions.