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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
YDP : Young Dancers Program Ages 6-18
OPEN : Ages 13 - Adult (drop-ins available)
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.
"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.
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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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