"Where Classical Ballet Legends are Trained!"

PNB Dancer

Amanda Morgan


Open Ballet 

Wednesday, July 17th

10:00 - 11:30 am

Children's Ballet

Tuesday & Thursday

July 16th & 18th

5:30 - 7:00 pm


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One Week Only! August 12th - 16th, 2019

Ages 12 + with at least 3 years of formal ballet training. Register today for our Summer Intensive. Learn from an extensive guest faculty. Guest teachers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). Each day will be a fun and rigorous experience. Register today to save your spot and learn from the best!

Past Guest Teachers

Julie Tobiason - former principal dancer PNB & T.U.P.A.C. Ballet Director

Daphne Lee - Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Abbie Siegal - Principal, PNB School

Jade Solomon Curtis - Choreographer, Dancer,  SoloMagic

Lynne Short, former Principal, Ballet Austin School, T.U.P.A.C. Master Teacher

Marie Chong - Artistic Director of Arc Dance & Arc School of Ballet

Virginia Johnson - Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Single Class Pricing

10:00 - 11:30 am - Ballet technique class        $20.00

10:00 - 12:45 am - Ballet technique + Pointe class $40.00

1:15 - 3:15 Contemporary class $25.00 

5:00 - 6:30  Musical Theatre class $20.00 


Full Day Workshop

10:00 - 5:00 includes ballet technique, pointe, contemporary, and musical theatre. 

Any one day $90.00 per day

Two or more days $80.00 per day

Package price for all five days $350.00


Any one day ballet technique class $18.00 per class

Two or more ballet technique classes $16.00 per class

Any one day ballet technique + pointe class $36.00 

Two or more ballet technique + pointe class $33.00 per day

Any one day contemporary class $22.00

Two or more contemporary class days $20.00

Any one day musical theatre class $18.00

Two or more musical theatre class days $16.00 per class

Full Day Workshop

10:00 - 5:00 includes ballet technique, pointe, contemporary, and musical theatre

Any one day $80.00 per day

Two or more days $70.00 per day

Package price for all five days, $310.00


CHILDREN'S BALLET BEG/INT July 8th - August 1st 2019

SUMMER SCHEDULE  July 8th - August 23rd 2019


10:00 - 11:30       Open Ballet                                Jacobson                                

5:30 - 7:00           Flamenco  Advanced Beg       Fleites-Lear

7:00 - 8:30           Flamenco Basic Beg                 Fleites-Lear


9:00 - 2:00            Royal Court                              Guerrero & Williams

5:30 - 7:00            Academy/Children's              Short

7:00 - 8:30            Flamenco                                  Fleites-Lear


9:00 - 2:00            Royal Court                             Guerrero & Williams

10:00 - 11:30        Open Ballet                             Morgan        

5:30 - 7:00            Academy                                  Short

5:30 - 7:00            Open Beginner Ballet           Ethridge

7:15 - 8:15            Egyptian                                  Rauf  *** Begins July 31


9:00 - 2:00            Royal Court                            Guerrero & Williams

4:00 - 5:30            Children's Ballet Beg/Int    Guerrero *** ends on Aug. 1st                  

5:30 - 7:00            Academy                                 Short

6:30 - 7:30            Open Contemporary             O'Toole     ***TAM off site

7:00 - 10:00          POSE/Vogue                           Rockey


10:00 - 11:30       Open Ballet                             Tobiason/O'Toole


9:00 - 11:00       Tahitian                                    Sagapolutele


1:00 - 2:30         West African                            Alhassan


Children's Ballet Beg/Int  

$200 per Session      

$375 for both Sessions

+ $25 Registration Fee

Academy Summer Session: $350

 +$25 Registration Fee

Open Ballet: $15 per Class  

10 Class Card: $140

Enhanced Technique: $15 per Class

5 Class Card: $65

Beginner Flamenco: $15 per Class

5 Class Card: $65



Session 1 - July 9th - July 18th

This magical program is designed for Princes & Princesses ages 3-7. Each day will be packed with exciting activities, including a 45 minute ballet class, kids karaoke, story time, arts & crafts, choreography, a healthy snack and a game or film to end each enchanting day. A short performance for friends and family will end each session!

Session 2 - July 23rd - August 1st

Special Price $ 325 for both Sessions

$175 for each individual Session  

Register Now!

Tupac's Urban Nutcracker 2019 Auditions

2019 Auditions Wednesday August 14th,  2019.

Ages 4-7 @ 5:00 pm   Ages 8-13 @ 5:30 pm   Ages 14 and up @ 6:00 pm 

Check out this great video of our 2018 Urban Nutcracker rehearsal.


TTT: Thursday's @ TAM w/T.U.P.A.C.


Community Contemporary Dance Classes

Join us at TAM every 2nd Thursday of the month for our Community Contemporary Dance Class taught by Master Teacher, and Artistic Director of T.U.P.A.C., Kara O'Toole. Join the Free class, just observe or sketch our T.U.P.A.C. students from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM every 2nd Thursday from throughout the Summer!


Dance is a Living Breathing Art Form



2nd Thursday's are free at TAM after 5:00 PM

Dance with us at TAM. For more info, call: 253-327-1873.

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Kabby Mitchell III and Mikhail Baryshnikov on Tour


Kabby Mitchell  III will always be our touchstone. TUPAC would not exist without Kabby's  vision. 

We shall forever be grateful for how he shaped our lives and shared with us his discipline, grace, fortitude, truth, constant quest for excellence and laughter. 

We shall always honor his memory by keeping his passion for not only educating marginalized communities with high quality classical ballet technique, but also setting an example for guiding students in being respected world citizens. Thank you, Mr. Mitchell - we stand on your shoulders, and will always strive to relay your high standards to our students.



Try a class and experience the joy of dance!


Whether you are a beginner or seasoned professional, T.U.P.A.C.  has something for everyone. Classes for teens and adults provide a wonderful dance experience on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required.

Try a class and experience the joy of dance!

Class Rates:

$20/class (single class African)

$15/class (single class drop in rate)

$12/class (single class drop in rate for students with valid ID & seniors aged 65+ years, Military)

$10/barre only (single class drop in rate when taking barre only)

$140 10-class card

$110 10-class card (students/seniors)

$95 10-class card (Barre Only)

Open Ballet Int.

Monday: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday:  10:00 am - 11:45 am  

Friday: 10:00am - 11:30 am

Open Ballet Beg.

Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Open Tahitian

Saturday:  9:00 am - 11:00 am

Open West African

Sunday: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2nd Thursday of the month Off-Site at TAM: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm





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.

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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.


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


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. 


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.

We reserve the right to refuse services to  any person for any reason.

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