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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 Jan-June 2018

Kabby Mitchel III


YDP Ballet I with Ms. Erricka Turner-Davis

4:30PM – 5:30PM 

YDP Ballet II with Ms. Lynne Short

5:30PM – 7:00PM 

West African Dance with Mr. Etienne Cakpo 

& live drums by Mr. Yaw Amponsah

7:00PM - 8:30PM  


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        


YDP Ballet I & II with Ms. Lynne Short

6:00PM – 7:15PM

Afro-Cuban dance & drumming with Mr. Arturo Rodriguez  



OPEN Ballet with Ms. Julie Tobiason accompanied by  live piano by Mr. Nathaniel Dybevik

9:30AM – 11:00AM 

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

live drums & saxophone by Mr. Dawud Mateen 

7:30PM – 9:00PM   


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)




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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