Performance Companies

The Austin Tap Ensemble

The Austin Tap Ensemble exists to foster a passion for tap dance in a joyful, loving, and accepting community. ATE began in 2013 under the direction of Brenna Kuhn at the Shirley McPhail School of Dance. In the fall of 2017, Ms. Kuhn opened Art Beat Dance Center, where ATE now calls home. 

The Austin Tap Ensemble believes that high-quality dance entertainment should be accessible to everyone, so they bring rhythm tap performances to the Central Texas community for low- or no-cost. ATE has performed at Meals on Wheels - Mike's Place, Westminster Senior Living, The Pointe at Cedar Park, Balcones Woods Country Club, Texas Legislative Council, the Anderson Mill West Neighborhood Association, Soul2Sole Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Tap It Up, and True Sound Rhythm Project. If you are interested in booking ATE to perform for your group or event, please email

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Pulse & Bounce Pre-Professional Dance Companies

Pulse is for dancers aged 13-18. Bounce is for dancers aged 9-12. Auditions will be held September 28 at the studio!

The goals of Art Beat Dance Center's Pulse & Bounce Dance Companies are to enable young dancers to experience a pre-professional dance company, to nurture dancers’ growth as performers, and to encourage excellence in each individual dancer. Pulse and Bounce are committed to fostering a sense of community as well as a safe haven for dancers to explore their creative and artistic potential. The faculty for Pulse and Bounce are professionally trained teachers, performers, and choreographers who strive to help each student recognize his or her potential as a performer and an individual.

Performances serve as a vehicle for allowing dancers the opportunity to experience the discipline of a dance career and the joy of working with others in a cohesive group setting. Pulse has performed at the Austin Spurs, the Texas Stars, CryoFire Health and Wellness Open House, Heritage Oaks Senior Living, Balcones Woods Country Club and Auberge at Cedar Park Memory Care Center. If you are interested in booking Pulse and/or Bounce to perform for your group or event, please email

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