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T.U.P.A.C.
"Where Classical Ballet Legends are Trained!"

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Young Dancer's Ballet I

Young Dancer's Ballet II

Lynne Short

Ballet Fusion

YDP & OPEN Liturgical

Liturgical with Vania Bynum

West African

Etienne Capko

OPEN Adult Ballet

Afro Cuban Dance & Drumming

Hip Hop I & II

West & Central African

Fatimah and the T.U.P.A.C. ensemble

T.U.P.A.C. Summer Study Program

Winter/Spring Schedule

Tuesdays

YDP Ballet I with Ms. Erricka Turner-Davis

4:30PM – 5:30PM 


YDP Ballet II with Ms. Lynne Short

5:30PM – 7:00PM  


YDP/OPEN West African with Mr. Etienne Capko & live drums

7:00PM - 8:30PM   

Wednesdays

OPEN Ballet Fusion with Heather Arneson

12:00PM – 1:15PM   

 

YDP & OPEN Liturgical with Ms. Vania Bynum

5:30PM - 6:45PM  

  

YDP Hip Hop I with Mr. Anthony Nay 

6:45PM - 7:45PM    


YDP Hip Hop II with Ms. Ariel Advincula

7:45PM - 8:45PM        

Thursdays

YDP Ballet I & II with Ms. Lynne Short

6:00PM – 7:15PM 

Fridays

OPEN Ballet with Ms. Julie Tobiason

9:30AM – 11:00AM 


YDP/OPEN West & Central African with Ms. Fatimah Gordon-Mateen, 

Mr. Dawud Mateen & live drums

7:30PM – 9:00PM   

Saturdays

OPEN Ballet with Ms. Julie Tobiason  

9:00AM – 10:30AM 

 

YDP Ballet II with Ms. Julie Tobiason

10:30AM – 12PM


YDP Ballet I with Ms. Erricka Turner-Davis

12:00PM – 1:00PM      

YDP : Young Dancers Program Ages 6-18

OPEN : Ages 13 - Adult (drop-ins available)

TUPAC SHAKUR

 

AS A TEENAGER, TUPAC WAS A BALLET DANCER

Posted on February 19, 2012 by 3 comments

Tupac Shakur, hardcore rapper, was a former ballet dancer. Below is an excerpt of his biography

Tupac Shakur’s mother was a Black Panther activist and she was in prison during her pregnancy. Her militancy influenced both his upbringing and later, his music. But it was acting that first attracted the young Tupac, who became a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theatre company.
As a teenager, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dance classes, including ballet. He later said that he would have been a completely different person if it was not for these experiences, and from that, we can take it, he would have lived the violent life, but without the music.
And it was while living in Baltimore, he discovered rap and began performing as MC New York. In the late 1980s, Shakur and his family moved to the West Coast. He joined the Oakland, California-based hip-hop group ‘Digital Underground’, which earlier had scored a hit with the song “The Humpty Dance.”
In 1991, Shakur emerged as a solo artist — using the name 2Pac — with his debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now’. The track “Brenda’s Got a Baby” reached as high as number three on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. His second album ‘Strictly 4 My N. I. G. G. A. Z.’ crossed over to the pop charts, with singles “I Get Around” and “Keep Ya Head Up.” The album went platinum, selling more than a million copies. Around this time, Shakur also appeared in several films, including ‘Poetic Justice’ (1993) opposite Janet Jackson.

Olivia, Janina, and DianaStarr, T.U.P.A.C. dancers

About T.U.P.A.C.

"Where Classical Ballet Legends Are Trained!"


Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), a 501(c)3, offers classical ballet and multicultural dance instruction for children and teens ages 6-18 that aims to provide the discipline, the creativity and the confidence to reach their highest potential. Classes in ballet, liturgical, West African, hip-hop and Pilates concentrate on proper placement and gradual advancement of motion.


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Provide our most deserving  racially diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts. 


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T.U.P.A.C. envisions a future where our students will be globally recognized as T.U.P.A.C. artists by the content of their character, their poise, the generosity of their spirit and the phenomenal contributions they make to their communities and the planet. 


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY 

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.


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