Tapestry Folkdance Center is a unique space and a unique community. Since 1983, this not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization has been fulfilling its mission: “To create opportunities for participating in the joys of dance and music from around the world.” Tapestry is part of the national network of folk and folkdance organizations. It is a member of the National Folk Organization, the Country Dance and Song Society, and the Society of Folk Dance Historians.
The name of Tapestry was suggested by Ted Hodapp, a caller of Contra dances and member of the first Board of Directors. It comes from a quote by Jane Farwell, who established Folklore Village in Dodgeville, Wisconsin: “Each folk dance is a living tapestry, a continuous interaction between music, dance patterns, and people.”Find out more about the history of this space and this community.
The People Who Make it Happen
We wouldn’t be here without the hard work of board and staff, and a dedicated cadre of volunteers who carry out a wide range of functions from taking admission to planning dances, fundraising to maintaining the boulevard garden. Although dancers are encouraged to deepen their engagement with the dance community by becoming members, membership is not required to dance at Tapestry.
Our Board and Staff
Our board values transparency of decision making. Learn more about how this organization is run and its financial health by clicking on the links below.
Our Bylaws, Policies & Procedures
- Tapestry Bylaws
- Board Member and Officer Policies and Procedures
- Organizational Policies and Procedures
- Accessibility Policy, Practices and Procedures (2015)
Looking ahead, Tapestry’s Board of Directors adopted the following five strategic goals in May 2016. The Board will review the tactics for prioritizing, shaping and implementing these goals at least twice yearly.
- Provide joyous dance experiences in community, welcoming people with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- Grow and sustain world dance traditions through a broad range of dance offerings and education.
- Maintain an attractive, accessible, centrally located facility with excellent studios specifically designed for dance.
- Serve as a dance home for many different dance groups and communities.
- Assure sound ongoing governance and management of the organization.